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Critics say Xcel Energy’s latest bid for a gas rate increase would leave customers pinched

The battle over Xcel Energy’s proposed natural gas rate increase isn’t just a dispute over whether the utility gets the $188.6 million it is seeking from its Colorado customers but also in part about the future of natural gas in the state. The Colorado Public Utilities Commission on Thursday heard from the public on the […]

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Researchers in Colorado have figured out what makes air conditioners consume so much energy. It’s not the heat.

This just in from the laboratory: When it comes to the air conditioner chugging away in the window, it’s not the heat — but the humidity that’s causing it to work overtime. An analysis by researchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden found that on average more than half of the energy used […]