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Coronavirus exposes need for bigger chunks of open lands amid urban fabric

Coronavirus exposes need for bigger chunks of open lands amid urban fabric

During a time of stay-at-home orders, many people in metropolitan Denver and other parts of the rapidly urbanizing northern Front Range have few options for getting outdoors in a satisfying way. More local or at least regional chunks of open space are needed as Colorado adds nearly 3 million people during the next 30 years.

How this Colorado ski town will achieve 100% emissions-free electricity

How this Colorado ski town will achieve 100% emissions-free electricity

The ski town of Breckenridge and Peetz, a farming town along the Nebraska border, have relatively little in common other than they’re both in Colorado. But they’ll soon be tied at the electrical hip. A community solar garden near Peetz will be one among several that will allow Breckenridge to proclaim 100% emissions-free electricity.

Prowling the bowels of Hoover Dam

Prowling the bowels of Hoover Dam

Hoover Dam’s hydroelectric generation was very important when the dam was completed in 1936, helping Los Angeles became a great city. Can Hoover Dam and Lake Mead become a giant battery tries to become 100% renewable powered?

One or two EV users a month just fine

One or two EV users a month just fine

Almost an hour from an interstate highway, Meeker, Colo., has a high-speed charger that has ben getting used only once a month. And that was before the pandemic. Still, that’s OK with White River Electric, which sees electric vehicles being the wave of the future.

Quiet is the sweet spot amid this tragedy

Quiet is the sweet spot amid this tragedy

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?

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

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

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?

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

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.

Facts be damned and the Colorado River

Facts be damned and the Colorado River

In “Science Be Dammed,” Eric Kuhn and John Fleck explain how the foundations for water allocations of the last century were premised on flawed assumptions, and that these assumptions were made disregard of the best science then available. Draw your own conclusions about the lessons applicable to the present.

What constitutes radical given the scale of climate change risk?

What constitutes radical given the scale of climate change risk?

Action has accelerated at the grassroots in Colorado ski towns as local leaders heed the warnings of climate scientists that the carbon budget has nearly been exhausted. At Battle Mountain High School near Vail, Dr. Robert Davies warned that to fail to take appropriation action in the face of evidence of need for a dramatic response should be considered radical.

Curtain descends on Tri-State plants

“Watch our feet,” Tri-State CEO Duane Highley said last October. Today, he announced the closing of two coal units in Colorado and one in New Mexico, which will allow the wholesale supplier to comply with Colorado greenhouse reduction goals. But can Highley keep his biggest members from leaving? That’s the biggest of several questions going forward.

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