Natural gas microscope

Colorado PUC to launch investigation of what must be considered in order to curb emissions from natural gas use in buildings.

Natural gas bridge necessary?

Platte River Power Authority directors are being asked to choose a path to 100% emissions free electricity that crosses a natural gas bridge. Is that necessary?

Barriers to building electrification

Electrification of buildings makes sense for several reasons. What’s holding up the show? A new report lays out barriers and potential solutions in Colorado.

The next energy frontier

Candelas housing construction

After successes as a wind and then solar developer Eric Blank sees electrifying buildings as the next frontier. “It’s crazy to build 40,000 houses a year” in Colorado with natural gas infrastructure, he says.

Colorado’s natural gas pivot

Colorado begins a conversation about limiting natural gas in new construction as necessary for the state to meet its carbon reduction goals.

Natural gas questions and tensions

Tension has been rising around the role of natural gas. A new Sierra Club report counters a push by a utilities in California about “renewable natural gas.” Colorado’s oil and gas sectors hopes to quash local natural gas bans with an initiative on the November ballot.

Acceleration of the energy transition

Drake coal plant

Long ago — late 2018 — a declaration of an 80% emissions reduction by 2030 seemed so bold. But Colorado Springs demonstrates its attainability. A new report says even more is possible.

Cost and comfort emphasized instead of climate as natural gas lines stubbed

Building electrification has started to take off in Colorado. A developer of the North Vista Highlands project at Pueblo has decided against installing natural gas lines into the 4,850-unit site. In Boulder and Boulder County, electric buildings are a crucial step toward climate action goals. But the jurisdictions emphasize comfort, not climate.

The future of energy illustrated by Basalt Vista

If Colorado is to meet its greenhouse gas goals, use of natural gas and propane will have to be vastly reduced in the building sector. An affordable housing complex with 27 units called Basalt Vista shows what this low-carbon future might look like.

The squeeze on global resources

Does the planet have the oil and other resources to support 9 billion people? Former Colorado state geologist Vince Matthews argues we should be worried.

Colorado environmental benefits of electric cars

Electric cars remain scarce in Colorado, but governments and advocacy groups have been installing charging stations in anticipation of rapid growth in sales. Electric cars, they say, can reduce ground-level ozone, dependency on foreign energy sources, and lower greenhouse gas emissions.