Energy

ECONOMY
6:00 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Forum Explores The Future Of The North Fork Valley

The Hive Paonia and the Paonia Chamber of Commerce hosted a forum exploring the economy of the North Fork Valley.
Credit Laura Palmisano / KVNF

About 100 people attended a forum on the North Fork Valley's economy and what can be done to improve it. 

Thirteen people ranging from the president of a coal mine to the head of the Paonia Chamber of Commerce spoke at the forum held at the Hive Paonia. 

"We have our farms," says Alexis Halbert, president of the chamber. "We have our hunting resources. We have are restaurants, wineries, [and] people who are creating things out of the natural assets of the valley."

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ENVIRONMENT
4:38 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

What You Need To Know About The Keystone XL Oil Pipeline

Pipes for TransCanada's planned Keystone XL pipeline are stored in Gascoyne, N.D. The U.S. House has voted to approve the proposed project, which would allow crude oil to flow from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico. The Senate plans to vote Tuesday on legislation that would greenlight the project.
Andrew Cullen Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Tue November 18, 2014 5:36 pm

Update at 7:35 p.m. ET: The Senate voted against completing the Keystone pipeline.

The remaining portion of the Keystone pipeline project, if completed, will be fewer than 1,200 miles long — just a fraction of the existing 2.6 million miles of oil and gas pipelines running beneath our feet in the United States.

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ENVIRONMENT
3:22 pm
Sun November 9, 2014

Low Gas Prices Haven't Slowed Domestic Drilling — Yet

Lower oil prices, while good for the economy, are a threat to what has been a dramatic surge in oil production in the U.S.
David Goldman AP

Originally published on Mon November 10, 2014 1:22 pm

It's lunchtime in Douglas, Wyo., a town smack in the middle of the state's booming oil patch, and the line of cars at the McDonald's drive-through wraps around the building. A hiring poster hangs in the window, and the parking lot is full.

Troy Hilbish, a tool hand for the oil field servicing company Schlumberger, says while he didn't know oil prices have been falling, he does know what falling prices mean.

"If the oil prices go up, we drill more," Hilbish says. "If they go down, we don't drill as much."

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ENVIRONMENT
11:48 am
Fri October 10, 2014

U.S. Energy Boom Spurs Massive Demand For New Pipelines

Originally published on Thu October 9, 2014 4:28 pm

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ENVIRONMENT
12:12 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

Scientist Amory Lovins Talks Energy

Physicist and environmental scientist Amory Lovins has worked in the field of energy policy for over 40 years. He speaks with  KVNF's  Jake Ryan about the changing energy landscape around the world.

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ENVIRONMENT
4:18 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Solar Advocates Fight Utilities Over Grid Access

Vera Cole is president of the Mid-Atlantic Renewable Energy Association, a group arguing against proposed rules in Pennsylvania that would put stricter limits on how much grid-connected solar power homeowners can produce on their property.
Jeff Brady NPR

Originally published on Mon October 6, 2014 11:46 am

The solar power business is growing quickly in the U.S. More than 500,000 homeowners and businesses installed solar panels in just the first half of this year, according to a Solar Energy Industries Association report.

When people get electricity from the sun, they don't buy it from their local power company. But that utility still must have the generators and power lines to provide electricity when the sun is not shining. That's creating conflicts across the country.

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NEWS
2:16 am
Wed September 17, 2014

When The Power's Out, Solar Panels May Not Keep The Lights On

In Del Norte, Colo., Public Works Supervisor Kevin Larimore shows off solar panels that provide electricity for the town's water supply. Despite generating its own solar energy, the town is still at risk of a blackout if its main power line goes down.
Dan Boyce Inside Energy

Originally published on Wed September 17, 2014 5:50 pm

The cost of solar panels is falling rapidly in the United States. And as the panels become more affordable, they're popping up on rooftops around the country.

Meanwhile, the U.S. is trying to find better ways to back up its power system against blackouts. And while it may seem counterintuitive, more solar power does not mean fewer blackouts — at least not yet.

The tiny town of Del Norte, in southwestern Colorado, is a perfect example. Despite being covered in solar panels, Del Norte is still at risk of losing power if its main power line goes down.

