Colorado lawmakers plan to advance climate action

Colorado lawmakers plan a major push on climate change to strengthen Polis’ roadmap: Environmentalists say the governor’s plan isn’t strong enough; Polis wants any new bills to be business-friendly By ALEX BURNESS | aburness@denverpost.com | The Denver Post January 25, 2021 There’s growing frustration among impatient environmentalists with Colorado Gov. Jared Polis’ climate leadership, saying the Democrat — who campaigned in 2018 on a …

Utility greenwashing: Xcel Energy received a score of 41 out of 100 and a grade of C. The data notes Xcel intends to retire 65% of its coal capacity by 2030

Sierra Club says the companies it looked at account for 68% of the United States’ remaining coal generation — yet those utilities have plans to retire only a quarter of that capacity by 2030 By Robert Walton@TeamWetDog on Utility Dive, Jan. 26, 2021 Despite setting goals to decarbonize their resource mix, many utility pledges amount to little more than “meaningless …

PV costs just 11% of what it did a decade ago. Installing solar utility generation has been cheaper than wind or natural gas-fired plants, and far cheaper than new coal generation

Plummeting prices for solar panels in the past decade mean the cost of generating by the sun is now only 11% of what it was 10 years ago, and with various tax credits, significantly cheaper than building fossil fuel plants.  By 2018, installing solar utility generation was cheaper than wind or natural gas-fired plants, and far cheaper than new coal generation.  …

Tiny home villages, affordable housing and transit oriented development expanding

A tiny home village opened in the Cole neighborhood in late 2020 The researchers’ latest assessment compared village residents to a control group of people experiencing homelessness over a year that ended in October and included the pandemic. The researchers found that villagers were four times more likely to be working or in school and reported lower levels of anxiety, …

Colorado Won’t Meet Climate Goals without Swift Action on Buildings

RMI October 6, 2020  |  By Mike Henchen and Courtney Fieldman Colorado officials recently released their long-awaited draft Greenhouse Gas Pollution Reduction Roadmap, laying out a path toward achieving the state’s goals of a 50 percent reduction in carbon emissions by 2030 and 90 percent by 2050. The roadmap takes stock of Colorado’s emissions across sectors, such as transportation, electricity, and buildings. It …

How big utilities are impeding clean energy and what we can do about it

Let’s Talk About Solar, Equity, and Monopoly Power in 2021, by JOHN FARRELL | DATE: 22 DEC 2020 |  Since ILSR wrote about the Dawning of Solar Cells (pdf) in 1975, we’ve been fans of the potential to integrate energy production with the local economy. We provided early forecasts of the rooftop solar revolution and support for the first statewide value of solar policy. Recently, we analyzed how distributed solar …

Gas underestimated and we’ll get 2.3 C of heating with what we’ve emitted thus far, but we can control the speed

More Than Two Degrees of Climate Warming Is Already Locked In, New Study in Nature Climate Change Finds, by Olivia Rosane Jan. 06, 2021 Researchers estimate that a likely total of 2.3 degrees Celsius of warming is now locked in. DuKai photographer / Getty Images Existing greenhouse gases will eventually push the climate into more than two degrees of warming, according to a study published …

Can companies like SpaceX finally bring broadband to thousands of rural Coloradans?

Unserved rural homes and businesses may finally get broadband thanks to $250 million in federal spending. But after looking at the maps, some have their doubts the money will reach its goal Tamara Chuang4:03 AM MST on Dec 10, 2020 Credibility: Original Reporting Sources Cited Elon Musk’s SpaceX is coming to Colorado. Sort of. The California aerospace firm was among …

Vibrant Clean Energy study argues for energy imbalance markets and regional transmission to lower costs

November 2, 2020 by Allen Best Lowering electricity bills in Colorado: Study makes the case to Colorado legislators and others about the benefits to consumers of advanced energy markets https://www.vibrantcleanenergy.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/CO-EIM-Options-Report.pdf Powerpoint: https://www.vibrantcleanenergy.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/CO-EIM-Options-Presentation.pdf by Allen Best A new study commissioned by two electrical cooperatives in Colorado makes the case again for developed markets and coordinated transmission of electricity both through energy imbalance markets …