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May 18, 2016, Vol. 9, No. 4

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Glenwood Springs celebrates
National Bike to Work Day May 20

Free breakfast for bike riders at Library Plaza

National Bike to Work Day

Heather McGregor
Clean Energy Economy News

Bicycle riders of all ages can celebrate National Bike to Work Day on Friday, May 20, with a free breakfast at the Glenwood Springs Branch Library.

“Whether you are riding to work, to school, recreation or for your morning errands, stop by for free breakfast burritos, coffee and orange juice, and to meet other riders,” said Librarian Sue Schnitzer, manager of the Glenwood Springs Branch Library.

The Library, the City of Glenwood Springs and Ride Garfield County, a Garfield Clean Energy project, and CLEER are hosting National Bike to Work Day.

7 to 10 a.m. Friday, May 20
Glenwood Springs Branch Library Plaza, 815 Cooper Ave.

In addition to free breakfast, riders can learn about the WeCycle Glenwood Springs community bike-share initiative and see a real bike-share bicycle.

Riders can also see the Library’s Bicycle Bookmobile, the Grand Avenue Bridge model and get a free chair massage from Midland Fitness.

Riders who haven’t yet signed up for the Ride Garfield County Team Challenge can get registered at the event and start logging their miles. The Team Challenge started May 1 and runs through Sept. 30.

Riders can compete individually and in teams by logging their miles for bicycling and for riding RFTA buses and carpooling. To get started sooner, visit .

“We’re competing locally through the team challenge, as well as nationally with communities across the country,” said Karen Wahrmund, event organizer for Garfield Clean Energy and CLEER.

“Bike to Work Day is a great way to get in gear for summer bike riding,” said Dave Betley, assistant public works director for the City of Glenwood Springs. “Getting around by bicycle is good for your health and for the environment. And in Glenwood Springs, using a bicycle can help ease traffic congestion during the Grand Avenue Bridge replacement project.”

Glenwood Springs will host a second Bike to Work Day on Wednesday, June 22, to celebrate Colorado Bike to Work Day.

Glenwood Springs National Bike to Work Day is sponsored by Garfield Clean Energy, Glenwood Springs Branch Library, City of Glenwood Springs, CLEER, Colorado Department of Transportation, Glenwood Springs Post Independent, LiveWell Garfield County, Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association, Treadz, Sunlight Ski and Bike Shop, Factory Outdoor, Midland Fitness and the Colorado River District.

Sponsors are welcome to help with local events and prizes for Ride Garfield County. Contact CLEER at (970) 704-9200 or to learn more.

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Ride Garfield County tallies 4,456 miles in first 16 days

‘Advocacy Challenge’ competition
places Ride Garfield riders in 12th place nationally

The Ride Garfield Team Challenge is off to a strong start, hitting 12th place in nationwide standings in the National Bike Challenge.

Ride Garfield County

The local and national challenges run from May 1 to Sept. 30, and all outdoor cycling miles logged by registered riders count. Riders compete as individuals, as teams, and all riders in the Ride Garfield County challenge add together to compete nationally.

As of May 16 Ride Garfield County has 179 registered riders. Of these, 58 have logged a total of 4,456 miles miles since May 1.

John Currier of Glenwood Springs, riding for the Colorado River District team, is in first place locally with 623 miles, followed by Mary Wiener and Ken Keister, also of Glenwood Springs, and Darin Binion and Julie Albrecht of Carbondale.

“Our goal for the entire challenge is to involve 400 riders and to log 10,000 miles,” said event organizer Karen Wahrmund of CLEER. “We are likely going to blow by our mileage goal by early June.”

The challenge is being tracked on the National Bike Challenge website, where thousands of riders and hundreds of teams across the country are logging their bike-riding miles.

For the national rankings, the site calculates miles ridden by all riders registered for an “advocacy challenge,” such as Ride Garfield County, along with the countywide population, to set a points score. In this ranking, Ride Garfield is in 12th place nationally.

“We will need more riders logging more miles to maintain our national standings,” Wahrmund said. “We encourage all bicycle riders of all ages to get registered right away.”

