During the last four months of 2015, a Boulder led coalition of Denver metro local governments promoted sales of both solar and electric vehicles. 147 solar systems were purchased. The participating Nissan dealership sold 248 LEAFs, 5% of the sales throughout all of North America during this period. (This inspired Fort Collins and Salt Lake City to conduct their own EV programs.) The Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP) and the Colorado Energy Office have released a handbook and case study so that other cities and counties can use this program as a model for solar & EV group purchase programs.
Over the past 30 years, temperatures have risen around 1.5 degrees fahernheit on the slopes of Colorado’s La Plata Mountains. Though it is difficult to speak authoritaivley, University of Washington’s graduate student Leander Anderegg believes the forests will probably change during the net generation. They will definietly change during ourlifetime. His key question is, can we protect our forests as the climate changes?
By 2016, twenty percent of the energy Xcel Energy is feeding into Colorado’s grid will have to come from renewables. The state’s Public Utilities Commission ruled that up to 20 MW per year of this can come fromindustrial facilities that convert waste heat to power. The new renewable is recycled energy technologies.
The ECOreport looks at a poll that found 76% of Coloradans Support Net Metering
By Roy L Hales
A telephone poll, carried out between August 21-24, found that 76% of Coloradans Support Net Metering. 73% were opposed to the state’s largest utility, XCEL Energy, cutting the amount of credit it provides for customers who feed electricity into the grid. Yet according to Gabriel Romero, a media relations specialist from XCEL Energy, “The only thing regarding rooftop solar that’s on the table right now is a discussion about how to classify net metering.”
The ECOreport looks at a SWEEP report, Nevada Utility Leads the Way on Electric Vehicles
By Roy L Hales
Nevada’s principal utility, NV Energy, was growing its residential electricity sales at a rate of about 5% a year until 2007. Mike Salisbury isn’t sure what caused that to change, though the most likely cause is a combination of slow economic growth, efficiency programs (which resulted in less need for electricity) and the introduction of rooftop solar. Salisbury believes that electric vehicles (EVs) offer NV Energy a way to smooth out seasonal differences and increase revenues during slack hours. He is a Transportation Analyst at the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP) and the author of a report that shows how a Nevada utility leads the way on Electric Vehicles.