Environment

Affordable, reliable and sustainable: report compares utility performance

BY: - January 21, 2023

A nationwide comparison of electric utility performance by an Illinois consumer advocacy group found that customers in states that are heavily reliant on fuel oil and natural gas, as in the Northeast and South, tend to pay more than those with larger amounts of carbon-free generation, among other findings.  The report by the Illinois-based Citizens […]

Colorado oil and gas panel to study ‘cumulative impacts’ after environmentalist petition

BY: - January 20, 2023

Responding to a petition from environmental groups, the agency overseeing oil and gas drilling in Colorado said on Friday that it will hold a series of meetings to receive input on the cumulative risks posed by the tens of thousands of active wells operated by drillers around the state. Beginning Jan. 27, the Colorado Oil […]

More federal dollars coming from climate law for Western wildfire management

BY: - January 19, 2023

The U.S. Department of Agriculture will spend nearly $500 million on projects to reduce wildfire risk in 11 areas in Western states, the department said Thursday. The new funding, $490 million, comes from Democrats’ budget, climate and taxes law that passed last year, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said on a call with reporters. The funding […]

New climate bill targets net-zero emissions in Colorado by 2050

BY: - January 12, 2023

A wide-ranging package of new proposals to tackle climate change from Democratic state lawmakers would step up existing statutory goals to target full decarbonization of Colorado’s economy by 2050. Senate Bill 23-16, introduced this week by Sen. Chris Hansen of Denver and Reps. Karen McCormick of Boulder and Emily Sirota of Denver, all Democrats, includes […]

New report downplays economic impact of Colorado’s oil and gas industry

BY: - January 9, 2023

Monthly oil production in Colorado rebounded to over 80% of pre-pandemic levels in 2022, putting it on track to produce more oil than all but four other states. But with employment and wages in the industry still down from 2019 highs, a new report seeks to challenge what has long been an article of faith […]

As another winter storm strains the electric grid, it’s time to fix transmission, experts say

BY: - January 2, 2023

The deadly winter storm, christened Elliott by the Weather Channel, that tore through much of the United States over the Christmas weekend placed a huge strain on the American electric grid, pushing it past the breaking point in some places. Frigid temperatures, in some places setting records, drove a surge in electric demand while also […]

How Colorado plans to reintroduce wolves on Western Slope by 2023 deadline

BY: - January 2, 2023

Colorado could be less than a year away from the state’s first relocation of gray wolves to parts of the Western Slope, as required by a ballot initiative passed by voters in 2020. A draft plan released by Colorado Parks and Wildlife last month calls for the reintroduction of 10 to 15 wolves per year […]

COMMENTARY
Marshall Fire aftermath

Homes that survived the Marshall Fire hid another disaster inside

BY: , and - December 30, 2022

This commentary originally appeared on The Conversation. On Dec. 30, 2021, one of the most destructive wildfires on record in Colorado swept through neighborhoods just a few miles from our offices at the University of Colorado Boulder. The flames destroyed over 1,000 buildings, yet when we drove through the affected neighborhoods, some houses were still […]

COMMENTARY

Renewables move forward in Colorado, but in Wyoming? Not so fast

BY: - December 29, 2022

Colorado’s largest electrical utility this week announced it will begin construction of 300 miles of major new transmission next year to harvest wind from the state’s eastern plains. In Wyoming, though, a wind farm proposed 15 years ago still needs crucial permits. The difference? Land ownership, at least in part. The 345-kV transmission line that […]

Environmental enforcement has fallen off under Biden, report says

BY: - December 23, 2022

Federal environmental enforcement, as measured by Environmental Protection Agency civil cases closed against polluters, hit a two-decade low in 2022, per a report released last week by a national environmental group that blames budget cuts, staff shortages and the U.S. Senate’s failure to confirm key leaders. The Environmental Integrity Project said the 72 civil enforcement […]

Water managers across drought-stricken West agree on one thing: ‘This is going to be painful’

BY: - December 20, 2022

This story originally appeared in the Nevada Current. Water authorities in the Western U.S. don’t have a crystal ball, but rapidly receding reservoirs uncovering sunken boats and other debris lost in their depths decades ago give a clear view of the hard choices ahead. If Western states do not agree on a plan to safeguard […]

Arctic cold front to bring dangerously low temperatures to Denver

BY: - December 20, 2022

With an arctic cold front set to arrive in Denver Wednesday night, the city will open a 24-hour warming center at the Denver Coliseum to support anyone in need of a warm place to stay.  All of Denver’s open recreation centers and libraries will also be available during regular business hours as warming centers. The […]