Most local riders are affiliated with one of the 14 teams. As of May 16, the top five teams for mileage are:

Team Kiwanis Family & Friends, 13 riders, 2,224 miles
Holy Cross Riders, 16 riders, 1,917 miles
SGM, 29 riders, 1,832 miles
Colorado Mountain College, 10 riders, 1,313 miles
Colorado River District, 15 riders, 1,240 miles

Other registered teams are Nirad and Re Pedaling Partners (two riders clocking 767 miles so far!), Garfield County with Friends and Family, Post Independent Fair and Balanced Riders, Old Slow Guys and a Spunky Girl, Tandem2Some, Energy Resource Center, Garfield County Libraries, Third Street Center and the U.S. Forest Service Aspen-Sopris Ranger District.

Click here to learn more about the Ride Garfield County Team Challenge. Get registered and riding today!

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Rooftop solar array at Glenwood Springs Subaru

Carroll Winkler, left general manager of Glenwood Springs Subaru, and Steve Nilsson, right, co-owner, show off the solar array installed on the roof of the auto dealership at 175 Storm King Road in Glenwood Springs. The array was installed in November 2015. A celebratory party is set for 5-7 p.m. on Friday, May 13.
Photo by Kelley Cox

Solar power at work for Glenwood Subaru

Rooftop solar array is largest in Glenwood Springs

Heather McGregor
Clean Energy Economy News

On Friday the 13th, Glenwood Springs Subaru hosted a “solar reveal” party to celebrate the new solar energy system helping to power the auto dealership.

There was just one hitch. The solar panels, capable of generating 96 kilowatts, are tucked neatly out of sight on the roof of the building, and can’t be seen from ground level. Although the solar panels are hidden from view, the electricity they produce cut the dealership’s monthly electricity bill by 44 percent.

And it’s the largest solar electric system to date within the Glenwood Springs Electric service territory, according to Doug Hazzard, superintendent of Glenwood Springs Electric.

That was worth celebrating, said Carroll Winkler, Glenwood Springs Subaru general manager.

Installed in November 2015, the solar project is the latest in a series of clean energy upgrades for Subaru and its sister dealership, Glenwood Springs Ford, said Steve Nilsson, co-owner of the two dealerships.

For each project, free energy coaching provided by CLEER, through its work for Glenwood Springs Electric and Garfield Clean Energy, helped guide Nilsson in making smart choices about projects.

Earlier in 2015, the Subaru dealership’s upgrade to dimmable LED parking lot lights helped reduce total electrical demand, giving the solar panels a chance to offset a greater percentage of total electrical use.

The upgrades at Subaru were inspired by a series of lighting upgrades at Glenwood Springs Ford in 2012, 2014 and 2016. Upgrades to LEDs in the Ford dealership’s parking lot, service shop, parts department and showroom have cut electrical use by 20 to 25 percent, said Nilsson.

Electric bills for the dealership have continued to rise because of rate increases, he noted.

“We are still dollars ahead,” Nilsson said. “Had we not moved to consuming less, we’d be spending a lot more.”

Lighting upgrade at Glenwood Springs Ford

Technician Levi Leger works on a vehicle in the service department at Glenwood Springs Ford. New LED light fixtures deliver a bright, natural light while using much less energy than the old fluorescent tube lights that they replaced.
Photo by Kelley Cox

The combined investment in LED lighting for energy efficiency and solar panels for renewable energy made sense in two more significant ways: improved lighting quality and reduced maintenance.

As businesses all over Garfield County are experiencing with LED upgrades, the energy efficient bulbs deliver high quality light.

“It’s a brighter, softer and more natural light,” Nilsson said. Through the upgrades, fewer and smaller ceiling fixtures are delivering more even lighting that gets into the dark corners.

“We had so many blind spots,” said Misti Myers, who works the sales counter for the Ford parts department. “We had to turn on all the lights to see anything.”

She explained that the electrical contractor, Green-Tech Electrical, installed an additional circuit and switch for an upstairs storage area that allows those lights to be turned off. The new LED fixtures fully light the ground level parts area, and Myers doesn’t need the upstairs lighting except when she goes upstairs.

“The LEDs perform so much better,” she said. “There’s no flickering like the old fluorescents. We used to get headaches, and there’s nothing like that now.”

The other significant benefit is reduced maintenance.

