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Case Study: Boulder Colorado Takes Action On Climate Change

November 8, 2011 by Tom Plant

On November 1, Boulder Colorado became the first community in the country to authorize separation from their incumbent utility based on that utility's reliance on coal generation. Through this vote, Boulder has chosen to stop talking about climate change and move those intentions into action by tying utility performance to reductions in greenhouse gases.[read more]

Infrastructure Upgrades, Time-of-Use Pricing Offer Best Ramp-Up Opportunity For Smart Grid

September 16, 2011 by Jim Pierobon

Those three hurdles are on the agenda of just about every utility, vendor and consultant vying to enable the Smart Grid’s potential in the U.S. and to capitalize on its ability to help consumers save energy and understand how much they waste it. But regulators are the gatekeepers and will have the final say. Therein lies the conundrum...[read more]

Another coal plant bites the dust - Game-changing through natural gas, wind, and solar in Colorado

March 22, 2010 by Joseph Romm

Colorado is moving away from coal toward low-carbon energy. Tom Kenworthy, CAP Senior based in Colorado, has the story. We’ve written at length about how natural gas can be a low-cost game changer in the battle against climate change. Domestic supplies of the fuel that can power electric plants with half the CO2 emissions of coal are 39...[read more]

EU plans 30 cities to lead world on "smart" energy

September 19, 2009 by Big Gav

New Scientist has an article on the EU's draft "strategic energy plan" and its vision of renewable energy and smart grid enabled cities - EU plans 30 cities to lead world on "smart" energy. Europe will select 30 cities to pioneer "smart" electricity grids and space-proven insulation as it seeks to lead the global race for green...[read more]

Xcel Wind Energy Battery Results

April 15, 2009 by Vicky Portwain

Alternative proposals to maximise the potential of wind energy have recently been prominent in the news. The people of El Hierro propose to use excess power from wind energy to run a hydro project which will in turn generate electricity when there is no wind energy available. Xcel Energy is the biggest purchaser of wind generated...[read more]

Xcel Energy Diversifying its Renewables Portfolio

January 16, 2008 by Tim Hurst

Next to gold, one of the safest investments in a sluggish economy is a good utility. Oxymoron? Maybe. But Xcel Energy is doing their part to clean up the image of electric utilities by becoming the biggest producer of wind power in the United States.Recently named to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for North America for the second...[read more]

Solar Power: Front and Center During World Series

October 18, 2007 by Tim Hurst

When the Colorado Rockies host their first-ever World Series homestand next week against their still to be determined AL foes, there will be flashing coming from more sources than the leather gloves of their pesky infielders. The team will also have a chance to flash the lights of their new solar-powered LED scoreboard. The project at...[read more]

Wind and Hydro Power in Colorado: The Irony of the 'Event' as Politics (part I)

October 5, 2007 by Tim Hurst

On any other day, Xcel Energy would have been basking in the sun. On any other day Xcel officials would have been standing proudly alongside Colorado Governor Bill Ritter and executives from energy conglomerate BP and global financiers Babcock & Brown to announce the grand opening of the new Cedar Creek wind farm in rural Weld County...[read more]