Category Archives: Renewable Energy

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George Shultz at Vail Global Energy Forum

While acknowledging climate risks, Stanford’s George Shultz painted an optimistic picture for the U.S. in remarks as the Vail Global Energy Forum. Continue reading

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Three principles of climate change politics

In turns cheerful and stern, former U.S. Sen. Tim Wirth shared what about our energy story terrifies him and what makes him eager to get up in the morning. 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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Cleaning the carbon house in Aspen

Aspen reports it is ahead of schedule in its efforts to decarbonize municipal operations. But the local community is really no better than the U.S. as a whole. 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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Ski towns and carbon tax

Nobody has adopted a true carbon tax in the United States, but several mountain towns are kind of, sort of, talking about it. Maybe Continue reading

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Global warming’s balloon payment

Whistler Blackcomb, Aspen Skiing and Vail Resorts have all grown economically while reducing their carbon footprints. But should ski areas also be advocates? Continue reading

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Basalt’s small hydro

Basalt, Colo., retrofitted its water system to produce electricity, but the federal permitting process wasn’t easy.
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Making small hydro easier

Two new laws make it easier for existing dams, irrigation canals and city water mains to be retrofitted for hydroelectric production. In the West, that could add up.
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T. Boone Pickens and the land of energy plenty

You’re going to have to deal with natural gas for 100 years,” said energy billionaire T. Boone Pickens at the American Renewable Energy Day conference in Aspen. Continue reading

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