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Colorado Health Department Disavows Activists' Favorite Fracking Researchers

February 5, 2014 by Simon Lomax

State public health officials in Colorado have recently publicly disavowed the latest paper from a team of researchers whose work has been routinely cited by political activist groups that want to ban the practice of hydraulic fracturing.[read more]

Colorado Needs to be Honest About the Risks of Fracking

January 19, 2014 by Amy Mall

Colorado has done a better job than some other states of updating its oil and gas rules, and the state should get credit where credit is due. But the rules are still not strong enough to ensure that Colorado residents have the protections from oil and gas development that they need and deserve.[read more]

The Solar Net Metering Battle Moves to Colorado

December 29, 2013 by Herman Trabish

Colorado Net Metering

The battle over net metering between Colorado's Xcel Energy and rooftop solar advocates could make the recent impassioned debate in Arizona seem tame. Xcel Energy will have its 2014 Renewable Energy Standard Compliance Plan reviewed by the state Public Utilities Commission in February.[read more]

Voters in Colorado and Ohio Approve Anti-Fracking Measures

November 7, 2013 by NRDC Switchboard

Voters in at least three more Colorado municipalities, as well as another in Ohio, approved anti-fracking measures in Tuesday's elections, continuing a trend whereby local communities are standing up in support of their right to self-determination.[read more]

Once a Week an Oil or Gas Spill Contaminates Groundwater in Colorado [VIDEO]

October 29, 2013 by Amy Mall

Colorado and Water Pollution

There's a startling new video from the Center on Western Prioirities, which says that so far this year in Colorado there have been 328 spills reported to state authorities (and there were probably some more that weren't reported). Of those, 23 percent resulted In water contamination.[read more]

Colorado Flooding: Against the 100-Year Flood

September 16, 2013 by Roger Pielke, Jr.

Flooding in Colorado

In the aftermath of the recent flooding in Boulder, Colorado, some observers are already trying to out-do each other by making bigger and bigger claims of the so-called N-year flood. As might be expected there are some big claims, with a 1,000-year event as the record so far.[read more]

Why Colorado Business Cares About Water and Climate Change

September 7, 2013 by NRDC Switchboard

In Colorado, things have been different of late. Water, in the form of rain or snow, isn’t coming the same way it used to, and the bottom line is there has been less of it to go around and perhaps will be even less in the future if Colorado continues to grow as predicted.[read more]

Colorado: Put Clean Air and Health Before Oil and Gas Profits [INFOGRAPHIC]

August 30, 2013 by Amy Mall

Colorado Wells

Last week the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment delayed consideration of important new clean air rules that are essential to rein in dangerous ozone being generated by emissions from oil and gas polluters in Colorado.[read more]

Renewable Energy Gets a Rural Boost in Colorado

June 7, 2013 by Joseph Romm

renewable energy in Colorado

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper has signed legislation that will double the amount of energy that his state’s large rural electric coops and the utilities that provide them power must get from renewable sources to 20% by 2020.[read more]


Utility Integrated Solar Power Grew 100% in 2010

June 22, 2011 by Reginald Norris

Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) has released its latest report which showed that U.S. electric utility providers are including more and more solar power generation in their portfolios and much of this increases is happening outside of California. (Click here for the Executive Summary of the report)The Solar Electric Power...[read more]

Wind Power And CO2 Emissions

May 23, 2011 by Willem Post

 The New England Electric Grid, NEEG, managed by ISO New England, ISO-NE, has a generating capacity of about 34,020 MW, electrical energy supplied to the grid is about 130,000 GWh/yr. It includes over 350 central power plants and 8,000 miles of high-voltage transmission lines to serve about 6.5 million customers. The supply to 2010...[read more]

Colorado Promotes Clean Energy with HB 1228

February 22, 2011 by Taylen Peterson

Under a new bill to be put before the Colorado House on Feb. 23, Colorado’s Office of Economic Development (OED) would be required to institute a study of the likely benefits of distributed generation from renewable energy sources like solar. Introduced by State Senator Gail Schwartz (D-Dist. 5) and Representatives Edward Vigil (D- Dist...[read more]

Power Politics - RFK Jr. Explains How Pressure From Activists to Enforce Restrictions on Coal Benefits Natural Gas

November 30, 2010 by Rod Adams

The above clip came from a lunchtime talk that Robert F. Kennedy Jr. gave to the Colorado Oil and Gas Association on July 8, 2010, during the Energy Epicenter conference. Aside: People who are not from Colorado might need some background to explain the reference to working with Governor Ritter on "1365". There is another good article...[read more]

The continuing debate over wind power and net emissions

October 3, 2010 by Michael Giberson

We’ve discussed the complicated relationship between wind power and the net reductions in greenhouse gas and other emissions here previously. Industry viewpoints come to expected conclusions – it is no surprise that the Colorado oil and gas industry promotes the view that wind is less special that claimed, nor that the American Wind...[read more]

Coal: Does Not Play Well with Renewables

April 21, 2010 by Arno Harris

A report from Bentek recently caught my eye because it provides yet another reason we should be getting away from coal-fired power as fast as possible. It turns out that adding more wind to Colorado's energy supply has actually increased the level of local air pollutants because coal plants don't play well with renewables. The...[read more]