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Democrats say oil dispute holding up U.S. funding bill

WASHINGTON – Talks among congressional leaders on a $1.15 trillion bill to keep the U.S. government funded were being held up by a dispute over energy policy with Republicans seeking to end an oil export ban and Democrats saying any such action must be coupled with clean energy incentives, Democrats said on Tuesday. Republican leaders said an agreement being negotiated ...

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Key sticking points in UN climate change talks

PARIS — Some 180 countries have already presented plans to cut or rein in their climate-warming greenhouse gas emissions. That’s a huge step forward for the U.N. climate talks but a host of difficult issues remain to be resolved before a new climate agreement can be adopted in Paris. Here are some of the most important ones: THE FIREWALL The ...

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Black Hills advancing alternate energy plan

When Black Hills Energy acquires the Peak View Wind Project wind farm next year, the 60 megawatt power complex will mean the utility will be generating 18 percent of its power supply from various renewable sources. State law currently requires Black Hills and Xcel Energy, the state’s two investor-owned utilities, to generate 20 percent of their power from renewable sources ...

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Solar array gets the green light

ALAMOSA — Alamosa County commissioners gave their conditional approval Wednesday to what could be, if built to full capacity, the largest solar plant in the San Luis Valley. Chicago-based Invenergy wants to build a photovoltaic- solar plant with a capacity of as much as 75 megawatts and possible battery storage. Now the company will turn toward finding a buyer for ...

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Report: Clean energy sector’s job market booms

Unless you’ve succumb to the hermit lifestyle, you’re probably well aware of the mass shedding of jobs from oil and gas companies as global crude prices continue to sink. But where oil and gas jobs waver, clean energy jobs thrive, according to a report from Environmental Entrepreneurs, or E2– a self-described national nonpartisan business group. The group found that the ...

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Berkshire Hathaway shareholders sign petition supporting rooftop solar

More than 18,000 people have signed a petition asking Warren Buffett and NV Energy to ease what it calls their opposition to rooftop solar. The petition, released by ClimateTruth.org, includes more than 400 signatories who are investors in Buffett’s holding company, Berkshire Hathaway, which includes NV Energy. Lobbyists for Berkshire Hathaway have pushed to eliminate a credit or add new ...

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More solar coming to region

DENVER — Tri-State, the power provider for San Isabel Electric and other rural cooperatives, will partner on a 30-megawatt solar farm to be built about 20 miles north of Trinidad in Las Animas County, the company announced Tuesday A 30-megawatt farm can power 7,000 or more homes, based on industry estimates. It is Denver-based Tri-State’s first utility-scale solar project in ...

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New solar array has its day

The sun was shining on a gathering of business and government leaders Thursday as they turned over dirt east of the Comanche Generating Station and celebrated renewable energy’s bright future in Pueblo. Construction work on the massive, 120-megawatt Comanche Solar project already is underway but the event memorialized the start of a project that will bring the largest solar array ...

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