Solar energy industry leaders convening for an annual conference in Loveland are bestowing praise for former Colorado Governor Bill Ritter’s efforts to boost clean energy in Colorado. The Boulder-based Colorado Solar Energy Industry Association gave Ritter its annual President’s Award at a luncheon Thursday.
Clean energy businesses are continuing to boom in states like Colorado despite the tough economic climate due in part to federal stimulus money that the industry says has helped add jobs and spur interest in renewable energy development. But subsidies for clean energy continue to lag behind other traditional energy sources like coal and gas.
A Telluride-based environmental group wants a judge to revoke a state permit giving the initial go ahead for the construction of a uranium mill in remote southwestern Colorado.
State public health and environment regulators have defended their issuing of a radioactive materials license to the Canadian firm Energy Fuels Inc. which wants to build what would be the country’s first uranium mill in some 25 years. They say the permit has a number of conditions attached to it aimed at protecting the environment.
Colorado ranks near the bottom nationally for higher education funding. And colleges and universities are bracing for yet another round of deep budget cuts. It’s thought that most could see anywhere from a 15-20% cut later this spring, as federal stimulus money that had staved off layoffs and further tuition increases runs out.
At his latest economic development meeting today in Denver, Governor John Hickenlooper said his administration is committed to keeping Colorado a business-friendly state. And it's likely that push may begin with an attempt to overhaul the state's corporate tax code.
The governor met with ten CEOs of major companies in private this morning, ahead of today's latest regional economic summit at the University of Denver.