Four new conservation projects in Colorado will add to the more than 20,000 work opportunities for low-income youth on public lands this summer.
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Xcel Energy’s announcement this week that it’s pulling the plug on a controversial and hotly contested transmission line project in the San Luis Valley is being cheered by local environmentalists but viewed with skepticism by Xcel’s partner in the project, Tri-State Generation and Transmission.
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today joined Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper at the ribbon-cutting for the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center to announce that they will partner together to advance three conservation initiatives in Colorado as part of President Obama’s America’s Great Outdoors Initiative.
Hedge fund billionaire Louis Bacon, who has been battling Xcel Energy in its bid to run new transmission lines across his massive Trinchera Ranch in the San Luis Valley in southern Colorado, apparently wins even if he loses. The Denver Post Friday reported Bacon’s hedge fund, Moore Capital Management, owns nearly $56 million in Xcel stock and stands to profit from the power lines that will connect the sun-soaked San Luis Valley and its many solar power facilities to Colorado’s Front Range cities.
An administrative law judge’s decree that Xcel Energy must “put its money where its mouth is” has cast an ominous cloud over a 140-mile power line proposed in Colorado’s sun-drenched San Luis Valley. Conservationists and the state’s largest utility argue the line is desperately needed in order to bolster Colorado’s renewable energy portfolio, but an evironmentally-minded billionaire landowner says there are viable alternatives that won’t have nearly the impact on his sprawling Trinchera Ranch.
The Saguache County Commissioners recently took the first step toward approval or denial of the San Luis Valley’s first utility scale, concentrated solar power facility, but conservation groups and local activists are already lining up to fight the controversial project.…
A U.S. District Court judge Thursday blocked a Canadian company from exploring or drilling for natural gas in the 79,000-acre Baca National Wildlife Refuge near Great Sand Dunes National Park in southern Colorado’s San Luis Valley.
A coalition of environmental…
The Governor’s Energy Office has an ambitious goal of expediting the addition of another 1,000 megawatts of renewable energy generation to Colorado’s electricity grid in the next few years, but the single biggest hurdle may be adding the necessary transmission lines.
Representatives of companies building utility-scale renewable projects like the 8-megawatt SunEdison solar plant in Colorado’s San Luis Valley say sun and wind generation facilities can be permitted and built in under two years, but transmission lines can take more than a decade to become reality.