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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

Utility gets nod to build 416-mile power line across U.S. West to connect wind farms to electric customers

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management said it has notified Portland-based PacifiCorp it can proceed with its Energy Gateway South Transmission line

Energy

A European climate change delegation visits Colorado. What did they say, and what did they hear?  

European Union ambassadors on energy and greenhouse gas limits seek knowledge from Colorado success stories, and tell their own.

Environment

Colorado needs hundreds of thousands of EV chargers. Here’s where they’re going.

Getting to a million electric vehicles on the road by 2030 means building enough places to charge them, and doing it fairly. Analysts say Colorado is keeping up so far.

Environment

Federal judge blocks plan for 35 gas wells on national forest land in western Colorado 

A U.S. District Court vacates federal agencies’ approval of drilling by Bill Koch’s Gunnison Energy, agreeing with an environmental coalition’s lawsuit.

Environment

Dam of questions breaks around hydropower plan for one-of-a-kind canyon in western Colorado

Creating Xcel’s renewable energy “battery” in Unaweep Canyon could put part of the rare two-mouthed canyon underwater

Environment

Hydropower is 53% of the renewable energy supply in the West. Drought is slowing down production.

Tri-State Generation, the largest hydropower customer on the Colorado River system, says it has enough other sources of energy to make up for less hydro production.

Water

Budgets fat with fossil fuel revenue at odds with climate-change goals in states like Colorado

Will Toor, executive director of the Colorado Energy Office, said the state's not targeting fossil fuel production — only the industry's emissions.

Politics and Government

Xcel Energy can recover $509 million from consumer bills after February 2021 storm, judge rules 

Average home impact will be an 11% boost for gas, 2% for electricity in coming years, even though the ruling says the utility could have done more to warn consumers.

Energy

Federal inquiry that stalled solar installations follows the law, commerce secretary tells angry senators

The commerce secretary told a Senate panel that the solar inquiry is following a process set by law that doesn't allow consideration of climate change, supply chains or other factors.

Environment

After long battle, 3 Colorado electric co-ops may renegotiate with Tri-State instead of leaving outright

Partial contracts keep the co-ops in the association while enabling them to purchase cheaper power and build local, renewable energy projects

Business

Biden administration increases oil and gas royalty rate, scales back lease sales

The royalty rate for new leases will increase to 18.75% from 12.5%. That’s a 50% jump and marks the first increase to royalties for the federal government since they were imposed in the 1920s.

Energy

Wind energy company pleads guilty after 150 eagles are killed at its farms in 8 states, including Colorado

CEO of ESI Energy owner NextEra Energy says deaths of bald and golden were unavoidable accidents that should not be criminalized. NextEra has 10 wind farms in Colorado.

Business

A Longmont farm wants to teach people how to grow food under solar panels

Jack’s Solar Garden will use $40,000 from the Boulder County Sustainability Tax to fund educational initiatives

Energy

United Power should be able to leave Tri-State for less than a tenth of a proposed $1.6B exit fee, federal report says

An energy economist for Tri-State's federal regulator called the energy association's exit-fee calculations flawed and unreasonable.

Business

This is the first net-zero affordable housing project in Colorado’s high country. It certainly won’t be the last.

Despite the extra building cost, a 27-unit affordable housing community near Basalt is embracing a “net-zero” technique

Environment

Xcel Energy to raise residential electric bills by 6.4% in April, two more rate increases loom

Add a request to recoup costs from a weather-related price spike in 2021 and an increase tied to rising costs of gas and the total is $16.50 more a month.

Business

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

Comanche 3, which has been shut down by equipment failures since Jan. 28, is schedule to permanently close in 2034 

Business
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