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The greening roofs of Denver

The greening roofs of Denver

Denver voters in 2017 approved the green roof initiative. Now, the results are showing up not only on roofs, but in other parts of the city’s new buildings.

Retire Colorado’s newest coal plant?

Retire Colorado’s newest coal plant?

When Comanche 3 began producing electricity in 2010, the coal-burning unit at Pueblo, Colo., was projected to continue operations to 2070. Now, it’s an open question whether it will continue operations beyond 2030.

Driving the shift to renewables

Driving the shift to renewables

Legislative renewable energy mandates came first, but lower costs and now sweeping statewide economy decarbonization goals have pushed the pivot in electrical generation.

Covid-19’s impact on electrical utilities

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

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%.

Upheaval & Tension in Colorado

Upheaval & Tension in Colorado

In 2006, directors of Delta-Montrose Electric were asked to commit to the middle of the 21st century to a coal plant to be built in the Kansas prairie. They had a different vision. More slowly, that wholesale provider, Tri-State Generation and Transmission, created a new vision, too, forced by the upheaval in the world of energy that is just now beginning.

David takes on Goliath in Pueblo

David takes on Goliath in Pueblo

Supporters of Black Hills Energy assembled a $1.5 million campaign to defeat municipalization of the electrical utility in Pueblo, most of that money coming from unidentified sources. Can David prevail against these financial odds?

Former PUC commissioner says Black Hills Energy cannot  be trusted

Former PUC commissioner says Black Hills Energy cannot be trusted

In an interview with proponents of municipalization of electrical power in Pueblo, Frances Koncilja, a former PUC commissioner in Colorado, accused Black Hills of being a rogue utility and an energizer vampire, sweet and cuddly by day, but by night trying to figure out how to steal every last dime out of Colorado’s steel town.

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