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Weld County commissioners consider limiting solar energy’s access to farmland

President Barack Obama wth Vice President Joe Biden speaks with CEO of Namaste Solar Electric, Inc., Blake Jones, while looking at solar panels at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science in Denver, Colorado. Official White House Photo by Pete Souza via Flickr

In Weld County, not all energy production is created equal. If a proposed ordinance goes through, solar farms won’t enjoy the same access to agriculturally zoned land — which covers about 75 percent of the county — that oil and gas drilling and coal mining enjoy. The potential law requires all solar facilities sit on land zoned industrial, which is ...

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A state-by-state look at renewable energy requirements

Twenty-nine states and the District of Columbia have requirements that utilities get a certain amount of their electricity from renewable sources. Nine additional states have goals for renewable energy, while a dozen others have no targets. A state-by-state look at renewable energy policies. ALABAMA No renewable energy standard. ALASKA A bill passed in 2010 sets a goal, but not a ...

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Long-awaited repeal of export ban signed into law

Obama signs tax, spending bill; oil export ban repealed

President Barack Obama signed into law a $1.1 trillion government funding bill Friday afternoon, dodging a government shutdown and ending a 40-year-old crude oil export ban. U.S producers will now be able to sell crude to the international market. Republicans made lifting the export ban a top priority. They argued the ban was a relic of the Arab oil embargo ...

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Budget deal bill boosts oil exports, renewable energy

In this Sept. 5, 2015, photo, a pump jack pumps oil on a hill above Alexander, N.D, and the town's school. The U.S., seemingly awash in crude oil after an energy boom sent thousands of workers scurrying to the plains of Texas and North Dakota, will begin exporting oil for the first time since the 1973 oil embargo. (AP Photo/Martha Irvine)

WASHINGTON — Republicans are hailing the likely demise of a 40-year-old ban on crude oil exports, as well as spending limits imposed on the Environmental Protection Agency, a longtime GOP target. Democrats are cheering five-year extensions of tax credits for wind and solar energy producers and renewal of a land and water conservation fund that protects parks, public lands, historic ...

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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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Blowin’ in $100M winds

It’s official — Black Hills Energy can build a $100 million wind farm complex in Huerfano and Las Animas counties and Pueblo ratepayers won’t see much of that cost in their monthly rates for 10 years. The Colorado Public Utilities Commission gave final approval to the wind farm proposal Wednesday and a major reason was Black Hills already had reached ...

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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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