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The Governor’s Energy Office is kicking off a campaign making $18 million in rebates available for Coloradans to buy energy-saving appliances and make their homes more energy efficient. Energy Office Director Tom Plant will discuss the “Recharge Colorado” program Tuesday at the Sears store in Denver’s Cherry Creek neighborhood. The state will officially launch the… Continue Reading Colo. to dole out $18M for energy-saving measures

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Springs utility bills lowest in the state

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Colorado Springs homeowners have the lowest utility bill rates in the state. The third quarter 2009 ACCRA Cost of Living Index shows that typical combined electric and natural gas bills in Colorado Springs average $125.20 a month compared to $155.84 for all other Colorado cities. Energy bills average $179.38 nationwide. Here’s how the index ranked… Continue Reading Springs utility bills lowest in the state

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Whole Foods Market said today it has bought about 776 million kilowatt hours of renewable energy credits – something they say is the largest purchase of renewable energy credits by a U.S. retailer. The credits were purchased through Boulder-based Renewable Choice Energy Inc. Representatives said the purchase equates to 100 percent of Whole Foods’ electricity use… Continue Reading Whole Foods claims largest U.S. energy offset purchase

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LEED adds performance requirements

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The U.S. Green Building Council will now require performance data before buildings can receive Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification. “Today, there is all too often a disconnect, or performance gap, between the energy modeling done during the design phase and what actually happens during daily operation,” said Scot Horst, senior vice president of the… Continue Reading LEED adds performance requirements

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The Associated Press General Motors Corp. says it expects to bring its first lithium-ion battery powered hybrid engine system to market in North America in 2010. The world’s largest automaker by sales was to announce the hybrid system today at the Geneva International Motor Show, saying the new battery will deliver three times the power… Continue Reading New hybrid GM to unveil battery powered hybrid

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More than 116,000 U.S. jobs and nearly $19 billion in investment could be lost in a single year if renewable energy tax credits are not extended by Congress. Navigant Consulting found that more than 76,000 jobs are at risk in the wind industry, in addition to about 40,000 in the solar industry. Colorado is one… Continue Reading Loss of renewable energy tax credit would cost jobs, billions in investment

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More grants from Governor’s Energy Office

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The Governor’s Energy Office has selected 12 matching grant award recipients for the 2008 Colorado Energy Star New Homes program. Colorado Springs Utilities, representing the City of Colorado Springs, was one of the winners. The program encourages city and county officials to work with residential builders to help them earn the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s… Continue Reading More grants from Governor’s Energy Office

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Just as the cost of construction materials is beginning to rise again after leveling off through the third and fourth quarter, industry managers can expect a continued rise in diesel fuel prices, too. The Energy Information Administration’s report earlier this week that said the national average retail price of on-highway diesel was $3.33 per gallon,… Continue Reading Diesel fuel prices join building materials with price increase

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China has boosted its steel output during the last three years through energy subsidies, said the Alliance for American Manufacturing. Total Chinese energy subsidies for steel reached $27.1 billion during the last seven years. Despite the country’s entry into the World Trade Organization – which deems subsidies on steel illegal – the subsides continued to… Continue Reading China using energy subsidies to boost steel production

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If it seems to you that more and more people are moving to Colorado every year, you’re right. The U.S. Census Bureau reported yesterday that that state’s population grew by 2 percent, or 95,267 people, between July 1, 2006, and July 1, 2007. That puts the state’s population at 4.8 million and ranks it as… Continue Reading Colorado population up 2 percent

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