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Gov. Polis, CDOT officials warn against travel during severe weekend snowstorm

BY: - March 11, 2021

Gov. Jared Polis said on Thursday that he has activated the Colorado National Guard ahead of a severe winter storm that is expected to drop 2 to 4 feet of snow on some areas along the northern Front Range this weekend. About 50 members of the National Guard will be on call for search and […]


Colorado’s last standing coal plant?

BY: - March 11, 2021

“Colorado’s last standing coal plant?” originally appeared in Mountain Town News. Coal to feed the roaring blast furnaces of Pueblo’s steel mill was being mined a century ago at dozens of hamlets in the foothills of Colorado’s Sangre de Cristo Range. Little remains today of those camps near Trinidad nor of the mine works at […]

Xcel aims to double renewables, retire coal plants early in state-required ‘clean energy plan’

BY: - February 25, 2021

Ahead of a key regulatory proceeding next month, Colorado’s largest utility on Wednesday announced plans to achieve an 85% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from electricity generation by 2030. Xcel Energy’s first Clean Energy Plan, a new type of filing required by Colorado’s 2019 climate-change legislation, aims to double the utility’s renewable energy and battery […]

A 15,000-foot view of Colorado’s legislative climate and energy landscape

BY: - February 18, 2021

“A 15,000-foot view of Colorado’s legislative climate and energy landscape” originally appeared in Mountain Town News. Carrots or sticks — or, more likely, what mixture? That will be among the questions as Colorado legislators sort through several dozen bills during the next few months that seek to build on the state’s ground-breaking energy and climate […]


Biden’s new climate executive orders could mean economic opportunities

BY: - January 28, 2021

President Joe Biden’s first week in office shows how he intends to fulfill his campaign vow to protect the climate, starting immediately by rejoining the Paris climate agreement. After all, public health, the economy and America’s way of life depend on maintaining a stable, livable climate. On Wednesday, Biden issued a series of executive actions […]

Reworked carbon tax, zero-waste ballot initiatives proposed by Denver climate activists

BY: - January 5, 2021

The activists behind a slew of recent environmental ballot initiatives in Denver are back again with a pair of proposals they hope to put to voters in an upcoming city election. Preliminary language for the two initiated ordinances, dubbed Polluters Must Pay and Waste No More, was filed with Denver elections officials on Tuesday by […]

Xcel Energy speeds up retirement of northwest Colorado coal plant

BY: - January 4, 2021

Colorado’s largest electric utility on Monday announced that it intends to close two of its coal-fired generating units earlier than previously planned, boosting the state’s efforts to transition to clean energy as it seeks to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions. Xcel Energy will retire Unit 1 at the Hayden Generating Station in northwest Colorado in […]

As costs rack up in Boulder’s push to split with Xcel, voters to have the final say

BY: - October 29, 2020

“As costs rack up in Boulder’s push to split with Xcel, voters to have the final say” originally appeared in Energy News Network. A decade ago, Boulder set out to create its own municipal utility in hopes of accelerating its push to cut emissions. It has been a difficult path. Xcel Energy, the investor-owned utility […]

LIVE: Gov. Polis gives briefing on COVID-19, restaurants at 12:30 p.m. Oct. 13

BY: - October 13, 2020

Gov. Jared Polis is scheduled to give a live update at 12:30 p.m. Oct. 13 on Colorado’s COVID-19 response and the restaurant industry. The news briefing will be conducted from the Governor’s Mansion in Denver. Scroll down for a livestream of the COVID-19 briefing, or watch on the governor’s Facebook page. During the briefing, Polis […]

Sales tax hike to fund climate change efforts now up to Denver voters

BY: - August 4, 2020

Denver voters will decide in November whether to approve a 0.25% sales tax hike to better fund the city’s efforts to combat climate change. In an 11-1 vote, Denver City Council members gave final approval on Aug. 3 to a bill referring the tax measure to the November ballot, potentially giving the city a new […]