“These LED bulbs will last 10, 15, even 20 years,” said Nilsson. “The old metal halides we had outside in the parking lot had to be replaced every year. Since we went to LEDs in 2012, we haven’t replaced one.”

Replacing bulbs was an expense and a hassle throughout the dealership, between getting up to the high ceilings and the disruption to work. That’s no longer a concern.

“We’re a brighter organization,” Nilsson said.

The company also upgraded the Ford dealership’s heating and cooling system during a major remodel in 2013, after getting a commercial energy assessment from SGM.

Prior to the remodel, the building had nine condensers on the roof for cooling, Nilsson said, and several rooftop units for heating. Now, one highly efficient rooftop unit controls heating and cooling, and the building temperature stays consistent and comfortable.

“It was bad,” Myers said of the old heating and cooling system. “In the winter, we’d sit in here wearing our jackets.”

Nilsson said creating a more comfortable work environment makes his staff more productive.

Economics of the upgrades

Nilsson and his partner, Jeff Carlson, invested significant sums in these projects, which are offset in part by rebates and, for the solar system, federal tax credits and accelerated depreciation.

The solar power system at Glenwood Springs Subaru, installed by Prospect Electric of Rifle, was the biggest investment. The $236,000 project was offset by $13,000 in rebates from Glenwood Springs Electric and CORE, and it’s expected to deliver more than $12,000 per year in cost savings.

Glenwood Springs Electric offers rebates through its Sustainability Program to encourage energy efficiency and reduce electric demand. This helps the municipal utility’s budget and helps the city reach its climate and energy goals.

Moreover, Glenwood Springs Subaru can take advantage of the 30 percent federal tax credit and an accelerated depreciation schedule. With the rebates, utility cost savings and tax benefits, the system will pay for itself in less than 13 years – and will continue to deliver electricity for many years after.

“What makes these arrays possible is the tax credits and the depreciation,” Nilsson said. “Without that, it takes too long to pay back. Until renewable energy projects get to a point where they make sense financially standing alone, there has to be a partnership between government and private entities.”

Subaru is the third local auto dealer to employ solar, along with Berthod Motors and Mountain Chevrolet.

For the lighting projects at Glenwood Springs Ford and Subaru from 2012 to 2016, the company invested $72,000. About 24 percent of that was offset by rebates from Glenwood Springs Electric and CORE. Electrical savings are estimated to be about $13,500 per year.

With the rebates and avoided utility costs, the lighting upgrades will pay for themselves in four years.

“We did see an economic benefit for these projects, once we crunched the numbers. There’s been a benefit to our staff and customers with improved lighting, and in the end, it’s good for the environment,” Nilsson said.

“We know what we do has an impact on the environment,” he said. “If we can offset those impacts in other ways, then it’s our responsibility to do that.”

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Buying a home presents opportunities for efficiency

Sell Smart - Buy Smart - Energy Smart! offers incentive
to use Home Energy Score for home purchases

Heather McGregor and Shelley Kaup
Clean Energy Economy News

Buying a home that is energy efficient can deliver long-term savings in utility and maintenance costs, but it is not always easy to learn about a home’s efficiency during the purchase process.

A new tool called the Home Energy Score ranks a home’s energy efficiency to help buyers understand the home’s advantages or shortcomings. The score, on a simple 1-to-10 scale, informs buyers about energy efficiency upgrades in place, and lists measures still needed to make the home more efficient.

Buyers seeking this information are in good company. A 2015 survey by the National Association of Home Builders found that 85 percent of buyers consider a home’s energy efficiency and its ongoing operating costs as key factors influencing their purchase decision.

Homes that are well-insulated and air-sealed, with high-efficiency heating, cooling and hot water systems, LED lighting, ENERGY STAR appliances, and efficient windows and doors are more appealing because they are more comfortable and less costly to operate.

For a limited time, Garfield Clean Energy’s Sell Smart - Buy Smart - Energy Smart! Program, managed by CLEER, is offering a rebate of $150 for homes on the market in Garfield County to help pay for a home energy assessment that includes a Home Energy Score.

If the home energy assessment is conducted prior to closing on the sale, buyers can qualify for the Colorado Energy Saving Mortgage Incentive. The incentive provides up to $3,000 to buy down the cost of energy efficiency upgrades done within 120 days after the closing. Funds are limited, so please contact Garfield Clean Energy or the Colorado Energy Office for program details and availability.

