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2018 editions

May 10, 2018. Vol. 11, No. 3

Ed Mazria, global leader in green architecture, headlines May 18 symposium | Xcel Energy opens direct sales to customers for solar power | Legislature puts Colorado Energy Office on stable footing | Legislators approve home and utility-scale battery storage measures | Northwest Colorado COG Energy Program installs first solar array | EVENTS: Resource-wise plants and gardening | Glenwood Springs celebrates National Bike to Work Day May 18 | National Bike to Work Day kicks off 10th annual Bonedale Bike Week | In the News

April 3, 2018, Vol. 11, No. 2

Save the date: Building(s) for a Sustainable Future, May 18 | Seniors benefit from home energy improvements | Legislators call for 80 percent cut in emissions, seek climate resiliency | Volkswagen settlement brings $68 M to Colorado for EV, CNG vehicles and fueling | Colorado Energy Office launches statewide residential energy loan | Don’t waste heat. Recycle it into power
EVENTS: Webinar: Energy Recovery Hydropower, 4/19 | Waste Diversion Workshop, 4/24 | Battle on the Mesa 5K, fun run & bicycle hill climb, 4/28 | IN THE NEWS

February 16, 2018, Vol. 11, No. 1

Garfield Clean Energy wins statewide clean energy leadership award | Free workshops explain risks of radon, how to make homes safe | Built-in energy efficiency pays off for new Garfield County Administration Building | Glenwood Springs Electric resumes solar PV rebates | Legislators start early to redefine and fund Colorado Energy Office | Gov. Hickenlooper announces plan to support electric vehicles on state’s highways | Hotchkiss organic orchard taps Colorado C-PACE for renewable energy system | ACEEE’s Greener Cars 2018 ratings | Four tips to improve electric vehicle battery range in winter | EVENTS: Holy Cross Energy CEO Bryan Hannegan presents on utilities and the future / Climate Leadership Conference / AIA Chicago webinar: Lessons learned from Rocky Mountain Institute’s two net-zero energy offices | IN THE NEWS

2017 editions

December 4, 2017, Vol. 10, No. 8

Clean energy spurs economic development | Solar garden projects to bring 11 megawatts to Garfield, Mesa counties | New Castle wins approval to use excess solar energy at nearby facility | Solar stock tank group purchase ‘a huge success’ | Sneak peek at new Habitat ReStore reveals high-efficiency features | FREE Energy Contractor Training: Dec. 7, Carbondale | Free webinars offered on IECC, energy efficiency: Dec. 8-29Colorado Communities Symposium: Jan. 31 - Feb. 2, Aurora | Winter Walk & Bike Week: Feb. 5 - 9 | IN THE NEWS

October 30, 2017, Vol. 10, No. 7

Garfield’s governments track energy data to save money | Appreciation Day treats bikers, walkers, transit riders on Halloween | Oct. 31 is last day to buy passive solar livestock tanks at discount | Window upgrades boost home comfort by stopping drafts, heat loss | Holy Cross Energy approves solar arrays in Gypsum, Aspen areas | Garfield Clean Energy initiates ‘EmPower Your Congregation’ campaign | Swiss team wins U.S. DOE Solar Decathalon in Denver | Energy organizations partner to brighten Vail Valley Cares Thrifty Shop | In the news

September 29, 2017, Vol. 10, No. 6

Three downtown shops opt for LED upgrades to save energy | Free ‘Strategies for Lighting’ workshop features experts, showroom | Appreciation Days reward detour bikers, walkers, transit riders | Holy Cross offers passive solar livestock tanks at discount | International DOE Solar Decathalon open in Denver Oct. 5-15 | Garfield Clean Energy initiates ‘EmPower Your Congregation’ campaign | Solar Power World places Sunsense Solar in Colorado’s top 10 solar contractor list | Holy Cross Energy awards $300,000 in energy retrofits grants | Alternative fuels aid response to hurricanes

June 26, 2017, Vol. 10, No. 5

Test-ride your bike commute on Colorado Bike to Work Day June 28 | Electric vehicle buyers pleased with their new cars | Aspen installs its third electric vehicle fast charger | Register today for workshop on maximizing solar power in region | Wednesday webinars | State Legislature’s Joint Budget Committee declines to fund Colorado Energy Office | IN THE NEWS

May 5, 2017, Vol. 10, No. 4

Partners in Energy action plan sets new targets for efficiency, renewable energy in Garfield County | REV Up Your Ride heats up electric vehicle sales | Legislative Roundup - Reauthorization bill adds natural gas emphasis to Colorado Energy Office | Let's go! Ride Garfield County starts this week | Holy Cross offers $300,000 in grants for commercial energy retrofits| West Slope Solar Fair & Permaculture Expo | IN THE NEWS

