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Jared WrightJared WrightDecember 20, 20165min528

Coloradans love clean energy. Seventy-six percent of Colorado voters say they are more likely to vote for a candidate who promotes wind and solar energy. Certainly many of them helped expand our pro-conservation majority in the Statehouse during the last election. Renewable energy embodies many of the values that Coloradans voted for on Election Day, including self-reliance, the right to choose, concern for natural resources and the knowledge that a healthy environment goes hand-in-hand with a strong economy.


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Mike McKibbinMike McKibbinDecember 15, 201610min376

Around 3,000 commercial and multi-family buildings in Denver would be asked to start providing information to city officials about their energy efficiency under an ordinance before Denver City Council. The information - described as similar to gas mileage stickers for motor vehicles - would help the city meet its Energize Denver climate goals. Municipal, institutional, commercial, and multifamily residential buildings of at least 25,000 square feet would be asked to track and report their energy usage annually, using the Environmental Protection Agency’s free online tool, ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager. Exemptions are available for building owners that claim they are unable to benchmark their building due to its condition and other factors.


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John TomasicJohn TomasicDecember 14, 201614min419

State Senate Republican and Democratic leaders have signaled they will dedicate additional resources and attention next year to energy and environmental issues, but in the turbulent wake of the surprise election of Donald Trump as president, the news has observers wondering whether the party caucuses are simply shoring up positions or seeing new opportunity to move beyond long-established partisan territories. Speculation launched at the end of November, when Senate Republicans announced they had formed a new Select Committee on Energy and Environment. “I know people are kind of scratching their heads,” said committee Chairman Ray Scott, R-Grand Junction. “I can say that the committee will be less about passing legislation and more about gathering information and getting it right. We tend to send energy bills to committees to do instead of fully discussing them. So this committee is going to be about gathering information that is correct, the best information, and reporting it back to the people. We want to help educate lawmakers and, more important, to help educate the public.


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Terry JarrettTerry JarrettDecember 7, 20166min449

As the recent election cycle demonstrated, American politics is beset with a number of polarizing issues. Among the most obvious has been the debate over coal. Where Hillary Clinton favored renewable energy at the expense of the coal industry, Donald Trump has promised to launch a coal renaissance. This “either/or” schism overlooks a larger point, though, since technological advances could eventually lead to coal — and the tens of thousands of jobs it supports — playing a key role in the clean energy transformation of the 21st century.