Energy

6:28am

Thu August 28, 2014
Oil and Gas

3-0: Judge Strikes Lafayette's Voter-Approved Fracking Ban

Fracking pump trucks during a fracturing operation at a well pad site near Longmont, Colo.
Stephanie Paige Ogburn KUNC

A Boulder district court judge struck down a 2013 voter-approved fracking ban in Lafayette. The move follows similar court rulings against Longmont and Fort Collins, where voters passed bans or moratoriums restricting hydraulic fracturing.

The lawsuit was initiated by the Colorado Oil and Gas Association, which argued that a ban on fracking was effectively a ban on oil and gas development.

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5:00am

Wed August 27, 2014
Energy

Utilities Balk As Customers Embrace Rooftop Solar

Employees with Namaste Solar install mounting brackets for a new rooftop system in Boulder, Colo.
Dan Boyce Inside Energy

The cost of solar is falling rapidly – down 60 percent since 2011. These days, solar is not only good for the environment; it's becoming more of a smart financial move for households and communities.

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6:34am

Tue August 26, 2014
Energy

Could Solar-Microgrid Combos Guard Against Grid Threats?

In Del Norte, Colo., Public Works Supervisor Kevin Larimore shows off an array of solar panels that provide electricity for the town's water supply.
Dan Boyce Inside Energy

The small and sunny town of Del Norte, and most of southwestern Colorado’s San Luis Valley, is served by one major power line. It comes in the valley through stretches of the Rio Grande National Forest, where long periods of drought and spruce beetle infestations have led to significantly higher fire danger in the last 15 years.

Del Norte is the example of a community at risk, one that needs to find creative solutions to a possible electrical grid disaster.

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5:00am

Mon August 25, 2014
Energy

Solar For The 99 Percent

Volunteers Ken Weisbrod, right, and Abdourazak Yonis measure a roof for a Grid Alternatives solar installation.
Stephanie Paige Ogburn KUNC

In southwest Denver, just blocks off a stretch of West Evans Avenue liberally dotted with auto repair shops and paint stores, a ladder stretches up the side of a small, one-story tan house. Workers atop the roof wield tape measures and oil crayons, calling off numbers and making marks outlining a setup for solar panels.

The house belongs to Erika Caraveo, a short, soft-spoken woman who offers child care services as her main means of income. Normally, Caraveo couldn't afford the cost of a solar installation.

"I'm the only one paying the bills. I'm a single mom," she said.

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8:59am

Fri August 22, 2014
Energy

See The Burn: New Map Shows Flaring In Your State

A well site flares outside of Longmont, Colo., in Weld County, June 2014.
Jim Hill KUNC

Flaring – the practice of burning natural gas, often when it's produced as a byproduct of oil drilling – has come under scrutiny in recent years. In part this is because new oil plays are resulting in a lot of gas being flared off.

A new map released by the group SkyTruth uses U.S. satellite data to show flaring in the United States You can see flaring between March and August 2014, and zoom in and out to see flaring in specific locations.

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