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Federal agencies join investigation into the Marshall fire’s cause as two people remain missing

Boulder County authorities zeroed in on a neighborhood they believe to be the origin of the Marshall fire but have yet to determine a cause, Sheriff Joe Pelle said Sunday. Authorities said the fire likely started near Marshall Road and Colorado 93, and they are working with the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, […]

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Colorado consumer advocates ask utility commission to reject $130M of Xcel’s February storm surcharge

Xcel Energy ignored numerous weather warnings when buying natural gas and failed to switch to cheaper fuel oil during the historic deep freeze in mid-February, leaving the utility helpless as spot prices spiked to 50 times base costs, according to new expert objections to proposed consumer surcharges. The state consumer advocate and the Public Utilities […]

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Denver and Boulder have big goals to fight climate change. But there is an obstacle: cannabis

Stretching the day for tiny marijuana plants at a Lafayette greenhouse long after night falls makes for a hefty electric bill. Even with big investments in a computer system to control heat, light and humidity, and in more-efficient light bulbs and fans, RiNo Supply Co. general manager Brian Matthews says 85 percent of the energy costs […]