Energy http://krcc.org en ICYMI: Connecting the Drops Call-In, Water & Energy http://krcc.org/post/icymi-connecting-drops-call-water-energy <p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 04:15:13 +0000 Maeve Conran 17807 at http://krcc.org ICYMI: Connecting the Drops Call-In, Water & Energy Connecting the Drops Live Call-In Sunday on KRCC http://krcc.org/post/connecting-drops-live-call-sunday-krcc <p> Sun, 13 Apr 2014 15:11:32 +0000 Andrea Chalfin 17644 at http://krcc.org Connecting the Drops Live Call-In Sunday on KRCC Colorado Leads the Charge in Small Hydropower Projects http://krcc.org/post/colorado-leads-charge-small-hydropower-projects <p></p><p>Using the force of moving water to generate electricity is an old idea.&nbsp; For much of the 20th century, hydroelectric technology led to the construction of giant dams across the American West and around the world.&nbsp;&nbsp; But big hydro projects have a big impact on surrounding ecosystems, and Colorado is at the center of a growing move toward hydropower on a smaller scale.<br />&nbsp;</p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 13:33:00 +0000 Andrea Chalfin & Sam Fuqua 16852 at http://krcc.org Colorado Leads the Charge in Small Hydropower Projects Vestas to Add Workers http://krcc.org/post/vestas-add-workers <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Wind turbine manufacturer </span>Vestas<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> says it’s expecting to add at least 850 factory workers statewide this year.&nbsp; 400 have already been hired.&nbsp; The announcement comes after one of the best years for orders placed with the company, and after leaner previous years led to a series of layoffs at its Colorado plants.&nbsp; In a statement, </span>Vestas<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> says 80 of those workers will be at its Pueblo facility, where they’re expected to reach full capacity this year.&nbsp; The company also Wed, 12 Mar 2014 03:54:15 +0000 Andrea Chalfin 16154 at http://krcc.org Vestas to Add Workers Water Use and Electric Generation http://krcc.org/post/water-use-and-electric-generation <p><br />It takes water to produce electricity, but <em>how much</em> water varies a lot depending on the fuel source and the power generating technology. In Colorado, around half a percent of our total water usage is used to generate electricity.<br />&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It’s a small percentage, says Stacy </span>Tellinghusen<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, water policy analyst for Western Resource Advocates, a non-profit conservation group, but adds that it’s not inconsequential.&nbsp;</span></p> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 14:47:00 +0000 Sam Fuqua 15037 at http://krcc.org Water Use and Electric Generation Scientists Study Trinidad-Area Earthquakes http://krcc.org/post/scientists-study-trinidad-area-earthquakes <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Scientists with the US Geologic Survey are studying the relationship between earthquakes, gas drilling and the practice of re-injecting&nbsp;waste-water into the ground.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">They're looking at area around Trinidad in Southern Colorado, where the number of earthquakes has been growing. &nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Trinidad currently averages about eight magnitude-3 earthquakes a year.</span><br /> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 23:55:40 +0000 Mark Bevis & CPR 14411 at http://krcc.org Scientists Study Trinidad-Area Earthquakes Renewable Energy Standard Target of State GOP Repeal Efforts http://krcc.org/post/renewable-energy-standard-target-state-gop-repeal-efforts <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">State lawmakers are expected to debate the repeal of a controversial renewable energy bill today. As </span>Bente<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Birkeland<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> reports, Senate Bill 252 was one of the most hotly debated bills last legislative session.</span></p><p></p> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 15:42:18 +0000 Bente Birkeland 13879 at http://krcc.org Renewable Energy Standard Target of State GOP Repeal Efforts El Paso County Commissioners OK Zoning Request for Wind Farm http://krcc.org/post/el-paso-county-commissioners-ok-zoning-request-wind-farm <p></p><p>El Paso County Commissioners have approved a zoning request regarding a proposed wind farm in the eastern part of the county.&nbsp; Here’s the press release:</p><p></p><blockquote><p>Following a day long public hearing, the Board of El Paso County Commissioners this evening gave its approval to a zoning request that will clear the way for the development of a large wind farm in eastern El Paso County.</p> Fri, 20 Dec 2013 05:11:47 +0000 Andrea Chalfin 12911 at http://krcc.org El Paso County Commissioners OK Zoning Request for Wind Farm Response to Energy Industry Lawsuits http://krcc.org/post/response-energy-industry-lawsuits <p></p><p>Colorado’s energy industry trade group is now involved on three fronts with lawsuits over voter approved fracking bans or moratoriums. The latest move involved the announcement of suits against Lafayette and Fort Collins.&nbsp;</p><p><br /><p><br /></p></p><p>A lawsuit is already pending against the city of Longmont for a ban approved in 2012. Some in the state say a lawsuit is the wrong way to go.</p> Thu, 12 Dec 2013 14:56:25 +0000 Bente Birkeland 12557 at http://krcc.org Response to Energy Industry Lawsuits The Shoshone Power Plant: "A Big Dog on the River" http://krcc.org/post/shoshone-power-plant-big-dog-river <p></p><p>A complex series of agreements govern the distribution of water throughout the state.&nbsp; Along the Colorado River, farms, cities &amp; towns, and the recreation industry are all big players.