April 5, 2017, Vol. 10, No. 3

2017 Energy Smart Contractor Expo | Three-county Electric Vehicle Sales EVent offers discounts on plug-in cars | Energy experts, elected officials urge action on innovative local energy projects | Proposed bill provides permanent funding for low-income energy assistance | Free weekly webinars offered on energy efficiency

February 28, 2017, Vol. 10, No. 2

‘Clean, Innovative Energy Sources’ explored at March 3 workshop | Electric Vehicle Sales EVent to roll out with March 15 press conference | Legislator attacks state’s alternative fuels tax credit | Eagle County adopts Climate Action Plan | C-PACE training for contractors March 9 & 10 | Save the date: 2017 Energy Smart Contractor Expo April 27 | Free weekly webinars offered on energy efficiency | U.S. scientists officially declare 2016 the hottest year on record

January 30, 2017, Vol. 10, No. 1

Program keeps 100+ families warm / EE = 1.9 M jobs

CARE warms up winter for 116 Garfield County households | Tri-county partners launch regional electric car purchase program | CEO grants for EV charge stations offered through Feb. 23 | Glenwood Springs Electric suspends solar PV rebates | Energy efficiency work supporting 1.9 million U.S. jobs | Garfield EAB presents talk by seismic expert Feb. 2 | Final Xcel Partners in Energy Workshop Feb 16 | C-PACE training for contractors, lenders March 10 | IN THE NEWS

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2016 editions

November 18, 2016, Vol. 9, No. 8

Garfield Co. opts in to CPACE / Clean energy progress /
New CNG transit van

Remember CLEER on Colorado Gives Day | Garfield County opts into statewide C-PACE | FWHA includes I-70 in western Colorado in national “Alternative Fuels Corridor” | Countywide biking campaign places 9th in National Bike Challenge | Carbondale offers residents half-price smart thermostats | RFTA dedicates new CNG van for Carbondale Circulator route | Bicycling, walking, hiking deliver $3B in savings, $1.6B in activity to Colorado economy | DOE report shows cost reductions and rapid deployment of clean energy technologies | Final Xcel Energy Partners in Energy Stakeholder Workshop, Nov. 29 | Final Workshop for Carbondale Climate Action Plan, Dec. 5

September 23, 2016, Vol. 9, No. 7

Electric vehicles in Glenwood, Aspen / CARE reaches 35 families /
Ride Garfield County

Glenwood Springs, Aspen interest sparked by electric vehicle events | CARE delivers home energy savings, comfort to 35 families | Ride Garfield maintains 9th place in National Bike Challenge rankings | Proof Is Possible tiny house tour stops in Carbondale | State’s first commercial PACE project receives financing | Carbondale to update Climate Action Plan | Partners In Energy stakeholders to set goals for countywide plan | Facility managers compare notes on energy efficiency successes

August 9, 2016, Vol. 9, No. 6

Partners in Energy / 40,000 miles of biking / C-PACE in Eagle County

Garfield Clean Energy and Xcel Energy to collaborate as “Partners In Energy” | Kuhn, Currier top Ride Garfield County individual standings | Eagle first western Colorado county to adopt C-PACE | Facilities Manager Roundtable set for Sept. 14 | Holy Cross and Xcel offer summer incentive programs | Hands-on volunteers needed this week to build solar farm in Gypsum | Note to contractors: Be sure to recycle fluorescent bulbs | DOE to bring mobile home codes up to current IECC standards

June 29, 2016, Vol. 9, No. 5

C-PACE Workshop / Bike to Work / Cool Condo

Commercial PACE Financing Workshop set for this Thursday | Colorado Bike to Work Day inspires hundreds of riders | Ride Garfield County sets new goal of 50,000 miles by Sept. 30 | Condo goes from sweltering to sunny and cool | Four smart steps to a cool home | State agencies seek your opinion on biking and walking | Community solar array installed in Delta | Good vibrations: No heat needed for ultrasonic clothes dryer | DOE charts progress on SunShot Initiative goals | DOE announces single-pane window efficiency projects | Pitkin County eyes Rifle solar array | The Temperature Spiral has an update

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

Bike to Work Day / Solar for Subaru / Ride Garfield rankings

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 | In the news | Special CLEER news: Sophia Metcalf

April 29, 2016, Vol. 9, No. 3

Landlord's lighting initiative / Let's go Ride Garfield / Sign up for CARE

Landlord’s lighting initiative enhances work environment in office buildings | Let’s go! Ride Garfield County starts Sunday | CARE offers free home energy upgrades for income-qualified families | Rifle-area fleets invited to CNG luncheon meeting | CLEER internships a path to success | Legislators address costs of carbon emissions, Clean Power Plan | State rolls out website devoted to electric vehicles | Colorado Energy Office receives $1.1 million USDA agriculture award | ACEEE report: “Energy burden” up to 3x higher for low-income households | It’s time to turn off roof and gutter heat tape | In the news

