Category Archives: Economic Development

Ron Lehr and the energy transition

At the meeting’s end, I asked Lehr what was the most interesting and perhaps exciting news in the world of renewable energy. Prices, he responded, have been falling rapidly, both for wind, but also for solar. In other words, these once expensive renewables are approaching and in some cases achieving parity with generation by fossil fuels. This suggests that adoption will accelerate. 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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Space travel from two miles high

At the new spaceport in Leadville, two miles high at liftoff will get you that much closer to a sensation that is even better than the floating feeling of skiing on powder. This is the final frontier of tourism for Vail Resorts. Continue reading

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Randy Udall on our energy bonanza

Persistence and hard work have yielded a bounty of oil and natural gas in the Rocky Mountains, but Randy Udall questions the cost of this treasure and wonders whether we are now chained to drilling rigs and are throwing away the key. Continue reading

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The global view of energy

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper and a dozen other business leaders, investors, and researchers agreed that while the bounty of natural gas provides breathing room, the quest must continue to a future of low- or no-carbon energy as the world struggles to expand energy services without risking an unstable climate. Continue reading

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Punching through Colorado’s wall of mountains

The Eisenhower bore of Interstate 70 was completed 40 years ago this month, enabling easy access from Denver and the city’s major airport to the mountain resorts of Colorado.
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Colorado River Basin Supply and Demand Study

Pipe water from Memphis to Denver? Tow icebergs from Alaska to LA? Lots of fun, improbable ideas were examined in the Colorado River Basin Supply and Demand Study, which was issued in December. But the gritty realty as population grows and river volumes decline during coming decades will likely be increased conservation and more transfers from agriculture to cities. Continue reading

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Why the slow action on global warming?

Intimate in its setting but expansive in its outlook, Mountainfilm at Telluride this year turns its attention most directly at global warming during its Moving Mountains forum. Continue reading

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Vail Global Energy Forum

Mountain towns and valleys of the West have become notable marketplaces for ideas and deals, with Aspen, Sun Valley and Jackson Hole all hosting conferences at which national — and often international — headlines are made. Can Vail succeed in its alliance with Stanford University, which has aspirations of its own to be a key player in the world energy debate. The Vail Global Energy Forum continues March 2-3 at the Vilar Center in Beaver Creek.
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