Category Archives: Hydroelectric

A small Colorado pivot in our great national energy transition

Should electrical co-operative providers be allowed to produce more than 5 percent of their electrical from local and mostly renewable sources? A Colorado case has implications for our great national energy transition. Continue reading

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Putting the electric harness on old dams

With strong financial and other incentives from state and federal governments, several dams in Colorado have or soon will be retrofitted with electrical turbines.
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Small hydro on irrigation canals in Colorado

For a century, there was talk but nothing more of harnessing the power of falling water on the irrigation infrastructure east of Montrose, Colo. Now, two turbines are at work in producing electricity, and tow more are planned. 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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The real war of electrical co-ops

If there was ever an argument for a transition to a 21st-century energy infrastructure, look no further than our current challenges with the economies that have been built on the backs of the Colorado River. Continue reading

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Putting water to work

And now come new efforts across Colorado to further yoke the power of falling water. Continue reading

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Whistler’s changing climate and energy shift

Whistler Blackcomb has benefited from the warming climate even as it has made itself more resilient to declining snow. But it remains vulnerable.
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Enough water for Glen Canyon Dam?

It’s a slim possibility,but with potentially huge consequences: What if Lake Powell next summer has too little water to generate electricity at Glen Canyon Dam? Continue reading

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Silverton mill first under hydroelectric law

Small hydroelectric plant near Silverton is first in Colorado to seek licensing under new federal legislation signed in August 2013. Continue reading

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