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  • Want open space? Don’t go wind or solar!0

    • August 2, 2013

    By Robert Applegate Amid the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s (NREL) latest report1 on the land requirements of solar power generation, others are taking a look at what is really required to power homes using solar and wind and comparing that to another carbon free source, nuclear power generation. A nuclear power plant, the biggest reactors

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  • The Great Solar Rip-Off: By the Numbers0

    • April 23, 2013

    According to Xcel Energy’s regulatory filings, the utility spent $275 million in ratepayer subsidies for customer-sited solar panel systems from 2008-2012.* That breaks down to: $196 Cost of these solar subsidies for each of Xcel Energy’s 1.4 million Colorado customers. .7% Percentage of Xcel Energy customers (approximately 9,200) that benefit from lower electricity rates by

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  • Must reads to celebrate Earth Day0

    • April 22, 2013

    Predictions from the first Earth Day in 1969, “Environmentalists’ Wild Predictions,” by Walter Williams: At the first Earth Day celebration, in 1969, environmentalist Nigel Calder warned, “The threat of a new ice age must now stand alongside nuclear war as a likely source of wholesale death and misery for mankind.” C.C. Wallen of the World

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  • Hypocrisy of SB 2520

    • April 8, 2013

    Sponsors excluded from cost of own bill: Two of the main State Senate sponsors, Senate president John Morse (D-Colorado Springs) and Senator Gail Schwartz (D-Aspen) conveniently carved their own districts out of the bill. Because municipally owned utilities are excluded from the bill, Morse won’t have to pay the cost of his own legislation.  While

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  • A high tab: NREL’s $135 million toast0

    • March 14, 2013

    I didn’t make up this. The Denver Post lede paragraph in a story about the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is almost laughable: Hooking a toaster oven to a solar panel is not an easy thing, but the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s new $135 million integrated energy facility will able do just that. While it

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  • A high tab: NREL's $135 million toast0

    • March 14, 2013

    I didn’t make up this. The Denver Post lede paragraph in a story about the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is almost laughable: Hooking a toaster oven to a solar panel is not an easy thing, but the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s new $135 million integrated energy facility will able do just that. While it

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