Funding for the home energy assessment and the Energy Saving Mortgage Incentive comes from the Colorado Energy Office.

Other rebates and mortgage incentives, such as the FHA Energy Efficient Mortgage and the Fannie Mae Home Style Energy loan, also are available to home buyers who want to invest in the improved energy efficiency of their new home.

These benefits all start with the Home Energy Score, developed by the U.S. Department of Energy to quantify the energy efficiency of a home similar to a vehicle's miles-per-gallon rating.

The score is a nationwide tool that is calibrated geographically, so a home score of 5 equals the amount of energy used by an average home in the local area.

A score of 6 to 10 means the home uses less energy than the average home in the area, while a score of 1 to 4 means the home is using more energy than average and could benefit from energy efficiency upgrades.

Garfield Clean Energy provides free energy consulting for home buyers to make smart decisions about energy upgrades, evaluate contractor bids and make the most of rebates and incentives.

And the Garfield Clean Energy website features a new set of pages for the Sell Smart - Buy Smart - Energy Smart! program, with information for buyers, sellers, real estate professionals and lenders.

Home buyers looking for more information about energy efficiency can learn more at or by calling CLEER at (970) 704-9200.

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Solar Rollers at Denver Museum of Nature and Science

Solar Rollers hold demonstration competition
at Denver Museum of Nature and Science

Roaring Fork High School wins overall competition
during cloudy-day solar car racing

Solar Rollers hosted a full day of high school solar car racing at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science on May 14. Student teams have worked for months to design, build and test their custom solar-powered remote control cars, which are about the size of a doormat and can travel at more than 30 mph.

Some competitions were run without energy storage, using only the real-time power of sunlight hitting the team’s hand-built solar array. On race day, skies were overcast and teams had limited access to direct sunlight.

The overall win went to Roaring Fork High School of Carbondale and their meticulously prepared solar car. Second place overall was won by the all-girls team from Battle Mountain High School. Third place went to Summit County High School.

Each team had access to the same amount of sunlight, so the teams and their cars needed to manage energy effectively.

A Solar Roller race car is a complete energy system with sophisticated solar electric, lithium storage and brushless motor technologies. The Solar Rollers program teaches hands-on electrical and mechanical engineering, photovoltaics, energy storage and energy efficiency.

Trophies were awarded by Gail Schwartz, former Colorado state senator. Tesla Motors displayed a Model X electric vehicle and the Colorado Renewable Energy Society, Clean Energy Collective and Iron Edison Batteries hosted educational tables. CBS 4 news covered the event with this 2-minute news story.


Solar Rollers program sponsors are the Aspen Skiing Co. Environment Foundation, Aspen Thrift Shop, Community Office for Resource Efficiency, SunPower Foundation, TenCate and Castle Creation.

Solar Rollers will be back at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science for the Mini Maker Faire on June 11 and 12 to enroll Front Range high school teams for next year’s program.

Watch the 4 ½ minute video on the Solar Rollers program

In the news

Glenwood Springs Post Independent, May 12, 2016
Solar Rollers takes show to the big city on Saturday

A homegrown renewable energy education program based in Carbondale is taking its solar-powered student showcase to play what should be its biggest audience ever this weekend.

The traditional end-of-school-year Solar Rollers competition, which has been held at different venues in the Roaring Fork Valley for the past three years, will be taking place Saturday at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.

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Legislative Roundup

Legislators enact eight positive clean energy bills

At the close of the state legislative session May 11, legislators had approved eight bills favorable to clean energy, including three bills benefitting alternative fuels, a bill improving the state’s C-PACE financing program for commercial properties, and a bill creating a statewide radon education program.

The divided Legislature, with Democrats controlling the House and Republicans running the Senate, rejected another seven bills that would have advanced clean energy in Colorado, and killed four unfavorable bills.

The radon bill, House Bill 1141, adds a new staff position to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to manage a statewide program aimed at educating homeowners and renters, builders and real estate sales professionals about the dangers of radon gas. The bill also budgets $160,000 per year to pay for radon mitigation work at up to 150 households, and $30,000 per year to distribute free radon test kits to households statewide.

