Hansen’s transmission bill

ptdoe writes: what is Hansen’s bill really about?  Looks like we already have load balancing being evaluated if not fully accomplished–the thing they don’t have in the don’t-mess-with-me state.  Is giving the monopolies a free hand to build more transmission lines really a good idea if CCA is approved for use in CO?. And what about the U.S. effort to …

Colorado’s Community Solar Program

BY LILLI AMBORT AND MARIA MCCOY | DATE: 17 FEB 2021 |  In 2010, Colorado passed the Community Solar Gardens Act (HB 1342), which enabled the statewide shared renewables pilot program. Colorado expanded the program through legislation (HB 1284) and a 2016 settlement deal with Xcel Energy, but it is still capped at 105 megawatts. The Community Solar Gardens Act encourages creation of community solar gardens by investor owned utilities (IOUs), with …

The Broadway bike ‘superhighway’ might be done sometime in 2023?

By David Sachs in Denverite, Feb 24, 2021. Eight years after it started. When all is said and done, it might take longer to design and build a 1.5-mile bike lane on Broadway than it does for construction crews to widen a 10-mile stretch of I-70 that includes a 40-foot deep trench. According to the Denver Department of Transportation and …

Hail, America’s most under-rated climate risk has expanded footprint across the country + ‘staggering increase in heat deaths’. Fossil fuel and coal downturn

Hail! It’s America’s most underrated climate risk, Atlantic, February 9, 2021. (See bottom of this post) Wisconsin researchers in a new study find that over the last 40 years hail has expanded its footprint across the country and has become more frequent in the so-called Hail Alley stretching from Wyoming to Texas. Study: Warmer weather will increase flooding in the Columbia River Basin this …

Why Elijah McClain should never have been stopped, never have been grabbed by a cop — 10 seconds after the encounter began — in which McClain seemed to do nothing more than walk away from cops who had no reason to suspect he had committed or was going to commit a crime. Why he should never have been frisked. Why he should never have been put in a carotid choke hold.

Littwin: According to a newly released report on Elijah McClain’s death, the only innocent person involved was McClain himself Where to put the blame? According to the outside investigators, you can put it on the cops. On the paramedics. On the investigating detectives. On the DA. Elijah-McClain The newly released 157-page report into the death of Elijah McClain begins with …

Colorado Commissioners reject cap and trade to meet statutory GHG reductions

Before voting to reject the idea, the AQCC commissioners questioned whether they had the authority to create such a complex and potentially costly program from scratch, without new laws and accompanying funding passed by the state legislature. there is not the time or the staff or the money to try it while facing two years of extensive rulemaking for other …

Denver area refinery chronically violating clean air laws, threatening people, communities, and justice: Suit filed to ensure action on Suncor oil refinery air pollution permits

Suncor’s refinery is a massive source of toxic air pollution and harmful greenhouse gases located in Commerce City in Adams County. It also disproportionately impacts low income households and Latino communities primarily in the 80216 zip code, which is frequently reported as the most polluted zip code in the United States. By law, the Air Pollution Control Division must deny air permits …

Transportation Electrification Plan Urgency and Equity—Comments on Proceeding No. 20A-0204E By Dan Regelson

TEP Urgency and Equity—Comments on Proceeding No. 20A-0204EBy Dan Regelson of EnergyShouldBe.orgXcel’s Transportation Electrification Plan (TEP) is a necessary step towards achievingColorado’s target of 940,000 EVs on the road by 2030. However, Xcel must do more to switchcustomers from their existing fossil fuel vehicles. Building chargers and reducing perceivedbarriers to EV adoption is necessary but not sufficient. SB 19-077 requires …

54% of Westerners see climate change as a “very serious” problem

The consensus to invest more in conservation is up to 92% of voters now, from 84% in 2011, and is nearly equal across the Western states. Those feelings also cross the partisan spectrum, Metz said, with 98% of Democrats wanting more protection and 87% of Republicans, according to new results from a long-term, eight-state poll run by Colorado College.  Neighborhoods with …

Avoid False Solutions! Stanford Study Says Renewable Power Eliminates Argument for Using CCS with Fossil Fuels

Stanford Study Says Renewable Power Eliminates Argument for Using Carbon Capture with Fossil Fuels, by Justin Mikulka, DeSmog Blog, Nov 21, 2019. + New research from Stanford University professor Mark Z. Jacobson questions the climate and health benefits of carbon capture technology against simply switching to renewable energy sources like wind and solar. Carbon capture technology is premised on two possible approaches …