&nbsp; But everyone takes a backseat to a tiny hydroelectric plant that’s over one hundred years old. &nbsp;It’s the <a href="http://www.xcelenergy.com/About_Us/Our_Company/Power_Generation/Shoshone_Generating_Station" target="_blank">Shoshone Generating Station</a>, and it plays a critical role on the Upper Colorado.</p><p><br /><p><br /></p></p> Mon, 09 Dec 2013 14:11:22 +0000 Maeve Conran 12390 at http://krcc.org The Shoshone Power Plant: "A Big Dog on the River" Energy Industry Works to Shift Public Opinion http://krcc.org/post/energy-industry-works-shift-public-opinion <p></p><p>Colorado’s Energy industry is continuing to make the case that hydraulic fracturing is safe and a critical part of the state’s economy. They’re stepping up efforts following the recent passage of fracking bans and moratoriums in three Front Range communities. The outcome of a ban in Broomfield has yet to be determined.</p><p></p><p>“Merely the fact that they qualified shows that there’s not enough education out there on these issues,” said Jon Haubert, spokesman for Coloradans for Responsible Energy Development – or CRED.</p> Fri, 29 Nov 2013 14:25:28 +0000 Bente Birkeland 12007 at http://krcc.org Energy Industry Works to Shift Public Opinion Hickenlooper Proposes New Oil And Gas Air Quality Regulations http://krcc.org/post/hickenlooper-proposes-new-oil-and-gas-air-quality-regulations Calling them ‘groundbreaking,’ Governor John Hickenlooper&#160;proposed new statewide air quality rules for oil and gas drilling Monday. The rules aim to reduce air pollution from methane emissions.<p> Tue, 19 Nov 2013 14:34:57 +0000 Bente Birkeland 11599 at http://krcc.org Hickenlooper Proposes New Oil And Gas Air Quality Regulations State Says Fracking Operations not Impacted by Flooding http://krcc.org/post/state-says-fracking-operations-not-impacted-flooding <p></p><p>During a hearing on water issues late last week, state officials said they&rsquo;ve inspected 70 percent of the oil and gas wells damaged by recent flooding. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.</p><p></p> Thu, 03 Oct 2013 13:10:00 +0000 Bente Birkeland 9490 at http://krcc.org State Says Fracking Operations not Impacted by Flooding Flooding Fuels Fracking Debate http://krcc.org/post/flooding-fuels-fracking-debate <p><br /><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; ">In November, voters in several Front Range communities will consider whether to ban or delay fracking. Many of these same areas are also recovering from September&#39;s devastating flooding.</span></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 27 Sep 2013 14:17:53 +0000 Bente Birkeland 9217 at http://krcc.org Flooding Fuels Fracking Debate Oil & Gas Industry, Regulators Scramble in Post-Flood Colorado http://krcc.org/post/oil-gas-industry-regulators-scramble-post-flood-colorado <p></p><p>Weld County in northeastern Colorado, one of the most drilled in the nation, was also among the hardest hit by this week’s historical floodwaters. State regulators and oil and gas industry workers are now scrambling to assess the damage and mitigate the health and environmental impacts.</p><p>“At this point – as access continues to be limited and emergency responders remain focused on lives, property and roadways – we have limited information about specific impacts or particular locations,” said Todd Hartman, spokesman for the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC).</p> Tue, 17 Sep 2013 20:46:27 +0000 Colorado Public News & David O. Williams 8770 at http://krcc.org Oil & Gas Industry, Regulators Scramble in Post-Flood Colorado Touring Colorado's First Biomass Power Plant http://krcc.org/post/touring-colorados-first-biomass-power-plant <p><span style="font-family: Verdana, Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 11px; line-height: normal; ">Colorado’s first biomass power plant is nearly complete. Senator Mark Udall and State Senator Gail Schwartz toured the facility in Gypsum recently, where wood cuttings from beetle kill trees will be turned into electricity. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen explains.</span></p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Thu, 22 Aug 2013 13:35:00 +0000 Marci Krivonen 7497 at http://krcc.org Touring Colorado's First Biomass Power Plant Oil & Gas Industry Discusses Fracking Backlash http://krcc.org/post/oil-gas-industry-discusses-fracking-backlash <p></p><p>The oil and gas industry says it’s trying to focus on new ways to reach out to an increasingly skeptical public. Community concern is rising as hydraulic fracturing moves into more and more populated areas of the Front Range. At the Rocky Mountain Energy Summit in Denver, which brings together energy leaders from across the country, much of the discussion this year focused on public anxiety over fracking.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Fri, 09 Aug 2013 13:35:00 +0000 Bente Birkeland 6889 at http://krcc.org Oil & Gas Industry Discusses Fracking Backlash Oil & Gas Leaders Gather in Denver http://krcc.org/post/oil-gas-leaders-gather-denver <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 0, 102); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, Geneva, geneva, arial, helvetica, sans-serif, veranda, Veranda; font-size: 13px; line-height: 20px; ">Oil and gas leaders are gathering in Denver this week to discuss innovation and controversy in their industry. Bente&nbsp;Birkeland takes a look at how the state’s water wars can shape the public debate over fracking.</span></p><p></p> Wed, 07 Aug 2013 13:01:00 +0000 Bente Birkeland 6766 at http://krcc.org Oil & Gas Leaders Gather in Denver Raising Longterm Health Concerns over 'Fracking' http://krcc.org/post/raising-longterm-health-concerns-over-fracking <p>A former president of the Colorado Medical Society calls the current hydraulic fracturing boom in the state’s oil and gas industry an “experiment in motion” for the public at large – one that could lead to higher rates of cancer and other illnesses over the next 10 to 15 years.</p><p> Wed, 24 Jul 2013 21:01:34 +0000 David O. Williams & Carol McKinley 6116 at http://krcc.org Raising Longterm Health Concerns over 'Fracking'