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Thursday, 15 November 2012 19:47

Divided We Stand, Together We Move Forward

**Originally published in The National Journal's Energy Expert Blog

By ACORE CEO and President, Vice Admiral Dennis V. McGinn

With the election behind us, let’s hope this is the end to an ugly era of polarization in American politics. Over the past few years, Americans have listened to political bickering across almost every spectrum of policy on the state and national level. Despite many differences between our two parties, bipartisan support for renewable energy is growing and policymakers should take note. Many different points of view are constantly being expressed on which programs and policies work best, but politicians should understand that Americans expect our government to bring more renewable energy to scale. If Congress extends the Production Tax Credit, one of the most notable renewable energy tax credits by the end of the year, this will be a valuable indication that Washington has the ability to work together to achieve bipartisan policies for the good of the nation.

October 9 -- Colorado's wind-power market and industry are posting strong performances in 2013, according to executives. There are plans for more than 600 megawatts of new wind farms by four Colorado utilities — a 26 percent increase in generation.  >>View Article

Wednesday, 09 October 2013 15:34

Wind Energy A Significant Economic Driver In CO

October 9 -- With 4,000 people employed in 19 facilities plus more than $4 billion of capital investment in the state, the wind-energy industry is a significant economic driver in Colorado. At an event Tuesday in Denver, industry and community leaders discussed the growth potential and benefits associated with future investments. >>View Article

September 10 -- Xcel Energy Inc. is proposing to triple the amount of utility-scale solar power on its grid in Colorado, and add another 450 megawatts of wind power. The proposal, filed with the Colorado Public Utilities Commission, is the result of months of competitive bidding by power plant developers eager to supply electricity to Xcel. >>View Article

Monday, 29 July 2013 13:48

A Renewed Push For Hydropower

July 29 -- For years, hydroelectric power development has languished under the burden of stereotype: Its potential is tapped out. It's detrimental to the environment. It's not "real" renewable energy. >>View Article

June 28 -- Colorado could fulfill 10 percent of its residential and business electricity needs from the sun if it makes regulatory changes to encourage that 1 million solar power systems be installed on rooftops by 2030, according to a new report. >>View Article

June 6 -- In a move to boost renewable-energy generation in Colorado, Gov. John Hickenlooper on Wednesday signed a controversial bill doubling the renewable-energy target for rural electric cooperatives. "No question that the country as a whole is looking for, wanting cleaner fuels," Hickenlooper said. >>View Article

May 31 -- Xcel Energy Inc. is looking to add about 550 megawatts of wind power to its system in Colorado by 2016, which would boost its wind power by about 25 percent to more than 2,700 megawatts. >>View Article

May 24 -- Senate Bill 252 has passed the legislature and is on the governor's desk for his signature. The bill requires a specific level of renewable energy to be consumed by rural electric cooperatives. It contains a modest cap on individual customer's electricity bills resulting from this requirement. >>View Article

May 6 -- Located 200 miles and two mountain passes northwest of Denver, the town of Craig was rocking and rolling in the late 1970s as two coal-fired power plants were being completed and a third was launched. Then, after the construction crews left, not so much. >>View Article

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