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  • Energy Policy Center testimony on HB17-11160

    • March 31, 2017

    Mr. Chairman, members of the committee thank you for the opportunity to testify today. My name is Michael Sandoval. I am the senior energy policy analyst for the Independence Institute, a state-based, free market think tank, headquartered in Denver. The Independence Institute is opposed to HB17-1116 not in intent, but in process. We do think

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  • PUC 2-1 vote forces utility to model costly social cost of carbon

    PUC 2-1 vote forces utility to model costly social cost of carbon0

    • March 29, 2017

    Colorado Public Utilities Commissioner Frances Koncilja’s concern for ratepayers is limited to the Pueblo area. She is more than willing to load up other low-income Coloradans with additional costs.  In a 2-1 vote last Thursday, Koncilja and PUC Chairman Jeff Ackermann ordered the state’s largest monopoly utility to model a $40 per ton social cost

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  • Dirty secret: EPA & CDPHE coercion, not collaboration, led to CO methane rules

    Dirty secret: EPA & CDPHE coercion, not collaboration, led to CO methane rules0

    • March 6, 2017

    Just as President Trump and new Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt begin dialing back Obama-era regulations, Governor John Hickenlooper is erroneously trying to paint Colorado’s “model” methane rules as some sort of industry-environmental Kumbaya.   A week ago Sunday on Meet the Press the Democrat and possible 2020 presidential campaign contender told host

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  • Time for Colorado Energy Office to receive more than an audit

    Time for Colorado Energy Office to receive more than an audit0

    • January 31, 2017

    The Colorado Energy Office continues to show some irregularities in its spending and handling of tens of millions of dollars, according to a newly released performance audit. A 2011 Independence Institute investigation of the CEO, formerly the Governor’s Energy Office, sparked the call for a 2012 audit by the Office of the State Auditor that

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  • EPA employees plan resistance to Trump agency reform efforts

    EPA employees plan resistance to Trump agency reform efforts0

    • January 23, 2017

    Back in November, the Independence Institute previewed what opposition the incoming Trump administration would likely face if campaign pledges to reform and reduce the size and scope of federal agencies like the Environmental Protection Administration, concluding that in many cases, personnel is policy. Newly leaked reports and sources within the agency hint that the personnel

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  • Hickenlooper’s executive order on carbon pulled after loss of political cover

    Hickenlooper’s executive order on carbon pulled after loss of political cover0

    • January 23, 2017

    Earlier this month Governor John Hickenlooper quashed his own plans for issuing an executive order on carbon emissions for Colorado after nearly six months of speculation and pushback. The original draft plan, as we reported back in August 2016, would have directed “Colorado’s state agencies to implement policies to achieve a minimum 25 percent reduction

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