The three projects in Adams, Denver and Jefferson counties, will roll out under the utility’s Solar Rewards Community program, and will make SunShare a state and nationwide leader in community solar gardens development.30Nov2013 | admin | 0 comments | Continued
The Western Governors’ Association recently sent legislators a letter urging a modification of the Section 48 renewable energy investment tax credit from a “placed in service” standard of eligibility to a “commence construction” standard.5Nov2013 | admin | 0 comments | Continued
U.S. Senators Tom Udall, D-N.M., and Mark Udall, D-Colo., have introduced a bill to establish a national renewable electricity standard (RES), which the officials say would create almost 300,000 jobs, reduce pollution and save consumers almost $100 billion on their utility bills by 2030.1Nov2013 | admin | 0 comments | Continued
The certification is bestowed upon communities who are leaders in adopting best practices in permitting, inspection, planning and public education to help residents go solar.23Oct2013 | admin | 1 comment | Continued
A study by Fish and Wildlife Service biologists indicated that California and Wyoming were the two states with the greatest number of verifiable eagle deaths at wind turbines. That study also revealed eagle mortality in both states has risen sharply in the last few years, with all 31 Wyoming mortalities taking place since January 2009.16Sep2013 | admin | 0 comments | Continued
The NREL/MIT study shows that a majority of the region’s current competitive advantage comes from production scale and resulting supply chain benefits. It also suggests that the current advantages of China-based manufacturers could be reproduced in the United States.12Sep2013 | admin | 0 comments | Continued
The findings were submitted to the Colorado Public Utilities Commission in opposition to a study from Xcel Energy that could be used to weaken one of the state’s most important solar policies — net metering.10Sep2013 | admin | 0 comments | Continued
Xcel Energy, which runs the state’s largest rooftop solar program, has suggested deep cuts in the incentives it offers for solar in a filing to the utilities commission.The problem, said David Eves, chief executive officer of Xcel’s Colorado subsidiary, is that the benefits of rooftop solar do not cover
the program’s costs.
Two solar zone auctions in October will be the first of many Bureau of Land Management competitive auctions for designated public lands stemming from 2012 federal legislation. Some local groups are opposed to the widespread renewable energy development in the region.29Aug2013 | admin | 0 comments | Continued
A new Energy Department study conducted by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) indicates that by 2025 wind and solar power electricity generation could become cost-competitive without federal subsidies, if new renewables development occurs in the most productive locations.26Aug2013 | admin | 0 comments | Continued
The agreement allows YVEA, a customer-owned rural electric cooperative serving more than 26,000 members in northwestern Colorado, to buy 500 kW of renewable energy from CEC’s newest array to be built in Craig.16Aug2013 | admin | 2 comments | Continued
It will take time to rebuild the project pipeline, ensuring a slow year for new capacity additions in 2013. Continued low natural gas prices, modest electricity demand growth, and limited near-term demand from state RPS requirements have also
put a damper on industry growth expectations.
Critics Say Outdated Oil and Gas Royalty Rate Costing Colorado Millions
Every year, the Obama administration pushes to raise the royalty rate on onshore oil-and-gas production, looking to channel more of the profits from extraction on public lands to federal and state coffers. The efforts have been unsuccessful. Today’s 12.5 percent rate hasn’t changed since the 1920s. Analysts say that low rate has cost Colorado taxpayers an estimated $300 million since Obama took office in 2008.READ THE FULL POST »