Renewable energy

Durango 100 percent renewable by 2050?

A petition calling for the city to commit to transitioning to 100 percent locally produced and renewable electricity by 2050 has garnered hundreds of signatures. In addition to cutting carbon...

DATE: Sept. 7, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

West’s push for one big electric grid gains steam

On a few sunny days this spring, California’s solar and wind power plants generated so much juice that grid operators had to throw it away, or curtail generation. The sun was shining, the wind was...

DATE: July 19, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Ute Mountain Utes to build $2 million solar farm

A hayfield near Towaoc will soon be transformed into a 1 megawatt solar array, thanks to a $973,000 grant from the Department of Energy and a $1 million match from the Ute Mountain Ute tribe. The...

DATE: June 29, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Energy Office funding cut reveals split on state vision

DENVER – Funding for the Colorado Energy Office was cut off recently – but not for budget reasons. Instead, it was about the vision for the office. The Energy Office is an executive office...

DATE: June 26, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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

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 27, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

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

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

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

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 5, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

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

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 18, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News