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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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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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Inching along toward renewables in mountain towns

Crested Butte and Breckenridge examine goals of 100 percent renewables, and Kit Carson Electric moves along toward the same goal with another solar farm. Continue reading

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The fracture lines over Colorado’s coal plant retirement bill

A bill that would cushion closed coal plants encounters fractures in the Colorado Legislature, both along party lines but also among environmentalists. Continue reading

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Denver’s very interesting smart city laboratories

Under the heading of smart city, Denver has much research underway that will inform homes of the future, how they connect to the grid, and even how we travel. Continue reading

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Why electrical utilities will soon be very different

Roof-top solar collectors may soon more than double in efficiency, but there are many other changes underway in how we produce and consume electricity.

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Battery storage, microgrids and grid resiliency

Is battery storage where the cost of solar PV was before prices began tumbling. If so, it could allow much deeper penetration of renewables into the electrical grid. Xcel Energy is trying to get ahead of that curve. Continue reading

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Howard Geller’s energy efficiency broccoli

Howard Geller preaches the gospel of energy efficiency, which is a little like trying to sell the virtues of broccoli. In Colorado, and other states of the Southwest, he’s having some success. Continue reading

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Game changers and other shifts in electrical services

Solar and wind soon will be competitive with fossil fuels without need of subsidies. They’re being integrated into existing systems at volumes thought impossible a decade ago. And the future is so incredibly bright—if only we get the new public policy right for electrical utilities. Continue reading

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A conversation about utilities of the future

Regulation of investor-owned utilities in Colorado and elsewhere is “so 20th century,” in the words of a Colorado legislator. Max Tyler proposes a deep examination of regulatory reform. His bill passed its first test on a party-line vote.
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