IPCC Fifth Assessment Report

The Summary for Policymakers of the Fifth Assessment Report was approved, the accepted by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and is now available to the public on their website.  If you want to rise above the news media spin and want to be informed on this critical issue from the scientists, I recommend taking advantage of this opportunity.  It will only be through a well informed public that we can rise above the special interest hype and make rational decisions.

A Wind Farm in El Paso County

On November 15th the Gazette reported approval is being sought to build a 147 turbine, 250 MW wind farm in eastern El Paso County.  Golden West Power Partners LLC is the firm building the wind farm and they have a contract with Xcel Energy to buy all the output.  No mention of Colorado Springs Utilities in the article.

It was interesting timing for me as I had just attended a status meeting of the Drake Task Force on November 6th.  If you are not familiar with this group, they are evaluating alternatives to continued operation of the coal fired power plant in downtown Colorado Springs.  Anyone who has driven on I25 through Colorado Springs is well aware of this “landmark”.  My impression is this is a serious study of alternatives and is taking a stab at placing a cost on externalities.  There is a lot of good information available at their website.  Note that preliminary results will be discussed at a December 3rd open house and final results by the end of the year.

Utility scale power generation is shifting!

Cool Science October 5, 2013

SECRES had a booth at the Cool Science Fair at UCCS, and the main attraction was smores, using marshmallows melted in a solar oven.  When the chocolate ran out, the marshmallows were still popular.  This is a popular even attended by hundreds of school-age children and their families

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SECRES at Cool Science Carnival Day
SECRES volunteers will also be available with our solar demo module at the Cool Science Festival’s Carnival Day,  October 5th, 2013 at the UCCS campus in Colorado Springs. If you have children in the Colorado Springs schools you will be notified of this event.  Make a point to bring your kids by the SECRES booth!

 

Pikes Peak Solar Tour

In 2013 the solar tour usually held in Colorado Springs in cooperation with the ASES national solar tour was replaced by RE-Build Black Forest.  These free seminars provided information to assist those who lost their home of business in this year’s Black Forest Fire.  You can see the details here.

Solar Tour Video

This video thanks to Bill Needell.