TED Talks Highlight Renewable Energy

Two recent TED talks help highlight the positive advances of Renewable Energy in the world around us.  The first one, “The Case for Optimism on Climate Change” features an enthusiastic Al Gore from February of this year.  It starts out with the hard truth, and goes on to provide an insight into what we hoped […]

Sustainable Energy in America Factbook

The Business Council for Sustainable Energy have released the 2016 edition of their Sustainable Energy in America Factbook.  The data are compiled by Bloomberg New Energy Finance.  You can get a free electronic copy of this report at their website.  Get the facts on how clean energy is growing in this country, what are the cost […]

Wind Power Transmission Projects

Transmission projects are starting to pick up.  For renewable energy (RE), transmission has two big benefits.  It allows RE producing regions, like the wind energy in the central US, to be connected to population centers.  In addition, it allows geographic diversity to help smooth the intermittent RE generation. This NYTimes article describes the progress of […]

Colorado Energy Expo

Wednesday, May 13, 2015 8 AM – 5 PM Denver, Colorado   This is the second year for this free public expo in Denver.  It features speakers and exhibitors from across the entire spectrum of Colorado’s energy industry from fossil to renewable as well as efficiency.   For more information see http://www.metrodenver.org/colorado-energy-expo  

Dr. Kutscher Talks to a Full House

Climate Change: The Latest Science, Why It’s Serious, and What We Can Do About It 100 Colorado Springs residents turned out to learn about climate change from Dr. Charles (Chuck) Kutscher, Director of the Buildings and Thermal Systems Center at National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).  The presentation was co-sponsored by Colorado Renewable Energy Society, and […]

EPA Clean Power Plan and Coal Mining Association

Response to the November 3, 2014 Gazette article by Stuart Sanderson, CEO of the Colorado  Mining Association: Colorado has been in the forefront in diversifying its economy and its electricity production by increasing its reliance on its rich renewable energy resources, while maintaining relatively low electricity rates.  Portions of the Front Range which have sought […]

Advancing Colorado’s Energy Future

Colorado’s RES In 2004 Colorado’s voters adopted a renewable energy standard (RES), the first in the country enacted by popular vote.  The Colorado RES has been updated to increase renewable energy requirements since then and now (2014) requires the following: 30% renewable energy by 2020 for investor owned utilities (IOUs) 20% renewable energy by 2020 […]

ACTION ALERT: Your Input About Drake Decommissioning Is Needed Now!

The Colorado Springs Utilities Council is this summer making critical decisions that will affect the future of our energy portfolio. Unfortunately, based on statements and actions by this Council in the recent past, the fear is that they will resort to the same dirty energy status-quo solutions that they find to be easiest and cheapest. […]

Drake Fire – a Reminder to be Energy Efficient

Drake Fire

With the unfortunate fire at the Colorado Springs Martin Drake Power Plant, Colorado Springs Utilities (CSU) is faced with an abrupt loss of base load electric power.  This could easily last into the summer air conditioning season with its peak load.  Now is a GREAT time for all CSU customers to take steps towards using less […]

SWITCH Documentary Q&A

Who sponsored airing of the Switch documentary in Colorado Springs? Where can I find more information on Switch? I was disturbed by the lack of detailed information on the negative environmental impacts in the film. In light of this, why did you show the film? Is there a group I can meet with to find […]