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.
Land with good solar access but potential future uses could be used for a temporary solar farm using new technology by Powerfield. That’s the situation in a field next to the offices of Holy Cross Energy near Glenwood Springs, Colo.
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.
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?
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.
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 has a goal of 900,000 sales of electric vehicles annually by 2030. That’s 42% of all sales. To put that statistic into perspective, EVs last year were 3.65% of all sales, a tripling in just two years. How will it get there?
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?
The dispute that threatens to break apart Colorado’s second largest electrical supplier will likely be resolved in Colorado, not Washington D.C. Somehow, all sides in the case managed to proclaim success after reviewing the order from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission posted on March 20.
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.
Bill Ritter helped steer Colorado’s energy transition when governor from 2006 to 2010 and now does so at the at the Center for the New Energy Economy. Even so, he said he has been shocked at how quickly the pivot has occurred.
Colorado would have had Aspen and Vail ski resorts, a tunnel under the Continental Divide, and water diversions. But Pearl Harbor altered the timing and the players, just as Covid-19 is sure to alter Colorado’s history going forward.
Judging from Colorado climate change goals, you might conclude the state embraces climate change worries far outside the U.S. mainstream. In fact, attitudes in the Centennial State hew pretty much to the middle.
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.
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.
“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.