Renewable energy

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Solar power comes to Southwest Horizons Ranch

Electrical costs for pumping water to a low-income housing development in Durango are about to go down as a grant-funded solar array nears completion. The 16.7 kilowatt installation at Southwest...

DATE: Sept. 27, 2016 | CATEGORY: Business

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Solar car to cruise Durango streets for a couple of weeks

Team Energy Audacity may have come in last in the Solar Car Challenge, but the two teenagers’ grit in the face of obstacles and the lessons they learned make them winners nonetheless. Recent Animas...

DATE: July 26, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local news

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Animas High students’ sun-powered contraption qualifies for Solar Car Challenge

More than five months of intense efforts paid off as two recent Animas High School graduates’ car qualified for the Solar Car Challenge. During the so-called scrutineering process late last week,...

DATE: July 24, 2016 | CATEGORY: Education

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Animas High School graduates’ adventure underway in solar car

What started as a school project has turned into a great adventure for recent Animas High School graduates Dominique “Domi” Frideger and Dylan Kroes as they prepare to enter the Solar Car Challenge...

DATE: July 18, 2016 | CATEGORY: Education

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Towering wind turbines generate controversy, income in Monticello, Utah

It was nearly two decades in the making, yet took just a couple months to build, changing the landscape of the Southeast Utah high desert, and altering the culture of a small rural town. “What’s...

DATE: July 1, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local news

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Solar gardens are expanding slowly in the West

As soon as her electric cooperative started selling panels in a community solar garden, Doris Shennum of Bear Lake, Montana, signed up. It will take 21 years for her to break even on her $900...

DATE: May 4, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local news

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Will states find other revenue streams to weather the fossil fuel bust?

From Cheyenne to Juneau and Bismarck to Santa Fe, several Western states are scrambling to tailor their budgets to harsh new economic realities. Gaping deficits wrought by tumbling fossil fuel...

DATE: April 19, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local news

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Cortez solar panels will benefit low-income households

New solar panels built over the weekend at Empire Electric in Cortez will give some low- and moderate-income households a break on their electric bills. Volunteers from various groups converged on...

DATE: April 17, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local news

Empire customers may qualify for Solar energy

For The Journal Empire Electric Association and the Colorado Energy Office have partnered with Grid Alternatives, a nonprofit solar installer to build a community solar garden in Cortez that is...

DATE: April 3, 2016 | CATEGORY: Business

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Clean Power Plan stay spurs enviros into action

It’s hard to overstate the high that environmentalists were feeling as this year began. President Obama had finally rejected the Keystone XL pipeline that they had fought against for years. New...

DATE: March 8, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local news

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Is Clean Power Plan out of reach?

The 27 states challenging the Clean Power Plan in court count five Western members among their ranks: Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Utah and Arizona. Those states filed a lawsuit in October...

DATE: March 8, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local news

County looks to life after Kinder Morgan

Kinder Morgan’s local CO2 production generated 62 percent of Montezuma County’s tax revenues in 2015. But the McElmo Dome field, the largest producing CO2 reserve in the U.S., could be nearly...

DATE: Feb. 14, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local news