Energy gleanings from Colorado

Solar farms in the works near Delta, Fort Collins and Pueblo, Jigar Shah shares thoughts on scaling the energy transition, CORE makes case to Aspen.

How can Platte River hit 2030 goal?

Platte River Power Authority has is currently the decarbonization frontrunner among Colorado’s larger electrical utilities. But how can it get to 100% by 2030?

Platte River Power’s 100% goal

Rawhide

A promise of 100% renewables now withdrawn or a model for Colorado utilities? Reactions to Platte River Power Authority’s resource plan were wildly different.

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?

Craig unit to be retired in 2028

Tri-State Generation and Transmission and its four co-owners of the second coal-burning unit at Craig have announced it will be closed Sept. 30, 2028.

Platte River’s windy addition

The new Roundhouse has begun production. With completion of a solar farm later this year, four northern Colorado communities served by Platte River Power Authority will get 50% of their electricity from non-carbon sources.

Rawhide coal plant to close by 2030

Platte River Power Authority has announced it will close its Rawhide coal unit by 2030, but many things still necessary to achieve 100% carbon-free electricity.

Covid-19’s impact on electrical utilities

Covid-19 has impacted electrical utilities by cutting demand, slowing development of renewable energy, and causing executives to fret about revenue. Some changes will be temporary, others permanent.

Getting to 100% renewable energy

To get to 100% renewables for electrical production won’t be as simple as going to the wind and solar shelf and stocking up. That can get utilities to 50% easily enough, perhaps even 70% or 80%, conceivably even 90%.

Colorado utilities take step into energy markets as they evaluate what’s to come

Loveland Pass

Like the Continental Divide that splits Colorado waters into those flowing toward the Atlantic and the Pacific oceans, the state’s electrical utilities have decided to go either east or west to take advantage of new or growing energy markets. But will this new seam in energy imbalance markets remain as utilities seek even greater benefits of a regional transmission organization?