Federal officials say that U.S. demand for coal to generate electricity will keep sliding, especially in Western states where renewable energy will provide almost a quarter of the power to household and businesses this summer.
Wyoming regulators approved a permit by TransWest Express to construct a high-voltage transmission system for energy generated by wind farms in the state. The lines would run into northwest Colorado.
Tri-State had been under scrutiny for its reliance on coal-fired power. Now the utility is making moves to up renewables.
The utility’s new goal is good news for Gov.-elect Jared Polis, who pledged a 100 percent renewable energy goal as part of his campaign.
Xcel plans to buy two existing gas-fired generating plants in Colorado and add five solar farms and three wind farms.
Wyoming sees wind flow generally different than that of the western plains, where many of Colorado's existing farms are built.
Pueblo is “poised to become the renewable energy hub for Colorado and likely the region.”
Tax policy changes that affect the renewable industry draw close scrutiny in Colorado.
Aspen set the 100 percent renewable goal in 2006 as part of its Canary Initiative, a climate action plan aimed at reducing the city’s carbon footprint 30 percent by 2020.
The authors of a new paper in The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences say that to get to zero emissions, the country should look beyond wind, solar and hydropower.