Kirk Siegler

Reporter

Kirk Siegler reports for NPR, based out of NPR West in California.

Siegler grew up near Missoula, MT, and received a B.A. in journalism from the University of Colorado.  He’s an avid skier and traveler in his spare time.

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4:45pm

Tue March 8, 2011
Business

FHA Chief Offers Encouragement to Colorado Realtors

Assistant Housing Secretary David Stevens addresses the Realtor Rally at the Colorado Convention Center.
Photo by Kirk Siegler

The chief of the Federal Housing Administration says he’s optimistic about the future of the housing market.  The FHA’s David Stevens even went so far as to say he’s “bullish” about the recovery while addressing a rally of Colorado realtors in Denver. 

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8:20am

Mon March 7, 2011
Environment

In Colorado's San Luis Valley, Solar Battle Intensifies

Solar experts say the high altitude San Luis Valley is one of the best spots for development in the world.
Photo by Kirk Siegler

As part of President Obama’s ambitious plan to have 80% of the country’s power come from renewable sources by 2035, the Administration wants to fast-track solar energy development across the Southwest.  Four of the Department’s “solar zones” is in southern Colorado’s San Luis Valley, a remote, mostly poor farming region where the Interior Secretary Ken Salazar is from.  But while some residents are eager for the development there, others are fighting to stop it.

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6:30am

Mon March 7, 2011

3:43pm

Fri March 4, 2011
Business

PUC Delays Action on Xcel Solar Rebate Flap

Photo courtesy of NREL

State utility regulators have denied a request by Colorado solar companies that seeks to force Xcel Energy to reinstate a popular solar rebate program that the utility abruptly halted last month.   The Public Utilities Commission Friday instead ordered both sides in the case to try and broker a settlement in the next week.

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3:06pm

Wed March 2, 2011
Business

Xcel Gets Earful from Solar Companies at Capitol Hearing

Before a panel of state lawmakers Wednesday, Xcel Energy defended its plan to dramatically cut subsidies that have made it easier for the utility’s customers to install solar panels on their roofs.  Colorado solar companies say the move has effectively frozen the market and they've filed a motion asking state utility regulators to reinstate the rebates.

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