Thu October 30, 2014

Wyoming's Campaign And Classroom Balancing Act On Climate Change

Republican campaign signs cover a roadside shack near Alpine, Wyoming.
Leigh Paterson Inside Energy

As Election Day approaches, candidates are using the issue of climate change science in the classroom to mobilize their bases. This is especially true in Wyoming, because with just over half a million residents, elections are generally decided by just a handful of votes.

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Mon October 27, 2014

Colorado's Oil And Gas Industry Works To Add Some Sheen To Their Image

Anadarko's STIM Center consolidates the fracking operations of four well pads into one.
Dan Boyce Inside Energy

Many Colorado communities are still leery about the oil and gas drilling they see right outside their doors. In response, oil companies are working hard to polish their public image, both through messaging and improving their drilling techniques.

It is not as if public relations are anything new for oil and gas. Companies in energy states around the country have invested in the communities where they operate for decades. It is all part of their "social license to operate."

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Wed October 22, 2014

Colorado Ahead Of Neighbors In New Energy Efficiency Rankings

The ACEEE report ranked 50 states and the District of Columbia on their energy efficiency efforts.
American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy

In terms of energy efficiency, Colorado is doing better than its neighbors.

That's according to a new report out by the energy policy nonprofit American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. The annual report ranks the 50 states and the District of Columbia on their energy efficiency policies and efforts. Colorado ranks 13, with Massachusetts leading the pack and North Dakota coming in last.

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Fri October 17, 2014

Xcel Opens New Gas Pipeline To Ready For The Shift From Coal

The natural gas pipeline is the largest project completed by the company in 20 years. The line travels through parts of Adams and Weld counties, and through Brighton, Commerce City and Fort Lupton, Colo.
Credit Mark Stutz / Xcel Energy

Xcel Energy just cranked open a new, 34-mile-long natural gas pipeline.

The $110 million underground pipeline crosses under the South Platte River, nine canals and three major roadways as it makes its way from Fort Lupton in Weld County to Xcel’s Cherokee Power plant near Commerce City.

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Tue October 14, 2014
Ask About Energy

A Visual Guide To The Oil And Gas Trucks On Colorado's Roads

Vibroseis Trucks can be a common site in areas as companies try to locate energy deposits.
BLM Nevada Flickr - Creative Commons

Oil and gas development east of I-25 requires thousands of truck trips every day along Eastern Colorado's major and not-so-major thoroughfares. Some of these conveyances have an obvious appearance and connection to the boom. Think tanker trucks transporting oil away from the well pad. Others are strangely unusual, resembling a monster truck on steroids or a ride fit for a lunar colony.

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