Category Archives: Aspen

Lake Powell tied at the turbines to ski lifts

Upcoming studies seek to get a firmer grip on how much water can be developed in the Colorado River headwaters without imperiling production of electricity at Glen Canyon Dam.
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Aspen Electric joins the most exclusive of groups

Aspen Electric has joined the most elite of clubs, utilities with 100 percent renewable portfolios. It joins salt-of-the-earth Greensburg, Kan., and earthy progressive Burlington, Vt. But a great many other municipalities have started down the same path. Continue reading

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Presidential wannabes in ski towns

Presidential candidates were in Aspen and Jackson Hole this year to press the flesh — and pass the campaign donation hat. They visit Park City, too. But they rarely show up in Vail or Beaver Creek. Why not? Continue reading

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The climate optimism of Tim Wirth

At the American Renewable Energy Day conference, an upbeat Tim Wirth predicted great success at the Paris climate change negotiations in Paris during December, but said he sees two major questions beyond Paris. Continue reading

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The murkiness of voluntary RECs

Credit Telluride with busting its butt to decarbonize municipal and eventually community functions. But did purchase of $18,250 worth of RECs from the Ridgway hydroelectric unit really achieve it? Continue reading

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Aspen’s renewable milestone in 2015

Aspen, the municipality, put its mind to shifting its electrical portfolio to 100 percent renewables—and guess what, it’s about there and without costing an arm and a leg.
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Calculating the return on ski racing in Vail Valley

It cost the Vail Valley Foundation and associated entities $59 million to host the 2015 World Alpine Ski Championships. Was it worth it? Continue reading

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Diverting the rot from Aspen

Food accounts for 40 percent of waste, as measured by weight, dumped into landfills nationally, and in Aspen and Pitkin County, diverting that waste into composting could extend the local landfill’s life and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Continue reading

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Climatic hip-swinging at Snowmass

Even as they hoisted giant mastodon bones over their shoulders, scientists gathered at 9,000 feet in Snowmass suspected the greatest value of the site would be what it could tell us about changing climates at high elevations.
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Energy Prize

Park City/Summit County, Aspen, and Jackson Hole are among the 52 communities in the United States competing for Georgetown University’s $5 million Energy Prize.
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