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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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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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Guest opinion: Gerald Braun: Community choice electricity is a better way to meet 21st century challenges

Link to the original article Colorado communities may soon be empowered to chart their own energy and climate futures. Thanks to the pioneering work of Boulder’s State Representative Edie Hooton and the passage of Colorado HB21-1269, the Colorado Public Utilities Commission is conducting an investigation to determine if the Colorado legislature should authorize Colorado cities …

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