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Colorado has 200,000 tons of orphan greenhouse gases that no one claims, environmental groups say 

Nearly 200,000 tons of orphaned greenhouse gas emissions seemed to go off the books of a coal plant when a utility sold its partial share of the power.  Another utility made a vague promise to replace 80% of its transmission through clean resources, without revealing how that magic total will be reached.  Maybe these Colorado […]

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Here’s where Colorado wants to capture and bury 350,000 tons of carbon dioxide each year

A pioneering carbon capture company wants to take the climate change fight to northeastern Colorado by gathering 350,000 tons of carbon dioxide a year from ethanol fermentation at plants in Yuma and Sterling and injecting it into underground wells.  Carbon America announced the project Thursday with Sterling Ethanol and Yuma Ethanol, in apparently the first […]

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Glenwood Springs granted right to build whitewater parks after 9 years in water court

Colorado’s river recreation economy boomed in the first 10 years of recreational in-channel diversion water rights, which state lawmakers created in 2001 to protect water used for recreation. In the decade that followed, 20 communities claimed rights that kept rapids roiling in whitewater parks that became community centerpieces. But those water rights, known as RICDs […]

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Colorado rejects Xcel Energy’s attempt to extend the life of Pueblo’s coal plant by 12 more years

An agreement that would have locked in 12 more years of life for Xcel Energy’s troubled Comanche 3 coal-fired power plant was rejected by the Colorado Public Utilities Commission on Monday. All three commissioners voiced opposition to the deal, citing concerns over the plant’s reliability, the fact that early closure might be cheaper for consumers […]

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Colorado needs to cut greenhouse gas pollution from industry. They’ve put it off until 2023.

Colorado officials won’t pass rules cutting greenhouse gas emissions from large manufacturers until 2023, once again disappointing environmental advocates who say mandatory targets for 2025 and 2030 are slipping out of sight.  Last spring, the Air Pollution Control Division had rulemaking for the next round of industrial emissions cuts planned for 2022. Environmental groups say […]

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Colorado delays key clean truck rules until 2023. Environmental justice groups are furious.  

Colorado pollution regulators now say they won’t finish long-anticipated clean truck rules until 2023, prompting cries of betrayal by environmental groups that say acting now is vital to cutting greenhouse gas and ozone-causing emissions that harm impacted communities. Key groups included by law in energy transition rulemaking said they’d been assured the rules for cleaning […]

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Tired of mowing your lawn?  Colorado could pay you $2 a square foot to rip it out. 

Colorado would expand grass turf buyouts statewide and double existing city rip-and-replace programs in a bill aimed at solving misuse of precious water during the state’s long-term drought.  The bipartisan bill would create a $2 million to $4 million annual pool from general fund money to pay homeowners, businesses or any other landlords willing to […]