Favorable clean energy bills that were rejected by legislators included House Bill 1004 requiring the state’s Climate Action Plan to include specific, measurable goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and HB 1441 requiring the Public Utilities Commission to consider the costs of greenhouse gas emissions from electric power generation in utility resource planning.

The Senate Local Government Committee killed a proposal by state Sen. Kerry Donovan, D-Vail, for a five-year program that would have assisted rural communities dealing with workforce transitions, including layoffs in the energy industry. The Senate committee amended the bill on Feb. 9, but then declined in a 3-4 party-line vote to send it on for a Senate floor vote.

An index of bills is also posted on the Garfield Clean Energy website’s Legislative page.

Passed bills

Clean Energy Financing

Senate Bill 171 modifies and clarifies the rules governing the New Energy Improvement District, which manages the state’s C-PACE commercial energy efficiency lending program. The bill passed the Senate April 1 and passed the House April 25.

Alternative Transportation Fuels

House Bill 1053 calls on the Division of Oil and Public Safety to develop rules governing the retail sales of hydrogen fuel. Passed the Legislature and signed by Gov. Hickenlooper on March 9.

House Bill 1298 includes a provision that increases the maximum legal gross weight limit for heavy duty alternative fuel vehicles, such as electric, CNG and propane, traveling on interstate and state highways by up to 2,000 pounds. Passed the Legislature and signed by Gov. Hickenlooper on May 4.

House Bill 1332 is an effort to further simplify the system for awarding state tax credits for purchases of alternative fuel vehicles, including CNG and electric vehicles. The bill passed the House April 25, passed the Senate May 4 and is awaiting the governor’s signature.

Radon Mitigation

House Bill 1141 directs the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to develop a statewide radon education program for residents, real estate professionals and builders, along with a program to assist low-income households with radon mitigation measures. The bill passed the House March 8, passed the Senate April 6 and was signed into law by Gov. Hickenlooper April 21.

Energy Utilities

Senate Bill 55 Clarifies rules for rural electric co-op board elections. Passed the Legislature and signed by Gov. Hickenlooper on March 23.

House Bill 1457 Exempts residential use of electricity, coal, wood, fuel oil or natural gas from sales and use taxes, and clarifies that the exemption applies to residences billed under individual meters and multi-family dwellings billed through a master utility meter. The bill, introduced with broad bi-partisan support, passed the House April 29, passed the Senate May 4, and awaits the governor’s signature.

Water Conservation

House Bill 1005 is a second-year attempt to legalize residential use of rain barrels for outdoor watering. The bill passed the House March 4, passed the Senate April 1 and is awaiting the governor’s signature.

Killed bills

Renewable Energy

Senate Bill 7 would have created an incentive for utilities to use biomass to generate electricity. The bill passed the Senate Feb. 24, but was killed by the House Transportation and Energy Committee on March 9.

House Bill 1207 would have required the Public Employees Retirement Association (PERA) to invest 1 percent of its funds in renewable energy companies. Killed by House Finance Committee on Feb. 24.

Colorado Climate Action Plan

House Bill 1004 would have required the state’s Climate Action Plan to include specific, measurable goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and increased the state’s adaptability to climate change. The bill passed the House Feb. 9, but was killed by the Senate Agriculture, Natural Resources and Energy Committee on March 30.

Colorado’s response to the Federal Clean Power Plan

Senate Bill 46 would have required the Colorado Air Quality Control Commission to seek a two-year extension for its work on a state response to the federal Clean Power Plan. It would also have required the Legislature’s approval before the plan was submitted to the federal government. Killed by the Senate Agriculture, Natural Resources and Energy Committee on March 17.

Senate Bill 157, introduced March 15 by the SB 46 sponsors, called on the state government to suspend its work on the state Climate Action Plan until the U.S. Supreme Court lifts its stay on the federal Clean Power Plan. The bill passed the Senate March 29, but was killed by the House Transportation and Energy Committee on April 27.

Transit and Transportation Policy

House Bill 1067 would have extended the time limit for any of the state’s five regional transportation authorities, including RFTA, to seek voter approval to impose a property tax mill levy. The authority expires in 2019; the bill would have extended the deadline to 2029. The bill passed the House Feb. 18, but was killed by the Senate Transportation Committee March 8.

