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Regional board to approve ozone action plan, but a Colorado coalition wants much more done

The staff of the Regional Air Quality Council admits its plan won’t reach EPA limits, and environmental groups demand far stricter caps on the toxic air.

Environment

Environmental coalition sues Colorado over late air pollution permit for West Elk Mine

The same group has forced faster action by state and EPA officials on delayed permits for Suncor Energy in Denver.

Environment

EPA fines Weld County gas processor $3.25 million for leaks 

DCP Operating Company LP settles with federal and state officials over allegations of failing to detect gases contributing to Front Range ozone.

Environment

Report that oil field methane emissions are down by half is wrong, Front Range cities with own pollution monitors say

Broomfield, Boulder County, Erie and Longmont are tracking air pollution with their own network of ground-level sensors

Environment

Colorado’s energy czar, wife are recovering after a 1,000-foot fall while climbing in Rocky Mountain National Park

Will Toor, who leads Colorado’s Energy Office, broke his femur and had to be taken by helicopter to a hospital

Outdoors

Xcel pays Colorado solar homeowners 8 cents for their extra electricity. Then charges neighbors 17 cents to use it.

Home solar producers won’t benefit from the utility’s new time-of-use rates until late next year at the earliest, missing two summers of generation.

Environment

Colorado regulators approve 3 utilities’ clean energy plans despite environmentalists’ objections

Antipollution advocates said Colorado Springs Utilities and Holy Cross Energy made vague promises or orphaned coal emissions.

Environment

Colorado’s legislative efforts are not enough to solve its Front Range ozone problem

Laws dealing with diesel buses, emissions notifications and free public transit during months when ground-level ozone is worst won't do much to improve air quality, experts say

Health

Colorado oil and gas companies said a 2019 state law would destroy them. That didn’t happen. But here’s what did.

Colorado oil and gas regulators applying the new rules set by Senate Bill 181 have plans for 1,900 wells to consider so far this year, some are already approved.

Business

Colorado gives oil and gas company 6 more months to clean up its act. If not, KP Kauffman faces nearly $1 million in fines — or worse.

The commission levied a $2 million fine, but deferred payment of all but $795,000 on the condition that the Denver-based oil and gas company properly clean up 74 sites

Business

Mystery solved: That secretive solar farm in western Colorado? It’s officially a crypto mine.

After China banned crypto mining in 2021, miners have been scrambling to find new homes in rural areas across the U.S.

Business

Xcel Energy cleared to collect $500 million from Coloradans for storm, but regulators say it can’t happen again

Colorado’s largest utility put “on notice” by the Public Utilities Commission, saying it mishandled the spike in prices during Winter Storm Uri in 2021

Business

“It’s our new cash crop”: A land rush for renewable energy is transforming the Eastern Plains

A race to meet state climate goals — and to get expiring federal tax credits along the way — has led to a flurry of wind and solar activity

Energy

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

Just because none are stepping up as the owner doesn’t mean coal-fired power plants aren’t polluting. The climate change-causing gases need to be cut no matter what name is attached.

Environment

A project looking to move water from Utah to Colorado’s Front Range gets new funding, partner

Water Horse Resources CEO Aaron Million is still eyeing a Green River pipeline, which critics dismiss as a “silly idea”

Water

“The End” bus tour depicts an apocalyptic Denver to help spur climate change action

The custom-renovated school bus stops at five abandoned sites throughout the city and runs Thursday and weekends through July 31

Climate

Xcel Energy wants consumers to pay $1B to shut down 5 coal-fired power plants. Regulators want more study.

“We’ve expressed concern over understanding these costs,” Colorado Public Utilities Commission member Megan Gilman said of Xcel Energy plan

Business

The Ute Mountain Ute can’t access their Colorado River water rights. Here’s how the tribal chairman is trying to change that.

A conversation about water with the Ute Mountain Ute tribal chairman

Water

Colorado air pollution regulators are so behind that they didn’t get around to a hearing on one company’s permit for 13 years

The Terra Energy facility is one of at least 60 past the deadline for new or renewed air pollution permits in Colorado. The backlog has included landfills, factories, tank batteries and compressor stations.

Environment

Biden waives solar panel tariffs, seeks to boost production

Business
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