December 2018 | Vol. 11, No. 5
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Many thanks to the generous donors who participated in Colorado Gives Day to support CLEER and its clean energy mission.
Clean Energy Corridor Roundtable: Lovins explores ‘Disruptive Energy’
Leaders from utilities, governments and nonprofits will gather on Dec. 13 in Carbondale for presentations and a roundtable discussion for advancing a regional Clean Energy Corridor covering Garfield, Eagle and Pitkin counties.
Amory Lovins, chief scientist at Rocky Mountain Institute, will launch the discussion with a look at “disruptive energy futures,” and innovative means for the region to reach 100 percent renewable energy.
Electric vehicle campaign shows buyer demand, growth in public charging
Electric vehicle buyers purchased 38 electric vehicles through the 2018 Electric Vehicle Sales Event, with an upward trend for all-electric vehicles and growth in public EV charging stations.
The EV Sales Event was a 90-day campaign aimed at vehicle buyers in Garfield, Eagle and Pitkin counties, running Aug. 1 to Oct. 31. It repeated a similar campaign held in 2017.
Six participating auto dealerships offered special discounts, and the campaign partners hosted four “ride and drive” events in September, when more than 100 people took new electric vehicles out for a test drive.
Parachute senior housing array is first of six new community solar gardens
A 100-kilowatt community solar array built to benefit the residents of the 12-unit Valley Senior Housing in Parachute is expected to be turned on this week, according to Jon Sullivan, vice president of Pivot Energy.
It’s the first of six community solar arrays being developed by partners Pivot Energy and Standard Solar in western Garfield and Mesa counties for customers of Xcel Energy. Together, the six arrays will produce 10.3 megawatts of electricity, offsetting greenhouse gases equivalent to nearly 3,000 passenger cars driven for one year, according to Standard Solar.
CLEER staff update
At the close of 2018, CLEER bids goodbye to one staff member and welcomes three new energy experts to the team.
Energy Consultant Shelley Kaup is departing to devote more time to her service on Glenwood Springs City Council. New staffers Katharine Rushton, Pete Waller and Phil Meadowcroft will expand CLEER’s technical capacity for energy efficiency and renewable energy.
In the photo at left, Waller and Kaup enjoy ski touring above Ashcroft on a hut trip with their spouses and friends.
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RECENT CLIMATE & ENERGY NEWS
Xcel Energy aims for zero-carbon electricity by 2050
Xcel Energy announced on Dec. 4 a clean energy vision to deliver 100 percent carbon-free electricity to customers by 2050. The utility also announced plans to reduce carbon emissions 80 percent by 2030, from 2005 levels, in the eight states it serves, including Colorado.
Colorado Air Quality Control Commission adopts low-emission Clean Car Rules
Colorado’s new clean car rules, adopted Nov. 16 by the Air Quality Control Commission, will reduce air pollution and improve public health, said Matt Frommer of the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP). Colorado will adopt California’s low-emission vehicle standards for passenger cars and medium-duty vehicles.
After voter approval for RFTA’s property tax, here’s what to expect
Aspen Times, Nov. 9, 2018
Trail users can expect improved and new routes, bus riders will get expanded service and pedestrians can look forward to safer passage now that voters have approved a property tax for the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority.
Reduced electric demand has halved carbon emissions in power sector
American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy, Nov. 2, 2018
A recent blog post from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) shows energy efficiency is a vital climate solution. Half of the carbon emission reductions in the electric power sector since 2005 have come from stopping growth in demand and to consumer energy efficiency.
Tiny bits of plastic permeate our world
High Country News, Sept. 10, 2018
Adventure Scientists is interested in microplastics, pieces smaller than 5 millimeters in diameter. Some have broken down from larger items like disintegrating tires, toys or plastic bags. Others are shed from synthetic clothing, or come from personal hygiene products with exfoliating “microbeads.”