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Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper says that like most governors, he prefers state regulation of oil and gas drilling to federal regulation. “Most governors are going to argue that it should be a state responsibility,” Hickenlooper said Wednesday at a news conference during the energy consulting firm IHS CERA’s annual executive conference in Houston. “We can… Continue Reading Colo. gov. prefers state regulation of drilling

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Coal production increased 10.4 percent in 2011

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After seven years of decline, coal production in Colorado increased 10.4 percent in 2011 to nearly 28 million tons as companies tapped into new markets abroad. The state Division of Reclamation Mining and Safety says employment at Colorado’s 10 mines also rose 12 percent to 2,363 in the first nine months of 2011. And, there… Continue Reading Coal production increased 10.4 percent in 2011

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Springs’ solar market looks bright in 2012

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Colorado Springs’ solar industry took a few big steps forward in 2011 and appears poised for even more advances in 2012. Solar gardens, tax rebates and policy changes are all anticipated to expedite the industry in the coming year. SunShare, a start-up founded by 24-year-old Colorado College graduate David Amster-Olszewski, was the first in the… Continue Reading Springs’ solar market looks bright in 2012

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Feds approve loan guarantee for Colo. solar plant

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The U.S. Energy Department says it has finalized a $90.6 million loan guarantee for the construction of a solar generation project in southern Colorado. Charlotte-based Cogentrix plans to build the 30-megawatt facility near Alamosa. The Department of Energy said Friday that it would be one of the first utility-scale, high concentration photovoltaic generation facilities in… Continue Reading Feds approve loan guarantee for Colo. solar plant

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Two years after the economic stimulus plan, a new government audit finds that about one-third of the money authorized for an energy efficiency program has not been spent. The Energy Department’s inspector general says that state and local governments have left as much $879 million unspent from a $2.7 billion program intended to boost energy… Continue Reading Gov’t audit: Stimulus funds for energy go unspent

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City, county receive annual severance tax payment

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El Paso County and Colorado Springs will receive part of a $54.6 million annual severance tax and federal mineral lease direct distribution payment made by companies that extract minerals and energy from the state. El Paso County will receive $16,179.29 and $17,609. 47 from the state’s Department of Local Affairs. Last year’s distribution to Colorado… Continue Reading City, county receive annual severance tax payment

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Xcel Energy Inc.’s new contract with Boulder would give the city 90 percent of its power through renewable energy by 2020, instead of the current 10 to 15 percent, the Daily Camera reports. Xcel is negotiating with Boulder to renew its franchise agreement, which is worth about $100 million a year. The utility said it’s… Continue Reading 90% of Boulder’s energy to be renewable by 2020

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Solar industry opposes cutting incentives

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Members of Colorado’s solar industry say plans by Xcel Energy to cut incentives for solar arrays will devastate the industry. Utility customers who install small solar arrays on their property receive two types of incentives – a rebate and renewable energy credit – for a combined $2.35 per watt. Xcel Energy said Wednesday the combined… Continue Reading Solar industry opposes cutting incentives

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Colo. group seeks to halt auction of energy lease

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A citizens group is asking the Colorado State Land Board to halt an auction of land in the South Park area for oil and gas development, including two parcels next to a reservoir that supplies some of Denver’s drinking water. The State Land Board, which manages more than 4 million acres of mineral rights that… Continue Reading Colo. group seeks to halt auction of energy lease

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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 and mineral production. He says that includes the offshore drilling moratorium… Continue Reading Rep. Lamborn to head energy subcommittee

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