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1 year 2 months ago

More wind energy blowing to Colorado

DENVER (AP) - Colorado is among the nation's top states in the development of wind energy. That's according to a report released Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Energy. The 2012 Wind Technologies Market Report found that Colorado last year installed 496 megawatts of new wind power capacity. The state...

2 years 2 months ago

New law deals with building on tribal lands

President Barack Obama has signed a bill designed to expedite home building and energy development on tribal lands. The law enables tribes to approve trust land leases directly, rather than waiting for approval from the Bureau of Indian Affairs. The Navajo Nation already has that authority. The so-called HEARTH Act...

2 years 2 months ago

US intelligence sees poverty plummet by 2030

ASPEN, Colo. (AP) - Poverty across the planet will drop sharply by 2030, with a rising middle class of some two billion people pushing for more rights and resources. The chief at the U.S. government's top intelligence analysis shop says if current economic and demographic trends continue, 1 billion people...

3 years 1 week ago

Perry: Domestic energy production linked to jobs

0WEST MIFFLIN, Pa. (AP) - Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry says his plan to expand domestic energy production could bring the United States more than a million new jobs. Perry, the Texas governor, released an energy proposal Friday that would open up federal lands, including Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge,...

3 years 1 week ago

$2.2 billion energy company acquisition

(AP) - China's Sinopec International Petroleum Exploration and Production Corp. has agreed to buy Canadian oil and gas company Daylight Energy Ltd. for about $2.2 billion Canadian ($2.1 billion U.S.). Daylight Energy said Sunday that purchase price amounts to a 43.6 percent premium over the average price of the...

3 years 2 months ago

Black Hills Energy rates talks in Pueblo

DENVER (AP) - Colorado regulators are heading to Pueblo to hear public comments on a proposal by Black Hills Energy to raise annual electric revenues by $40.2 million, or nearly 19 percent. That translates to an increase of about $18.96 per month for typical residential customers, or $67.20 per...

3 years 3 months ago

High temps drive up electrical use

It's shaping up to be the hottest week of the year and utility managers say we are are also using the most energy that we have in 2011. With temperatures in the high 90's and 100's a spokesman for Colorado Springs Utilities says their customers will use over 800 megawatts...

3 years 3 months ago

Hickenlooper applauds energy efficiency

DENVER (AP) - Gov. John Hickenlooper praised several Colorado industrial companies for trying to become more energy efficient. Hickenlooper said Wednesday that companies that cut down on energy costs are putting more money into their budgets so they can expand. The governor's office says the industrial sector uses about 30...

3 years 3 months ago

Drilling permit process streamlined

DENVER (AP) - Rep. Mike Coffman has introduced legislation to streamline the process for getting oil and gas drilling permits on leases of federal land. The trade groups Western Energy Alliance and Colorado Oil and Gas Association support the Colorado Republican's bill. The Bureau of Land Management has...

3 years 5 months ago

$90 million loan goes to Alamosa solar company

The Department of Energy has committed to loan $90 million to Congentrix of Alamosa to build a 30 megawatt photovoltaic power generating station in the San Luis Valley. U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu made the announcement today. The project will provide 75 construction jobs and 10 jobs after construction...

3 years 6 months ago

LED street lights save money

City of Colorado Springs furthers their green effort by installing LED street lights across the city. Three hundred of these lights are already installed in certain major intersections and 130 are yet to be installed in residential areas. Guess who gets to decide where the residential lights will...

3 years 6 months ago

Suit filed over Colorado clean energy standard

DENVER (AP) - Two groups and a Morrison businessman are challenging Colorado's renewable energy standard. They said Monday that they've filed a lawsuit in federal court asking a judge to declare the law unconstitutional. They argue the Colorado law mandating that larger utilities get 30 percent of their energy...

3 years 7 months ago

Fierce wind too much for Pueblo turbine

You'd think all this wind would be great to produce energy, but even wind power generators can only tolerate so much.In Pueblo, the iconic wind turbine in front of the Vestas factory has been temporarily shut down because of the ferocious wind. Vestas says its towers usually need wind...

3 years 7 months ago

Nuclear plant hearing location changed

The land use hearing related to a proposed energy park in southeast Pueblo County has been extended to two days, in anticipation of many hours of testimony. The Pueblo County Commissioners will hear testimony for and against construction of a nuclear power plant, as well as other kinds of...

3 years 8 months ago

Utilities using propane to help gas stock

A little known plant in eastern El Paso County is helping keep your home warm as temperatures plummet below zero. On a normal day, Colorado Springs Utilities says their customers use about 100 million cubic feet of natural gas. But on a day like Tuesday, that number skyrockets. "Today is...

