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How Utilities maneuvers the numbers to beat renewable standards

How Utilities maneuvers the numbers to beat renewable standards

What’s renewable energy — and what isn’t? Those two questions became critically important to senior officials of Colorado Springs Utilities when a voter-approved initiative in 2004 required that electric utilities derive a certain percentage of their retail electricity sales from renewable sources. Currently, municipally owned electric utilities in Colorado serving more than 40,000 customers must… Continue Reading How Utilities maneuvers the numbers to beat renewable standards

City opens electric vehicle charging station

In an effort to promote alternative energy solutions, the city of Colorado Springs opened a downtown electric vehicle charging station at 130 S. Nevada this week. The new station serves parking spots located by the lower level, east entrance of the City Administration Building parking garage, which is open 24-hours a day, seven days a… Continue Reading City opens electric vehicle charging station

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Revised priority: Springs might not be a clean-tech hub, but industry won’t be ignored

While clean technology was the fastest-growing industry in Colorado over the past five years, it’s not likely to be the linchpin of economic growth in Colorado Springs. And economic leaders say that might be OK. The Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance has declared clean tech, which includes renewable energy manufacturing, installation and maintenance, a focus… Continue Reading Revised priority: Springs might not be a clean-tech hub, but industry won’t be ignored

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In the midst of a study about the future of coal-fired Drake Power Plant, Mayor Steve Bach’s goal of adding 6,000 jobs a year and ongoing chatter about how Colorado Springs Utilities is governed, no one is talking much about renewable energy. At least, no one seems to be talking much about it. Colorado ranks… Continue Reading Renewable energy could be part of Drake debate

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  Colorado Sen. Mark Udall says President Barack Obama supports extending a tax break for wind energy that supporters say is vital to the state’s wind-turbine industry.   Udall, a Democrat, said Thursday that Obama’s support is welcome.   State officials say about 5,000 people work in the wind energy industry in Colorado, the fifth-highest… Continue Reading Udall: Obama supports wind energy tax break

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Tour of sustainable buildings this weekend

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Sustainable living and renewable energy options have become trendy in today’s society. And in Colorado Springs, people interested in lowering their energy bills can tour 15 net-zero homes, houses and businesses, as well as view the 6-megawatt solar array at the Air Force Academy at Saturday’s Pike’s Peak Tour of Sustainable Buildings. The tour is essentially… Continue Reading Tour of sustainable buildings this weekend

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Springs’ renewable energy emerging from shadows

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While Colorado has a reputation for having one of the fastest-growing green economies in the nation, Colorado Springs has limped behind in the shadows through most of these formative years. But that may be changing. That’s what David Amster-Olszewski hopes. He’s behind an effort to persuade the Colorado Springs City Council to approve a program… Continue Reading Springs’ renewable energy emerging from shadows

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Four environmental groups say a judge should dismiss a lawsuit challenging Colorado’s renewable energy standard. Environment Colorado, the Colorado Environmental Coalition, the Sierra Club and The Wilderness Society argue in court documents that the plaintiffs don’t have standing to sue. A judge hasn’t ruled yet on their motion to dismiss the lawsuit. Businessman Rod Lueck,… Continue Reading Groups seek to dismiss lawsuit on renewable energy

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Colorado Sen. Mark Udall has joined two other U.S. Senators to expand the availability of renewable energy leasing programs. Udall, Sheldon Whitehouse, a Democrat from Rhode Island, and Lamar Alexander, a Tennessee Republican,  introduced the REAL Act to offer wider leasing options for residential solar and renewable energy products. “Making renewable energy more affordable for… Continue Reading Udall hopes to expand renewable leasing programs

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U.S. Sens. Tom Udall of New Mexico and Mark Udall of Colorado are pushing legislation that would establish a national renewable energy standard for electric utilities. The bill introduced by the first cousins would require utilities to generate 25 percent of their electricity from wind, solar and other renewable energy sources by 2025. The standard… Continue Reading Sen. Udall and cousin push for renewable energy standard

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