Colorado


Xcel Energy decommissioned coal-fired power unit in Denver's Arapahoe Station.

What Xcel’s Western Coal Fleet Can Learn From its Northern One

, Senior Energy Analyst

Xcel Energy made a huge splash when, in 2018, it announced that it would be charting a path to 100 percent carbon-free electricity. But they didn’t necessarily win over everyone, including us at UCS. That’s because we know that goals (ambitious or otherwise) have to be judged by actions. The evidence so far is that Xcel isn’t as committed to its climate goals as it would like you (and the media) to think.

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Will von Dauster, NOAA
Xcel
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What’s a Coal State to Do?

, senior energy analyst

As we collectively work to minimize the impacts of climate change, which we are already seeing today, we will transition to a clean energy economy—and we must ensure fairness to the workers in fossil fuel industries and the communities that depend on them. This is especially true for coal, which has helped keep the lights on for generations. Read more >

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Subaru vehicles are popular in Colorado and environmentalism is part of their brand identity, so it's troubling that their sole electric vehicle isn't available in Colorado. Photo: Tim Hurst/Flickr

Why Colorado Needs a Zero Emission Vehicles Standard

, Senior vehicles engineer

Colorado is poised to enact requirements for automakers to sell “Zero Emission Vehicles” (ZEVs) in the state. In 2018, Colorado was already in the top 5 states in terms of percent of vehicle sales that are electric in the country, so why is this important? It’s because despite progress, Colorado could be moving even faster to switch from gasoline to electricity to power cars and trucks, if there were more models of electric vehicles available.

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Photo: Tim Hurst/Flickr
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Photo: Xcel Energy Center

Xcel Commits to 100% Carbon Free Energy. Why is this a big deal? How will they do it?

, Senior Energy Analyst

A 100-plus-year-old company became the first major US utility to target 100% carbon-free electricity by 2050. The company, Xcel Energy, serves millions of customers across eight states. The company’s announcement builds on previous goals to reduce carbon emissions. But setting an ambitious goal is one thing; implementing it can be tricky.

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Photo: Xcel Energy Center
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Fracking in Colorado: Did the Oil and Gas Taskforce Finish Its Tasks?

, Research Director, Center for Science and Democracy

When Colorado officials announced that they would set up a blue-ribbon taskforce charged with making informed recommendations on oil and gas development in the state, there were high hopes. In fact, I commended the state for establishing a strong procedure and promising mechanism for informed decision-making for fracking in Colorado. What an opportunity, I thought, for a science-informed decision in an otherwise science-lacking debate. Now that the commission has issued recommendations, it’s worth revisiting what happened. Did the taskforce succeed? Let’s walk through its moves. Read more >

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