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Opinion: A solar-energy trade dispute erupts at exactly the wrong time

A complaint by a California company is tanking production just when we need it most — and could delay Xcel’s exit from coal

Opinion Columns

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

Opinion: Colorado law should give geothermal energy equal standing with other renewables

A bill before the General Assembly would help unlock geothermal’s potential and bridge the gap to a renewable-energy future

Opinion Columns

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

Pueblo’s steel mill is an American success story. And it’s owned by Russians.

Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine has brought new attention to the mill’s 2007 sale to Evraz, one of Russia’s largest steel and mining companies

Business

Western Slope county rejects solar project over fear of losing a sliver of farmland

Delta County commissioners denied a rural electric co-op’s zoning request for 472-acre solar field

Business

Colorado electric co-op abandons plan to raise rates for second-home owners after solar users protest

Sangre de Cristo Electric Association’s proposed rate plan charged more for less use, sparking concerns by solar-paneled and lower-income members

Business

Solar-powered homes caught in crossfire as a rural Colorado electric co-op aims to squeeze more from second-home owners

Sangre de Cristo Electric Association's proposed restructuring of electric rates squeezes more from the growing number of second-home owners in central Colorado

Business

What’s the state of solar power in Colorado? Here’s a Q&A with a key player to find out.

Community solar builder SunShare has a lot of things to say against tariffs, for tougher guidance on Xcel to allow solar expansion, and more.

Environment

Unaweep Canyon is central to Xcel Energy’s big plans for renewable energy production in Colorado

The utility is seeking federal approval to build the state’s largest hydropower project on the Western Slope in Unaweep Canyon south of Grand Junction

Energy

These cells could be the key to efficient, cheap solar energy. But they have to make it in the “torture chamber” first.

Researchers at the federal lab in Golden are chasing the grail of easy-to-manufacture cells that are better at converting solar energy to electricity

Energy

Biden administration moves to expand solar power on public land in Colorado

The Bureau of Land Management issued a call for development within “solar energy zones” in Colorado, Nevada and New Mexico that combined cover about 140 square miles

Environment

United Power makes good on threat to break its contract with Tri-State Generation

With 103,000 customers, United Power accounts for 20% of Tri-State’s business and pays almost double the open-market price for electricity.

Business

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

Opinion: Lyons has cut incentives for rooftop solar, but wants to build a solar farm near a park

Is it possible for a town to have “too much” power from the sun? Voters will decide

Opinion Columns

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

A long-languishing Pueblo subdivision could become one of Colorado’s largest zero-energy communities

The environmentally friendly homes would make up just a tiny portion of the North Vista Highlands neighborhood. Developers think they will lure buyers looking for solar-ready homes built from nontoxic materials.

Housing

Opinion: The technology, and workforce, for clean energy already are in place. Now it’s time to invest

The payback would be 6-to-1, and would save Coloradans billions in energy costs

Opinion Columns

On the Navajo Nation, “putting seeds in the ground is our greatest act of resistance,” Fort Lewis students learn

Internship program hones lessons taught by parents and grandparents as students learn the role food, housing, language and ritual play in contemporary human rights struggles. 

Education
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