Energy Innovation Forum

Peter Eberle CRES Northern Colorado Chapter On January 19, 2016, over 100 attended the Northern Colorado Renewable Energy Society (NCRES) Energy Innovation Forum in Fort Collins to listen to a panel of experts who will discuss innovations that will accelerate the adoption of renewable energy generation within municipal, investor owned, and rural electric utilities. Panelists Allison Mason of Spirae and Bob …

Solar Investment Tax Credit Extended to 2020 by Congress

Sandro Sacerdoti CRES Boulder County Chapter On December 18, 2015, Congress passed and President Obama signed an extension to the solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC) and the wind Production Tax Credit (PTC) as part of an omnibus spending bill to fund the federal government through September 30, 2016. The ITC was set to expire at the end of 2016 for homeowner-owned …

Boulder Passes 2P and 2O for Climate Action

Vince Calvano CRES Boulder County Chapter All Boulder County ballots from this November’s election have been counted, and Boulder Residents voted yes to measures 2O and 2P by a wide margin. See all of the Boulder November 2015 election results here. Over 77% of Boulder residents who voted on measure 2P were expressing their support for renewing the Climate Action Plan tax. …

CRES Boulder Chapter urges City of Boulder to vote Yes on 2P and 2O

Sandro Sacerdoti CRES Boulder County Chapter Ballots for the upcoming election on November 3 were mailed to Boulder residents on October 13. A number of ballot initiatives are up for a vote including two that are important to renewable energy advocates like BCRES and readers of this blog. Supporters of renewable energy initiatives should vote Yes on 2P and 2O. This blog post provides …

The Very Good News on Clean Energy

Leslie Glustrom CRES Boulder County Chapter There is an abundance of good news on clean energy lately. Studies for the whole planet tell us that we can move to high levels of renewable energy and programs in Boulder County can help your home and business become more efficient, adopt solar electricity and a low-cost electric vehicle. At the national and international level, Boulder …

Colorado PUC Net Metering Proceeding

Sandro Sacerdoti CRES Boulder County Chapter As an update to our blog post of July 23, 2015 concerning the Colorado Public Utilities Commission’s (PUC) review of existing net metering rules for utility customers with solar panels, on August 26, 2015 the PUC decided to leave the current net metering rules unchanged and close the proceeding. The PUC’s written decision has yet to be …

Colorado Solar Demystified

Tom Doyle CRES Boulder County Chapter “Should I buy solar panels now or wait until the price comes down?” “Is my house oriented in the right direction for solar panels?” “Should I buy, lease, or find some other financial vehicle to become part of the solar movement?” The CRES Boulder County Chapter in conjunction with Colorado Solar Energy Industries Association (COSEIA) hosted “Colorado Solar …

Net Metering in Colorado – an update

Vince Calvano CRES Boulder County Chapter Current net metering policy has been and continues to be very good for the Colorado solar industry, but there has been a lot of talk lately about changing the price utilities, such as Xcel Energy, will pay to net metered customers that generate excess electricity in Colorado. This change has been strongly advocated by the …

U.S. Supreme Court to Review Decision Vacating FERC Demand Response Regulation

Sandro Sacerdoti CRES Boulder County Chapter On May 4, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to review a lower court decision overturning a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) order that required wholesale electricity market operators to allow Demand Response (DR) providers to receive wholesale electricity market prices for qualifying DR capacity. The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to review the case suggests …

At What Cost? The Electric Generation Crisis

Thomas Corlett Sr., LEED Certified AP CRES Southeastern Colorado Chapter The United States is facing an electric energy revolution moving from older, dirtier, costlier generation to sustainable, cleaner and more efficient generation. But the lack of attention by regulators and politicians to our health and environment is serious and urgent. At issue is urgency and the unacceptable interpretation of cost. Colorado is …