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Xcel Energy will hike its gas rate for a third time this year in Colorado

Link to the original story Adding utility rate increases one on top of another is called “pancaking” and Wednesday Colorado regulators tossed another flapjack on the stack, granting Xcel Energy a $64.2 million increase in gas rates. The increase in the basic rate follows increases in gas rates for rising fuel prices this year and …

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Frustrated with their utilities, some Coloradans want the state to change its rules so communities can buy their own electricity

Link to the original story To lower utility bills and slow climate change, Colorado regulators are looking to a strategy that worked for California and other states but has lost some luster in recent years. The concept would allow Colorado counties, cities and towns to band together to buy electricity directly from wholesale suppliers, which …

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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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