March 31, 2016, Vol. 9, No. 2

RIDE Garfield County / Kudos for Contractor Expo

RIDE Garfield 2016 to roll for five months | Energy Smart Contractor Expo draws 170 for workshops, product expo | Legislators address Clean Power Plan, transit, alternative fuels, radon and rain barrels | Infrastructure construction groups submit 10 titles for 2016 ballot consideration | DOE to hold 2017 Solar Decathlon in Denver

March 4, 2016, Vol. 9, No. 1

Contractor Expo / Mobility / Melting Glaciers / Solar, Solar, Solar

2016 Energy Smart Contractor Expo | CLEER’s Mobility Forum envisions region’s transportation future | Filmmaker draws full house for “Chasing Ice” | RFHS students celebrate solar array, ‘net-zero’ achievement | CARE offers home energy upgrades for income-qualified families, seniors | SWEEP releases new report on electric utilities ‘embracing electric vehicles’ | Solar news roundup | In the news

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2015 editions

December 17, 2015, Vol. 8, No. 9

How to Afford a Tesla / Carbon Pricing in Carbondale /
Clean Energy Innovations

Carbondale proposing a price on carbon | Regional forum to explore transportation solutions |Breaking even on a $75,000 Tesla | Home Energy Program keeping Carbondale families warm | Solar array powering Battlement Mesa Metro District water plant | Colorado launches statewide lending program for commercial properties | Facility managers tour RMI's Innovation Center in Basalt | Forecasts for this winter’s El Niño posted in webcast, Climate Dashboard | DOE’s 2016 Fuel Economy Guide highlights efficient vehicles

November 5, 2015, Vol. 8, No. 8

New Financing Option / 240 Families - 7 Counties / CNG Station Opening

Garfield may opt in to statewide efficiency financing program | 240 families in mountain region will get energy-saving home upgrades in 2016 | Grand opening Nov. 6 for Glenwood Springs CNG fueling station | The Traveler launches 2 CNG vans for seniors | Garfield Clean Energy hosts roundtable for wastewater plant operators | Charge Ahead seeking electric vehicle charge station grant applications | Glenwood Electric offers 20% bonus rebates | Heat pumps make cooling, heating, hot water affordable | In the news

September 29, 2015, Vol. 8, No. 7

94 Families / Solar at School / EVs in Rifle / CNG Stations

94 Rifle families will be warmer in winter | Roaring Fork High School soon to be solar-powered | Rifle hosts first-ever electric vehicle ride and drive | Trillium CNG building fueling station in Glenwood Springs | Rifle, Gunnison CNG stations win ALT Fuels Colorado grants | 2015 rebates for Glenwood Springs Electric customers | Colorado Energy Office launches Home Energy Score at Realtors convention | DOE awards $6.5 million to advance low-impact hydropower | In the news

September 15, 2015, Vol. 8, No. 6

Rifle EV Test Drive / Free Solar Workshop / Battlement's 440 kW of solar

Garfield Clean Energy hosts first-ever EV Ride & Drive in Rifle | “Control Your Energy Costs with Solar” workshops | Battlement Mesa Metro District solar array | EIA: U.S. electricity from renewables to grow 1.8% in 2015 | In the news

June 4, 2015, Vol. 8, No. 5

Efficiency for families, seniors / Ride Garfield County / Energy Center Open House

Home energy visits making life better for families, seniors | Ride Garfield County rolls out week of bike and bus riding | CLEER, CORE and Energy Smart Colorado host open house at new Energy Resource Center | Clean Energy Collective opens 1.8 mW Sunny Side solar array | Free trainings on International Energy Conservation Code | FridgeWize blade named top product of the year by Environmental Leader | In the news

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April 22, 2015, Vol. 8, No. 4

Mapping Solar Power / Earth Day / Expo Features Energy Commerce

Map shows solar power in Garfield County | Garfield Clean Energy celebrates ‘David Sturges Earth Day’ today | Energy Smart Contractor Expo ‘most successful so far’ | Regional Roundtable envisions widespread clean energy programs | Energy Coach Hot Tip: Keep cool with EC motors | Senate kills two schools clean energy bills | Xcel Energy offers 20% bonus rebate for lighting upgrades | Fast charging for electric vehicles can be a new revenue stream | Eagle Alternative Fuels Seminar & Expo | Study predicts warmer Aspen, declining snowpack | Solar Rollers Student Team Sends Email Back from the Future

March 19, 2015, Vol. 8, No. 3

Contractor Expo / Regional Roundtable / Museum goes all-LED

2015 Energy Smart Contractor Expo | Regional Roundtable for Energy Efficiency and Economic Development | LED fixtures put Rifle Creek Museum in a new light | Sen. Bennet enlists mortgage lenders, business tenants in saving energy | Legislators propose tax credits for energy efficiency upgrades | State House kills two of three bills that undermine renewable energy | In the news