Senate Bill 11 would have barred CDOT’s use of state FASTER funds for transit projects, such as the popular Bustang service. The bill passed the Senate Feb. 3, but was killed by House Transportation and Energy Committee Feb. 17.

House Bill 1304 called on CDOT to host community conversations this year on transportation priorities in each of its planning regions, seeking public input on transportation priorities and the preferred means for funding them. The bill passed the House April 25, but was killed by the Senate State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee May 4.

Energy Utilities

Senate Bill 61 would have required the Public Utilities Commission to create a “ratepayer protection program” so any increased costs to electric utilities resulting from complying with new federal carbon emission standards would not be passed along to customers. The bill proposed shifting those costs to the state’s Stationary Sources Control Fund. The bill passed the Senate April 6, but was killed by the House Transportation and Energy Committee April 27.

House Bill 1441 would have required the Public Utilities Commission to consider the costs of greenhouse gas emissions from electric power generation when considering a utility's proposal for resource planning. It directed the PUC to consider the likelihood of future regulations governing greenhouse gas emissions, and to weigh the present and future costs of emissions based on national and regional carbon markets. The bill passed the House May 4, but was killed by the Senate State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee May 5.

Economic Development

Senate Bill 81 would have created a $2 million program for the Department of Local Affairs to assist rural communities that experience plant closures or industry-wide layoffs. Seeing no forward action during the session, the bill was killed April 29 in the Senate Appropriations Committee.

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State Policy Opportunity Tracker

Evaluating state clean energy policy opportunities
now easier with SPOT

State Policy Opportunity Tracker a benchmarked database
of state clean energy policies

The Center for the New Energy Economy at Colorado State University and The Nature Conservancy have released the State Policy Opportunity Tracker (SPOT) for Clean Energy at

The SPOT for Clean Energy is a publicly available database that allows the user to quickly review the status of 38 clean energy policies across all 50 states. It includes policies in the areas of renewable energy, energy efficiency, financing, infrastructure and transportation.

The SPOT for Clean Energy is not a scorecard. Instead, it benchmarks clean energy policies, enabling the user to analyze both the status quo for a state and where there may be opportunities for growth in the future on clean energy. It draws from data sources of 18 organizations, including the Department of Energy, the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE) and the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE).

The site also provides analysis describing key components of each policy, as well as the origin of the data used to assess state gaps. Most importantly, all the information available on the site is free, requires no login, and is fully downloadable.

Bill Ritter Jr., Director of the Center for the New Energy Economy and the 41st Governor of Colorado, notes that "when we look at where clean energy policy has advanced, overwhelmingly states have led the way. We believe that trend will continue. This site enables state policy makers to analyze their current state policies, and how they can go further, in a way that has not previously existed."

"The Nature Conservancy has programs in all 50 states, and has always believed that successful state and federal policy starts with good information," says Lynn Scarlett, TNC's Managing Director of Public Policy and former Deputy Secretary of the Interior. "Business and community leaders are eager to transition to a clean energy economy, and the information available through SPOT helps identify the policy gaps that must be filled to get us there."

The Center for the New Energy Economy (CNEE) is a privately-funded initiative led by Ritter at CSU and is assisted by a team of energy and environmental policy experts. CNEE provides strategy and technical assistance to governor's offices, legislators, regulators, utility companies and stakeholders that will facilitate America's transition to a clean energy economy.

The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people.  To date, the Conservancy and its more than one million members have been responsible for the protection of more than 119 million acres of land and thousands of rivers worldwide.

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State agencies release annual climate report

CDOT one of seven agencies involved,
to host workshops linking climate and transportation planning

State Climate Change annual report

On May 9, Colorado state government agencies presented their annual report to the Legislature on work done on the previous year to deal with and plan for climate change.

The report cites Gov. Hickenlooper’s Colorado Climate Plan, released in September 2015, and ties together efforts by seven state agencies to address climate change in their planning, public outreach and regulatory framework.

For example, the Colorado Department of Transportation will hold a workshop on July 14, Climate Change Adaptation in the Planning Process, for state, regional and local planning agencies. CDOT is working to include climate adaptation into its next Statewide Transportation Plan.

