Category Archives: Colorado General Assembly

Colorado’s legislative green agenda

Colorado legislators have a limited appetite for an ambitious green agenda this session, but expect bills about drilling and the Clean Power Plan. Continue reading

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Colorado’s conversation about conservation

A Colorado legislative interim committee took testimony about how the state might push deeper cuts in water use for towns and cities, while leaving local latitude about how to achieve goals. Continue reading

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Should government be able limit the size of your lawn?

It’s hard to say what proportion of a typical residential lot is covered by water-intensive turf. One guess is 40 to 60 percent after the house, sidewalks, and so forth are subtracted. A much more Draconian limit of 15 percent was proposed in a bill introduced into the Colorado legislature this year. This summer, an interim committee will discuss whether the state should adopt measures to limit water use for urban development and leave it for agriculture use. Continue reading

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Water-efficient fixtures could become mandatory in Colorado

Denver Water, the primary proponent of the efficiency legislation, estimates that broad adoption of the water-efficient toilets, urinals, shower heads, and faucets will produce 40,000 acre-feet of savings across Colorado by 2050. Continue reading

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SWEEP study of managed toll lanes

For crowded highways, such as I-70 between Denver and Summit County, managed toll lanes are better than general access lanes at alleviating congestion. Continue reading

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The odd couple of greenhouse gas reduction in Colorado

An unlikely pairing of the Aspen Skiing Co., Koch-owned Oxbow Mining and the persistence of gas man Tom Vessels yielded electrical generation and a big reduction in a potent greenhouse gas. Continue reading

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Jobs, rural Colorado, and the transition from coal

Both sides cited jobs as Colorado legislators considered S.B. 252, a proposal to increase the renewable energy standard for electrical cooperatives and their wholesale supplier, Tri-State Generation and Transmission. The reality is probably much more nuanced. Continue reading

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