February 27, 2015, Vol. 8, No. 2

Refuel drives across Colorado / Home Energy draws ‘phenomenal’ response

Refuel Colorado Fleets to drive alternative fuels statewide | ‘Phenomenal’ response to Home Energy Program | Real estate brokers, lenders learn about mortgage booster for energy efficiency | Energy Smart Contractor Expo 2015 | Energy Coach Hot Tip: LED light bulbs | State’s electric vehicle study forecasts 937,000 EVs by 2030 | NW COG’s Steve Getz named to BPI standards committee

February 3, 2015, Vol. 8, No. 1

Silt's solar win / Garfield Clean Energy's major results for 2014

Silt water plant scores a solar win | Garfield Clean Energy drives big results in 2014 | Free home energy upgrades offered for qualified families, seniors | Realtors to learn value of energy efficiency in home sales | Legislators attempt to roll back renewable energy standards | Johannes Loschnigg: The Politics of Climate Change in Washington, D.C. | Register for CSU Colorado Energy Master courses | EnergySmart Colorado Expo | In the news

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2014 editions

December 19, 2014, Vol. 7, No. 12

Energy Stewardship / House Fire / Electric Police Car

Churches use energy efficiency to be good stewards | Free home energy upgrades offered for low-income families, seniors | Repairs after house fire cut energy bills in half | Energy Coach Matt Shmigelsky's Hot Tip: Light up the night | Carbondale Police driving hybrid electric Ford Fusion; Eagle County opens EV charging station | CDOT’s “Bustang” weekday bus service set to roll in spring 2015 | Attention educators: New DOE videos explain how energy works | In the news

Dec. 5, 2014, Vol. 7, No. 11

1 Megawatt / Thanksgiving power-down / Heat Tape Timers

Construction starts on 1 megawatt of solar in Garfield Co. | Carbondale to direct 20% of mineral funds to energy efficiency | Edwards school powers down for Thanksgiving | Energy Coach Maisa Metcalf’s Hot Tip for December: Heat Tape Timer | CLEER staffers earn Building Analyst certification | Metcalf, Navigator and EV Rally featured in CMC Annual Review | In the news
Invest in CLEER on Colorado Gives Day

Oct. 30, 2014, Vol. 7, No. 10

EV Rally / Colorado climbs to 13th / Green real estate

EV Rally of the Rockies proves electric cars can go the distance | Gov. Hickenlooper attends Amatis Controls ribbon-cutting | Colorado moves to 13th in efficiency ranking of states | GRID Alternatives installs solar on second local home | Realtors partner with CEO, CLEER for Green MLS training | Bonus rebate offered to Glenwood Springs businesses | Energy upgrades keep winter’s chill outside | Energy Coach Maisa Metcalf’s Hot Tips: Do-it-yourself winter energy upgrades | The Energy Center is in the works | Green Drinks, Nov. 5 in Carbondale

Sept. 25, 2014, Vol. 7, No. 8

Electric car rally / Banishing the dragon / Solar-powered library

EV Rally of the Rockies shows off electric car muscle | Climate Control banishes ‘fire-breathing dragon’ | Colorado awards grant for Glenwood Springs CNG station | Partnership puts solar atop another library | Energy Coach Shelley Kaup's Hot Tip for September | The Energy Center is in the works | Facility Manager Roundtable - Oct. 1 | Do 5 Things to Save Energy - Oct. 4 | An Evening with John Perlin - Oct. 6

Aug. 22, 2014, Vol. 7, No. 7

Cool Off - Green Loans - Tapping Geothermal for Hot Water

Bigger impact with a smaller footprint | Homeowners find relief from heat with evaporative coolers | US Bank offers ‘green’ loans for commercial equipment | Battlement Mesa family employs geothermal heat for domestic hot water | Roaring Fork High School array will meet 100% of school's energy needs | Money revolving through Garfield Clean Energy’s residential loan fund | Xcel Energy offers 30% bonus lighting rebate - limited time offer | Energy Coach Matt’s Hot Tip for August: Heat pump water heater | Garfield Clean Energy Facility Manager Roundtable 10/1 | Electric Vehicle Rally of the Rockies 10/3 | Do 5 Things to Save Energy 10/4

July 29, 2014, Vol. 7, No. 6

Parachute's EV flower power | $60 million for EV, CNG | Liquor store saves big

Colorado offers $60 million in incentives for electric, CNG vehicles and fueling | Parachute’s solar flowers power electric vehicle charging | Double efficiency upgrades yield 42% electrical savings for Roaring Fork Liquors | Carbondale businesses can get $8,000 for energy efficiency projects | DOE announces new furnace fan efficiency standard | Events | In the news

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