Skip to contents

Energy

Energy
Energy

Biden sets out oil, gas leasing reform, stops short of public-lands ban

Long-awaited Interior Department report recommends hiking federal royalty rates for oil and gas drilling, which have not been raised for 100 years.

News

Colorado could stuff its CO2 deep in the ground to slow climate change

Carbon sequestration may be a small piece of the greenhouse puzzle now, but underground sites show promise for cooling the planet’s future.

Environment

Xcel promises to speed closure of coal-fired Comanche 3 electric plant. Environmental groups are unsatisfied.

Comanche 3 is by far the biggest polluter in the state, but the agreement with regulators allows Xcel leeway to add natural gas powered generation -- which also has climate costs

Environment

Looking for a fast EV charge in small town Colorado? Do you want fries with that?

Entrepreneurs like Curtis Claar and his EV Trails are starting to fill in the gaps of “range anxiety” among new electric car owners by installing lightning-fast, for-profit stations in out of the way places.

Energy

Colorado activists want gas-fired electrical plants to stop spewing pollution over Denver

Neighbors and conservation groups seek earlier closure of Cherokee and Arapahoe power stations. They emit half the CO2 of coal, but are still among the largest polluters in the state.

Environment

Colorado agreed to cut greenhouse gas emissions. But first they exempted the biggest polluters.

Industrial facilities have to cut CO2 by 20%, but if they make steel or cement, it’s only 5%. Here’s why.

Environment

Closing a coal-fired power plant in Pueblo to meet Colorado climate goals is easier said than done

The fate of Xcel Energy’s Comanche 3 plant is tangled at the crossroads of emissions and economics

Business

Colorado drilling company behind leaks, spills will pay a fraction of the massive fine it initially faced

KP Kauffman has also agreed to a comprehensive clean-up of spills and releases from wells, tanks, and flowlines at 74 sites under a “global” remediation plan

Business

Coloradans starting to see double-digit hikes in their gas utility bills

Xcel, Black Hills and others say they are just passing on commodity inflation, but the PUC and consumer advocates worry a blizzard of add-on charges is burying customers.

Business

Biden administration says oil, gas sales damage climate — but won’t stop them on public lands in the West

The Interior Department says selling oil and gas leases on public land in the West could cost society billions in climate change impacts. But BLM says it is powerless to slow the damage.

Environment

Drought stops agency from flooding Grand Canyon to restore beaches

Colorado River experts suspect politics are at play in decision to cancel the fall release of water to spread sediment through the system.

Climate

Biden administration to gauge climate damage from federal oil and gas sales

The announcement comes as officials are set to hold lease sales in numerous Western states -- including Colorado -- next year amid a fierce debate over federal fossil fuel reserves

Energy

Stingy car electrification plan by Black Hills Energy drives Pueblo inequity, advocates say

Southern Colorado utility’s first required Transportation Electrification Plan offers far fewer public benefits than Xcel’s in a place that needs it much more, the groups say.

Environment

Smells like a fossil fuel. Works like a fossil fuel. But these Colorado stations pump a gas with emissions less than zero.

Fleets that use renewable natural gas created by landfill methane, manure and sewage treatment qualify for clean fuel subsidies and capture damaging greenhouse gases.

Climate

Xcel Energy will drop $3 monthly pipeline fee that has raised three times the amount it was intended to collect

An agreement with utility regulators will still allow Xcel to charge customers for system upgrades, but with more scrutiny than the Pipeline System Integrity Adjustment, which generated $610 million

Energy

Ozone plagues Colorado’s Front Range, state report says, but bids to change it are elusive

Air pollution officials wrap up the “ozone year” with a dire look at summer of ‘21 and rising three-year averages, with little hope for better in near future.

Environment

After collecting $610 million from Colorado customers, regulators say it’s time to end Xcel’s pipeline repair fee

The Pipeline System Integrity Adjustments fee was supposed to be temporary. A decade on, it now accounts for 16% of Xcel’s natural gas revenue in Colorado.

Business

Rivian electric vehicle chargers are not coming to Colorado parks anytime soon

The EV maker had pledged to start installing public chargers at every state park starting in July, at no cost to government, but officials haven’t finished an agreement yet.

Environment

Xcel Energy may fill the hole left by closing its Hayden coal-fired power plant with salt. And fish.

The utility’s plan to generate electricity using molten salt could serve as a template for other towns facing the end of the age of coal.

Environment

U.S. Senate approves Tracy Stone-Manning to lead Bureau of Land Management over GOP opposition

Colorado's Democratic U.S. Sens. Michael Bennet and John Hickenlooper voted in favor of Stone-Manning's nomination

Politics and Government
1 of 19