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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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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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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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Towns powered by 100 percent renewables

Just a handful of towns and cities have been able to achieve 100 percent renewables. Devastated by a tornado, tiny Greensburg, Kan., was the first. Aspen Electric may join this elite group later this year. Continue reading

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China climate pact a good step not a swindle

Chuck Kutscher’s PowerPoint presentation to the Colorado Renewable Energy Society about climate change was a 90-minute roller coaster of hope and despair, rich with detail and telling images. Continue reading

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Colorado wind energy’s triumphs and challenges

Wind energy in Colorado has picked up bragging rights in the last decades, and more gains are very possible as a result of the EPA’s Clean Power Plant and technological improvements. But there are challenges, too. 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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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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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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Piling on renewables at Telluride

Little by little, Telluride continues to put money into renewable energy, inching toward a goal of 100 percent renewable energy for municipal operations by 2020. Continue reading

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