Category Archives: Electrical co-operatives

Xcel decision fortifies calls for 100 percent renewables

With major utilities like Xcel now retiring coal plants because of costs, calls for 100 percent renewables in Breckenridge and Durango seem more attainable. Continue reading

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Dark side of the moon and climate change

Science had predicted all this with precision. None of us gathered along the barbed wire fences in Nebraska had doubted it. But why so little faith in climate science? Continue reading

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Bone on bone in the Colorado River

The broader story about the Colorado River is about a narrowing razor’s edge between supply and demand. There’s no crisis, but water officials are planning for one. Continue reading

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Testimony at EPA hearings in Denver

Hundreds testified both for and against the EPA’s Clean Power Plan, but the most interesting came from those with their wagons hitched to fossil fuels. Continue reading

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Randy Udall and the energy that has made us all gods

The late Randy Udall was blunt, contrarian, thoughtful, methodical, colorful — and had a riveting message about the fossil fuels that he said allowed mere mortals to live lives not just of royalty, but of the very gods themselves. 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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