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ONE GIANT LEAP – Green Denver Scrambles on Building Energy Codes

Denver touts itself as one of the nation’s greenest cities — from bike ridership to outdoor lifestyles to mass transit to number of LEED buildings per capita. As recently as 2011, it was named fifth nationwide in an overall green-city ranking .. but that which doesn’t grow, dies.

| August 22nd, 2014 | Continued

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Researchers Take Flight to Measure Air Quality Around Colorado

Wing-mounted cylinders draw air that is tested for more than 200 pollutants including aerosols, nitric acid, sulfur dioxide and hydrocarbons such as cancer-causing benzene.

| August 20th, 2014 | Continued

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Colorado #10 in Installed Wind Capacity for Q2

The American Wind Energy Association released its U.S. Wind Industry Second Quarter 2014 Market Report this month and, perhaps somewhat surprisingly, Texas heads the list. Here are the top 10 states for installed wind capacity.

| August 13th, 2014 | Continued

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Colorado State University, Namaste Solar, Fort Collins Utilities team up on Solar

The rooftops of the Colorado State University Student Recreation Center, Veterinary Teaching Hospital, Durrell Center and Braiden, Parmalee and Corbett residence halls will soon be adorned with solar panels that power the university and Fort Collins homes and businesses

| August 8th, 2014 | Continued

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Reactions to Fracking Ballot Initiatives Possibly
Being Pulled

A last minute resolution between Governor Hickenlooper and Congressman Jared Polis to remove the ballot measures on local authority to control drilling and fracking has generated immediate positive responses from both sides.

| August 4th, 2014 | Continued

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Commentary: Xcel Energy: Swiftboating for Solar

Xcel Energy, Colorado’s largest investor-owned utility, is attacking net metering once again. Rather than pay solar customers full, fair credit for the energy they put back into the grid, the company would undermine the solar market altogether. To protect its profits, the company is claiming solar is bad for the grid.

| August 4th, 2014 | Continued

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Study: Oil and Natural Gas Uses Small Proportion of Western Water

The study, conducted by Golder Associates, a global engineering and environmental consultancy, shows oil and natural gas activities use markedly less water than agricultural, municipal, recreational, and other industrial activities.

30Jul2014 | | 2 comments | Continued
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COGA Moves to Dismiss Frivolous Lawsuit

The Colorado Oil & Gas Association (COGA) announced it has filed a motion to dismiss a lawsuit brought by Clifton Willmeng and Ann Griffin against COGA, Governor John Hickenlooper, and the State of Colorado. In addition, COGA is seeking sanctions against the plaintiffs under provisions of Rule 11 of the Colorado Rules of Civil Procedure

24Jul2014 | | 0 comments | Continued
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Conservationists File for State Director Review of Extensive Oil Drilling Program

Conservation groups filed a request for State Director Review (SDR) last week regarding the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) approval of 108 new oil wells in western Colorado, southeast of Grand Junction, at the
foot of the Grand Mesa.

22Jul2014 | | 1 comment | Continued
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Colorado a Hub for Wind Power

Over the years, Colorado has been a clean energy leader thanks to creative, ambitious citizens and well-designed policies. Given that legacy of innovation, the state is now a hub for clean, affordable wind power, and stands to gain immensely from wind’s continued growth.

21Jul2014 | | 0 comments | Continued
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The U.S. Grid is the Worst in the Industrialized World (outages are up 285%!)

Power outages in the United States are up an astonishing 285% since 1984. The U.S. ranks last among the top nine Western industrialized nations in the average length of outages.

15Jul2014 | | 0 comments | Continued
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Oil Shale Development Would Strain
Western Water

In response to a legal challenge brought by Western Resource Advocates, Chevron USA confirms what oil companies have for years denied—oil shale development in the western United States would use enormous quantities of water thereby straining existing water resources.

9Jul2014 | | 0 comments | Continued
  • As EPA Hearings Begin, Colorado Makes Strides toward Reducing Carbon Emissions

    Today, I will be testifying in support of the EPA’s power plant carbon standard at a hearing in Denver. As one of four locations where the EPA will be seeking public comment on the draft rule this week, Colorado is a mighty fine choice. The Rocky Mountain State is well positioned to exceed its proposed carbon emissions reduction target and serves as an excellent example of how a state can successfully transition toward a low-carbon, clean energy economy.



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