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Xcel Energy: Swiftboating for Solar

Brian Holton Henderson | Posted 08.01.2014 | Green
Brian Holton Henderson

Like many other corporations looking to make hay out of the environmental movement, Xcel has been greenwashing with gusto. The new image comes replete with chirpy narration, crisp graphics and opaque accolades.

The Future of Public Power

Brian Holton Henderson | Posted 08.17.2014 | Green
Brian Holton Henderson

If utilities continue to rely on their comfortable monopolies, more and more consumers are going to demand a change.

New Website Highlights Popularity of Rooftop Solar, Opposition to Xcel's Attacks on Solar

Anne Smart | Posted 02.24.2014 | Denver
Anne Smart

Coloradans support rooftop solar. They have made that abundantly clear time and time again. A recent poll demonstrated that 70 percent of Coloradans s...

How Much For A Ray Of Sunshine?

Posted 12.11.2013 | Green

How much for a ray of sunshine? In Colorado it's becoming a hotly contested question. Almost 30,000 Coloradans signed a petition that was deliver...

Kate Sheppard

You'll Never Guess Which Companies Are Already Planning For A Price On Carbon

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON –- Many U.S. companies are already including a price on carbon emissions in their business planning. That includes oil companies such as ...

On November 5th, Local Power Is on the Line

John Farrell | Posted 01.23.2014 | Denver
John Farrell

Will it be another example of how a corporate monopoly buries its political and economic opponents? Or will it be Boulder's shot heard 'round the world of locals taking charge of their energy future?

The Arab Oil Embargo, Sandy, and Adapting to New Realities

Clint Wilder | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Clint Wilder

This month marks the anniversaries of two notable events, decades apart yet related in terms of historical impact, awareness of vulnerability, and challenge to business as usual: the Arab oil embargo 40 years ago and Superstorm Sandy, which hit the Northeast on Oct. 29 last year.

Solar for Me but Not for Thee: Xcel's Plan to Undermine Rooftop Solar

Anne Butterfield | Posted 09.20.2013 | Denver
Anne Butterfield

An eye-popping announcement came last week from Colorado's largest utility, Xcel Energy. It plans to install 170 megawatts of utility scale solar plu...

Crowdfunding Campaign For Local Boulder Energy Utility Triples Goal

The Boulder Daily Camera | JOE RUBINO | Posted 11.06.2013 | Denver

When New Era Colorado launched an online crowdfunding campaign last month to raise money in support of Boulder municipalization efforts, $40,000 was t...

This Is How You Fight Back Big Energy Companies

The Huffington Post | Matt Ferner | Posted 09.04.2013 | Politics

Still feeling like you can't do anything to change the world? Well, just take a look at this Colorado nonprofit's video that has gone viral and feel t...

Crowdfunding Against Big Coal

Steve Fenberg | Posted 10.28.2013 | Denver
Steve Fenberg

New Era decided to up David's chances, using a crowdfunding platform to raise resources that will allow the grassroots organization to go head to head against Goliath, which in this case is a multi-billion dollar utility giant.

Xcel Energy Critiques Boulder's Case For Municipalization

The Boulder Daily Camera | Erica Meltzer | Posted 09.15.2013 | Denver

On the 10th floor of an office building in downtown Denver, some 60 technicians, traders and meteorologists keep a careful eye -- 24 hours a day, seve...

Boulder's Quest to Municipalize -- From Independence Day to the Next Election

Anne Butterfield | Posted 09.08.2013 | Denver
Anne Butterfield

Boulder has been offered a "Trojan horse" charter amendment by a large monopoly interest aiming at our quest to create a local-control clean energy municipal utility.

Court Dismisses Xcel Power Plant Deaths

AP | Posted 05.02.2013 | Denver

DENVER -- The Colorado Court of Appeals has dismissed lawsuits against three companies in the deaths of five workers at a power plant in 2007. The ap...

Strong Winds Leave Thousands Still Without Power On Thursday

AP | Posted 10.18.2012 | Denver

DENVER -- It could be midday Thursday before electricity is restored to everyone who lost power in the Denver area after powerful winds. Xcel Energy ...

High Winds Leave Thousands Without Power

AP | Posted 12.17.2012 | Denver

DENVER — A powerful wind storm knocked out electrical service to about 50,000 customers in the Denver area and in northern Colorado, and about 2...

Xcel Shrinking Your Money Like Alice in Wonderland

Anne Butterfield | Posted 08.29.2012 | Denver
Anne Butterfield

In tackling Xcel's new Electric Resource Plan (ERP) for Colorado, Clean Energy Action confirmed that future expenses on fuels like coal and natural gas are being discounted, and aggressively so.

Painting Co. Expected To Plead Guilty In Colo. Hydro-Plant Deaths

AP | Posted 02.18.2012 | Denver

DENVER — A California specialty painting company pleaded guilty Monday to five counts of violating federal workplace safety rules that resulted ...

Twenty-Somethings of Colorado With Skin in the Game

Anne Butterfield | Posted 01.22.2012 | Denver
Anne Butterfield

Our children's climate is being pushed over a cliff. This is the time to pay even more attention to Xcel's emissions, and New Era Colorado is up to the task.

Controversial San Luis Valley Power-Line Project On Chopping Block

Posted 01.01.2012 | Denver

A proposed powerline that had been billed as a referendum on Colorado's 'New Energy Economy' may be on the chopping block Tuesday after Xcel Energy do...

Occupy, Xcel, And the Mother of All Cliffs

Anne Butterfield | Posted 12.27.2011 | Denver
Anne Butterfield

While the nation salivates -- or trembles -- at the thought of how the Occupy Wall Street movement will affect elections for years to come, an Occupy-style ballot initiative is being voted on in Boulder.

Utility Fights Dirty in City's Battle for Clean Local Energy

John Farrell | Posted 12.14.2011 | Denver
John Farrell

In just three weeks, citizens of Boulder, CO, will vote on whether to begin a big, formal process to unplug from Xcel Energy's system and plug into local energy self-reliance.

WATCH: Dog Electrocuted Walking Though Puddle

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 09.25.2011 | Denver

Scott Evans, a Denver dog owner, has filed suit against Xcel Energy and several contractors after his dog Asha was electrocuted walking through an unm...

Xcel Acquitted In 5 Worker Deaths During Plant Fire

Reuters | By Robert Boczkiewicz | Posted 08.29.2011 | Denver

DENVER (Reuters) - Public utility Xcel Energy Inc. (XEL.N) and a subsidiary were acquitted on Tuesday of criminal charges stemming from a fire tha...

Bright Prospects For Solar Research In Colorado

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 08.08.2011 | Denver

Colorado's renewable energy prospects are looking bright. And with the opening of the largest solar research facility in the United States yesterday,...