CDOT is also planning a series of regional stakeholder meetings, “Together We Go,” recognizing the importance of climate preparedness in transportation planning and infrastructure improvements.

To download the 2016 “Climate Change Efforts in Colorado” report, as well as reports from 2015 and 2014, visit the Colorado Legislative Council’s webpage.

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In this issue

Glenwood Springs celebrates National Bike to Work Day on Friday

Ride Garfield County tallies 4,456 cycling miles in first 16 days

Solar power at work for Glenwood Subaru

Buying a home presents opportunities for energy efficiency

Solar Rollers hold demonstration competition at Denver Museum of Nature and Science

Legislators enact eight positive clean energy bills in 2016 session

Evaluating state clean energy policy opportunities now easier with SPOT

State agencies release annual climate report


Rifle-area fleets invited to CNG luncheon meeting

Save the Date: Proof Is Possible tiny home tour



** Special CLEER news **

Announcing the arrival of Sophia Metcalf


Submit your news and events to
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Special CLEER news

Maisa, Sophia and Gavin

Announcing the arrival
of Sophia Marie Metcalf

CLEER Energy Consultant Maisa Metcalf and her husband, Gavin Metcalf, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Sophia Marie Metcalf.

Sophia was born May 9 at Valley View Hospital, weighing in at 6 lbs 10 oz and measuring 19.5 inches. The family is relaxing and enjoying time with grandparents and friends at their home in Glenwood Springs.

Sophia Metcalf


EV charger at new Garfield County Administration Building in Rifle

CLEER's Matt Shmigelsky visited the new Garfield County Administration Building in Rifle this week, and found a dual-plug electric vehicle charge post right outside the front door. He used the charger for his Nissan Leaf.


Rifle-area fleets invited to CNG luncheon meeting

Owners and managers of vehicle fleets based in the Rifle area are invited to a luncheon meeting to learn about the advantages of compressed natural gas (CNG) for trucks of all sizes.

Sparq Natural Gas of Oklahoma City is planning to install a CNG fueling island at the Gilco Petroleum Park, 23899 Highway 6 in Rifle, this fall. The pumps will deliver a CNG fast fill at a competitive price, said Sparq CEO Norman Herrera.

The CNG presentation and luncheon for fleet owners and managers is set for
11 a.m. on Wednesday, June 8
, at La Quinta Inn & Suites, 600 Wapiti Court in Rifle. A site visit to the Gilco Petroleum Park will follow.

Register now

Proof Is Possible tour

Save the Date:
Proof Is Possible
tiny home tour to stop
in Carbondale Sept. 12

Grace and Corbett Lunsford and their high performance tiny house on wheels will stop in Carbondale on Sept. 12, offering tours of the tiny house and workshops for homeowners, builders and contractors. The couple is on a nine-month tour of the country, taking their message of diagnostic-based home energy efficiency to 25 cities.

In Carbondale, their visit is sponsored by About Saving Heat, a company that provides home energy assessments, insulation, air sealing and energy-efficient cooling solutions from offices in Carbondale, Silverthorne and Denver.

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EIA emissions chart

EIA Today in Energy, May 13, 2016

Carbon dioxide emissions from electricity generation in 2015 were lowest since 1993

Carbon dioxide emissions from electricity generation totaled 1,925 million metric tons in 2015, the lowest since 1993 and 21 percent below the 2005 level. A shift in the electricity generation mix, with generation from natural gas and renewables displacing coal-fired power, drove the reductions in emissions.

Total carbon dioxide emissions from the electric power sector declined even as demand for electricity remained relatively flat over the previous decade.

Read more


Denver Business Journal, May 13, 2016
Xcel to build $1 billion wind-power project, Colorado's biggest

Xcel Energy Inc. on Friday filed a plan with state regulators to build, own and operate its $1 billion Rush Creek Wind Project, which includes a 600-megawatt wind farm and 90-mile transmission line in eastern Colorado.

As proposed, the Rush Creek wind farm would be Colorado’s biggest wind farm.


Casper Star-Tribune, April 26, 2016
Groundbreaking planned for Wyoming carbon-conversion lab

Wyoming state government is teaming up with energy companies to build a laboratory to test new technologies to make profitable use of carbon dioxide emissions from coal-fired power plants.


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