Green Energy Revolution

Green Energy Revolution May 19th, 2016 6-9pm Carnegie Room Penrose Library 20 N. Cascade Ave. Colorado Springs, CO 80903 At this event, Green Energy Revolution, we will show a film and have a discussion afterwards. The film is titled “Earth: The Sequel, A Race to reinvent the future of energy”. It’s described as a straightforward look at […]

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 […]

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 […]

Electric Power for Municipal Utilities; what does the future hold?

Colorado Springs, May 7th In spite of a major hail storm, a great crowd turned out for this. The landscape of electrical power generation is changing more dramatically today than in the last 130 years, and the impact on municipal utilities is significant.  Rising mining costs, new gas supplies from fracturing, plummeting solar and wind […]

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 […]

Tri-State Signs 25 Year Agreement for 150 MW of Wind

Tri-State Wind Farm

  Tri-State has entered a power purchase agreement (PPA) for the entire output of a 150 MW wind farm operated by NextEra Energy Resources in eastern Colorado near Burlington.  It will be Tri-State’s larger wind PPA to date.  The  wind power will go to Tri-State’s 44 member  cooperatives across Colorado, Nebraska, New Mexico and Wyoming.  Five of […]

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 […]