3 years 8 months ago

Energy exploration planned in Kiowa County

Riverton, Wyo. (AP)-U.S. Energy Corp. has entered an agreement with an undisclosed private party to explore and develop an oil and gas prospect in southeast Colorado. The Riverton, Wyo.-based company said Monday it wouldn't divulge its partner, financial terms of the deal, or the exact location for competitive reasons,...

3 years 8 months ago

Home heating assistance still available

The Low-Income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP) continues to accept applications for home heating assistance. Residents in need can apply by visiting the LEAP website or calling 1-866-432-8435. LEAP benefits provide assistance to help families with their heating bills but are not intended to pay the entire bill. LEAP...

3 years 9 months ago

Rep. Lamborn to head energy subcommittee

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn will head the House Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources in the new congressional session. The Republican from Colorado Springs was named chairman of the subcommittee Wednesday. Lamborn says the panel will review Interior Department policies he believes impede energy...

4 years 1 day ago

Sacramento buys 55 wind turbines from Vestas

DENVER (AP) - Vestas American Wind Technology Inc. says the Sacramento Municipal Utility District has ordered 55 wind turbines from it for a project near Rio Vista, Calif. Vestas said Thursday that the utility's 128-megawatt order includes a service and maintenance agreement that will last up to 15 years....

4 years 1 day ago

Tips to weatherize your house for winter

With cooler temperatures on the way, you might want to weatherize your house for winter this weekend. Black Hills Energy says you should drain and cover swap coolers, cover your water heater with a thermal jacket and put weather stripping on windows and doors. "These are all things that's an...

4 years 1 week ago

Google to invest in offshore wind power project

A consortium of technology and investment companies including Google has devoted $1.8 billion to building a network of transmission lines to connect future offshore wind farms along the Atlantic from New Jersey to Virginia. Google has teamed up with investment firm Good Energies, Japanese industrial conglomerate Marubeni and Maryland...

4 years 3 weeks ago

Black Hills moving on power plant construction

Construction in underway on two new natural gas power plants near the Pueblo Memorial Airport. Black Hills Energy is spending more than $400 million to build the complex, which is located off of Pete Jimenez Parkway. On Tuesday, Pueblo County Commissioners approved an incentive agreement with the energy company. Black...

4 years 1 month ago

Hearing on Xcel energy plan

State regulators are gathering comment on Xcel Energy's plan to use less coal to produce electricity. The Colorado Public Utilities Commission will hold a hearing on the plan Monday in Grand Junction starting at 6 p.m. Xcel has proposed spending $1.3 billion to convert coal-fired power plants to...

4 years 1 month ago

Xcel, subcontractor, blamed for worker deaths

Federal investigators say Xcel Energy and its contractor failed to adequately plan for hazardous work before a hydroelectric plant fire that killed five workers in Colorado. The U.S. Chemical Safety Board released its final report on the October 2007 fire on Wednesday. The work included taking flammable solvents...

4 years 2 months ago

PooPower: From the toilet to the tank

Flint, Michigan has taken another step in becoming a zero-waste city. The city unveiled its first biogas vehicle at Kettering University on Thursday. It's intended to educate, enlighten, and employ. Green technology now powers the Chevrolet Silverado 2500 heavy duty pickup truck. More specifically and scientifically, without...

4 years 2 months ago

Colorado solar company powering National Guard

A solar power array is now generating electricity at the Colorado Army National Guard's readiness center in Grand Junction. The guard says it provides enough power to offset 450,000 pounds of carbon emissions. The 172-kilowatt system was installed by Bella Energy. Bella is based in Louisville, Colorado.

4 years 2 months ago

Gov. Ritter to outline Colorado energy policies

Gov. Bill Ritter will lay out Colorado's plan to develop clean energy sources at an international forum on Wednesday. The discussion is part of the 2010 Biennial of the Americas celebration taking place throughout July in Denver. Others attending the meeting include Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood; Federico Pena,...

4 years 3 months ago

Solar plane completes historic 24-hour flight

An experimental solar-powered plane landed safely Thursday after completing its first 24-hour test flight, proving that the aircraft can collect enough energy from the sun during the day to stay aloft all night. Pilot Andre Borschberg eased the Solar Impulse onto the runway at Payerne airfield about 30 miles...

4 years 3 months ago

Pueblo employer Vestas continues expansion

Vestas Wind Systems plans to open a research and development office in Louisville that will employ up to 240 people over the next several years. Vestas already has operations in three Colorado communities, including Pueblo. The Danish company announced its new plans Tuesday during the Louisville City Council meeting....

4 years 4 months ago

Xcel installing temporary Denver substation

Xcel Energy is still asking customers in east Denver to reduce electricity use as it installs a temporary substation to replace one that blew up. Company spokesman Mark Stutz says customers have been conserving energy, avoiding the need for controlled outages. But he says Thursday could be rough because...

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