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Drake damage apparently not as bad as feared

Here’s a recent email to longtime environmental activist Lee Milner from George Luke, Colorado Springs Utilities’ interim chief energy services officer: “This is in response to your recent question in regard to the ability to use insurance proceeds from the Drake 5 fire to fund DSM or renewables in lieu of repairing or replacing Drake… Continue Reading Drake damage apparently not as bad as feared

Xcel threatens to cut Boulder solar rebates

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Xcel Energy officials are threatening to cut solar rebates and energy-efficiency programs if Boulder voters approve a plan to break from Xcel and start a municipal utility. Xcel regional vice president Jerome Davis said in a letter Tuesday that during the five or more years it will take to form the utility, the company may… Continue Reading Xcel threatens to cut Boulder solar rebates

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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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