Two of three biggest members of Tri-State Generation and Transmission say they’re very unhappy with the new policies that are purported to provide transparency and increase member flexibility. Together, the two co-ops by July will represent upwards of 25% of the total demand among the by-then 42 members of Tri-State.
This may be the sweet spot of tragedy in my world, the calm before the pandemic storm. I’ve not lost loved ones or even liked ones. I may yet. But, for a time at least, the world has slowed down and quieted. Cars and trucks, always self-important, have diminished their intrusive presence. Can we hope for a new, more discerning normal after this is over?
My weekly rumination as the introduction to Mountain Town News wherein I discuss what has caught my attention that particular week.
Canmore, at the entrance to Banff National Park, has been pushing back on the intensity of lighting that he utility company wants in street lights. The International Dark Sky Association cites studies that find lesser light is effective and also more healthy. And in Colorado, the San Juan Mountain towns of Ouray and Ridgway also hope to curb light pollution and retain a night sky that includes the Milky Way.
Water reuse was a strong theme at the Water int he West Symposium, a sort-of coming out conferences for the new partnership between Denver Water and Colorado State University. The two institutions plan a Water Resources Center at the site of the National Western Stock Show complex near downtown Denver.
Katharine Hayhoe and Gina McCarthy have different ways of working the stage, but they have few peers in their abilities to hold an audience’s attention whether talking about the perils of climate change, the fast-paced energy transition, or why Donald Trump’s political imitation of an ostrich will surely fail.