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Gov. Hickenlooper seeks to save Colorado Energy Office after legislature hit impasse

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Gov. John Hickenlooper’s office is expected to request on Tuesday that state budget writers approve supplemental funding for the Colorado Energy Office after the legislature hit an impasse at the end of the legislative session. The governor’s office is asking for $3.1 million to preserve the office, which, in addition to promoting renewable energy, also […]

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If the Colorado Film Office was playing fast and loose, just imagine …

  … what other state agencies might have a similarly freewheeling approach with the public’s checkbook. So surmises conservative blog Colorado Peak Politics. ColoradoPolitics.com’s Peter Marcus reported earlier this week on a state audit that found none of the $1.9 million in incentives awarded to film projects shot in Colorado had met all the criteria for […]

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A special session for wind power? So says Independence’s Amy Cooke

Citing unnamed sources, the Independence Institute’s Amy Oliver Cooke asserts in a blog post that Gov. John Hickenlooper has an ulterior motive in talking up a possible special session: He wants to promote wind power on a massive scale. And he wants to throw the keys to behemoth public utility Xcel Energy, Colorado’s largest power provider. According […]

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Colorado Energy Office severely crippled after lawmakers fail to reach a compromise

The Colorado Energy Office will be crippled after lawmakers on the last day of the session on Wednesday were unable to agree to a measure that would have continued full funding for it. In its original form, Senate Bill 301 – described by Republicans as “far-reaching” – would have maintained funding for the Colorado Energy […]

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‘Far-reaching’ energy legislation advances in Colorado legislature

Lawmakers on Wednesday advanced a measure that would maintain funding for the Colorado Energy Office, while restructuring it and doing away with certain programs. Senate Bill 301 – a 57-page bill introduced in the waning days of the legislative session – is supported by Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper’s Energy Office, though some environmental interests and Democrats […]

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‘It’s going to be interesting’: State Senate prepping for Hickenlooper PUC appointment confirmations

Gov. John Hickenlooper and state Senate President Kevin Grantham, R-Canon City, say the process is already in motion to launch Senate confirmation hearings for the governor’s two recent appointees to the state’s Public Utilities Commission. Grantham seems to be looking forward to it. “I think we’ll do it sooner rather than later,” he told The […]

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Enviromentalists urge PUC members to go green on utilities

Jeff Ackermann and Wendy Moser are Gov. John Hickenlooper’s news appointees to the Colorado Public Utilities Commission. The three-member panel regulates utilities and tries to maintain reasonable prices, as well as overseeing taxis and ride-sharing companies such as Uber and Lyft. That sounded like good news to Pete Maysmith, executive director of Conservation Colorado, the […]

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? Electric vehicle use urged for Colorado’s VW settlement funds

In this Oct. 5, 2015, file photo, the VW sign of Germany's Volkswagen car company is displayed at the building of a company's retailer in Berlin. Volkswagen is scheduled to present its third quarter figures Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
Colorado public interest, environmental and public health organizations have called upon the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to use funds from the Volkswagen emissions cheating scandal to support a transition to a zero-emission transportation future. At issue is $61.3 million Colorado will receive between 2017 and 2027 from a settlement between the U.S. […]

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