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Mary Pettigrew

A heat wave wasn’t the only reason Xcel Energy locked customers out of their thermostats — their largest coal plant broke down

During a blazing heat wave ahead of Labor Day weekend, thousands of Xcel Energy customers lost control of their smart thermostats as Colorado’s largest utility company tried to reduce strain on the electricity grid. It’s now clear the unprecedented move was not only a response to the warm weather driving people to crank their AC …

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Letter to the Editor: Steve Whitaker: Community Choice Energy Option

Submitted to the Boulder Daily Camera September 10, 2022 In Boulder, the price of Xcel’s electricity is increasing and based on their requests for rate increases and plans for capital expenditures, the price will only continue to increase. Xcel is a for-profit, investor-owned, monopoly utility. Increasing rates increases profits. In general, the investors expect a …

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Guest Opinion: Boulder can lead way on community choice electricity

Link to the original article While no place is perfect, there are many reasons to be grateful to live in Boulder County — from the music and trails at Chautauqua to the fun and good food on Pearl Street. One of the things I’m most grateful for is the quality of our elected representatives. At …

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A Utah startup is making a ‘treasure map’ for geothermal energy

Carl Hoiland grew up in a rural Oregon, taking trips into the Sierra Mountains with his grandfather to prospect gold and uranium. In grad school, Hoiland studied geothermal energy, the complex science of converting heat sources buried within the earth into electricity. He quickly learned how little the field had advanced. Geothermal developers sometimes gets …

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