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Colorado Springs has failed to keep up with renewable-energy investment seen in Denver, Boulder and elsewhere in the state, in part because the city-owned utility has limited rebates for solar-panel projects. Low energy costs and a statewide mandate that requires a smaller commitment to renewable energy from municipal providers such as Colorado Springs Utilities also… Continue Reading Rebates for renewables lagging in the Springs

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Colo regulators to examine Xcel coal plan

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Colorado state regulators this week will consider approving Xcel Energy’s $1.3 billion plan to stop burning coal at its electric power plants in Denver and Boulder. Xcel Energy plans to shut down a coal fired generator at Boulder’s Valmont power plant by 2017 and replace four coal-fired generators with natural gas at Denver’s Cherokee power… Continue Reading Colo regulators to examine Xcel coal plan

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The Pikes Peak Workforce Center is sponsoring a new program that provides up to $15,000 for local companies to train employees in issues related to energy efficiency. The program is offered through a partnership between the PPWFC and the State Energy Sector Partnership. The organizations hope to encourage local companies across a wide range of… Continue Reading Workforce Center offering grants of $15,000 for green training

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Solar-powered road signs saving Springs money

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Solar powered speed zone signs in school zones have saved Colorado Springs $1 million, city traffic engineers say. The signs require less maintenance and are cheaper and quicker to install than traditional systems. The Colorado Department of Transportation also uses the solar powered signs in construction zones on major roadways. Read more here.

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Governments need to do more to increase energy efficiency and boost green technologies to avoid a spike in oil prices as China drives a 36 percent spike in world energy demand through 2035, a global watchdog warned Tuesday. The International Energy Agency said that oil supplies will be pushed near their peak over the coming… Continue Reading More needs to be done to avoid oil spike, IEA says

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State pays out $11 million in energy rebates

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El Paso County had the second highest pay-outs for state rebates for energy-efficient appliances and home improvements. The program, “Recharge Colorado,” began April 19. County residents received $117,000 in rebates, after Colorado Springs Utilities combines its own rebates with the state money. Statewide, more than 26,000 homeowners and businesses received the rebates, for a total… Continue Reading State pays out $11 million in energy rebates

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China has overtaken the United States as the world’s largest energy consumer, the International Energy Agency said today. China, however, immediately questioned the report, claiming its calculations were “unreliable.” The Paris-based agency said China’s 2009 consumption of energy sources ranging from oil and coal to wind and solar power was equal to 2.265 billion tons… Continue Reading China surpasses US as world’s top energy consumer

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A measure pushing Colorado’s largest utility toward using more natural gas to cut emissions is now law. Gov. Bill Ritter signed the bill, H.B. 1365,  today in a ceremony on the Capitol’s West Steps. He was surrounded by representatives of the unlikely alliance that helped pass the bill – the natural gas industry and environmental… Continue Reading Colo. pushes natural gas to cut plant emissions

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Ritter to sign power plant bill

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Colorado is about to require its largest utility to cut emissions at some of its coal-fired power plants to help head off new federal emissions rules. Gov. Bill Ritter plans to sign a bill Monday targeted at Xcel Energy’s power plants along the northern Front Range. Xcel would have to come up with a plan… Continue Reading Ritter to sign power plant bill

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Boulder mulls energy efficiency regulations

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Boulder is considering passing regulations that would require landlords to make energy efficiency improvements to their properties such as installing solar heating and switching out incandescent light bulbs for compact fluorescent lighting. The city’s so-called SmartRegs would affect an estimated 19,600 rental properties in the city that seeks to decrease its carbon dioxide emissions by… Continue Reading Boulder mulls energy efficiency regulations

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