With very little time left in the current legislative session, a Colorado senator from the state’s second largest city has introduced legislation that would force rural Coloradans to purchase an excessive amount of their electric power from expensive renewable resources. If enacted, these new regulations would hit rural households, farms, ranches, small businesses and entire communities with billions of dollars in increased electricity costs.
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By Rich Wilson
Spring heralds planting season for my family. My wife has a knack for coaxing seeds to life. I enjoy our garden and I’ve tried to help out, but sadly I didn’t inherit a green thumb. Her rows of vegetables stand tall and proud; plants subject to my ministrations struggle to make it through the summer.
Colorado’s economy hit a rough patch, but we got through it. And now we’re moving forward again. But our economy can’t afford to take any more hits.
While the Colorado legislative session marked is half-way point last week, we aren’t quite ready to breathe a sigh of relief. We know that there are groups with extreme agendas who may still want to place expensive mandates on customers in rural Colorado.
New research out of the University of Colorado and University of Denver is using nighttime satellite images of the earth to estimate the magnitude of poverty. Researchers have created an index based on the correlation between the amount of electric light that’s visible at night in a particular region and its population.
By Keven J. Groenewold
Consumers are adding more plugged-in devices daily, and are paying more for their convenience. The average annual residential electric bill has soared $263 since 2005, with electricity use outpacing efficiency efforts. Despite the rescent recession, U.S. homes on average used an additional 50 kilowatt-hours (kWh) every month between 2009 and 2010; retail electricity sales rose 4.4 percent.