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NEWS
12:52 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

"Uranium Drive-In" Tells Story of Struggling But Hopeful West End

The proposed uranium mill would be located in Colorado's Paradox Valley in western Montrose county, but as for now Energy Fuels has no plans to move forward with the project.
Credit San Juan Huts Day 5 via Flickr (CC BY-SA)

Residents from Montrose County’s West End recently gathered for a screening of “Uranium Drive-In,” a documentary that tells the story of the ill-fated Piñon Ridge Uranium Mill, and a tight-knit community desperate for jobs and some hint of a brighter economy.

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NEWS
9:17 am
Thu January 2, 2014

KVNF Regional Newscast: Thursday, January 2, 2013

Headlines

  • Denver Post Hires Marijuana Editor, Launches Pot Website
  • Boulder District Attorney Discusses Future of Industry
  • DMEA Customers to See Rate Increase This Year, San Miguel Power Association Rates to Hold Steady
NEWS
10:18 am
Fri December 6, 2013

Connecting the Drops: Hydropower on the Colorado River

The Shoshone hydroelectric powerplant holds the largest historic water right on the Colorado River.
Credit Maeve Conran

A complex series of agreements govern the distribution of water throughout the state.  Along the Colorado River, farms, cities & towns, and the recreation industry are all big players.  But everyone takes a backseat to a tiny hydroelectric plant that’s over one hundred years old.  It’s the Shoshone Generating Station, and it plays a critical role on the Upper Colorado.

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NEWS
12:51 pm
Sun November 24, 2013

Post-Election, Oil And Gas Industry Steps Up Outreach

Governor Hickenlooper explains a new rule he's proposing to reduce methane emissions from oil and gas drilling. Two of the companies behind the effort, Anadarko and Noble Energy have recently created a public education outreach organization on fracking.
Bente Birkeland RMCR

Colorado’s Energy industry is continuing to make the case that hydraulic fracturing is safe and a critical part of the state’s economy.

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NEWS
10:49 am
Wed October 16, 2013

Major Layoffs at Oxbow Coal Mine

Elk Creek Mine in Somerset, Colorado
Credit Elise Thatcher/Aspen Public Radio

Two weeks ago, the coal mine near Paonia owned by billionaire Bill Koch laid off more than half of its employees. The Koch owned Oxbow Mining company hopes to expand operations again in the future and rehire some of the workers.  In the meantime the layoffs are creating hardships for a number of communities.

“It’s very sad time around the mine, you know to lose your income and lose your job is real traumatic, so it’s very painful decision for us," says Mike Ludlow, the Executive Vice President of Oxbow’s mining operations.

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NEWS
8:40 am
Wed October 9, 2013

KVNF Regional Newscast: Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Headlines

  • Colorado Wind Industry Expected to Grow
  • Baca County Farmer Harvests First Hemp Crop in 56 Years
  • Government Shutdown Not Affecting Mines Yet
  • Thompson Divide Drilling Talks Suggest Deal is in the Works
  • iSeeChange - Journaling with the Hardings
NEWS
11:38 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Industry, Critics Gear Up for Post-Flood Fracking Fight

Dottie Rawsky and other members of Our Broomfield man an informational booth.
Credit Bente Birkeland/RMCR

In November, voters in several Front Range communities will consider whether to ban or delay fracking. Many of these same areas are also recovering from September's devastating flooding.

There's renewed attention on the fight over fracking thanks to Colorado's flooding. Recent figures show that 12 spills have polluted the South Platte with 37,000 gallons of oil.

Both sides of the debate were out in full force during a recent community festival for the city of Broomfield. Voters there will decide whether to pass a five-year fracking moratorium.

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Local Newscast
8:40 am
Thu July 4, 2013

KVNF Local Newscast: Thursday, July 04, 2013

Headlines:

  • Randy Udall Found in Wyoming, Deceased
  • Body Discovered Tuesday at Colorado National Monument Ruled a Homicide
  • 38 Drought-stricken Colorado Counties Declared Drought Disaster
  • Gov Appoints Panel to Help Implement State’s New Renewable Energy Law
  • State Recall Elections Good to Go
  • What’s Cherry Days Without a Carnival
Local Newscast
8:43 am
Tue May 28, 2013

KVNF Local Newscast: Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Headlines:

  • State Supreme Court Rules for State in Lobato Lawsuit
  • Western Slope Mines must Clean-Up
  • Oxbow Mine Still Dealing with Spontaneous Combustion
  • San Diego Meeting To Focus on Colorado River Shortages
  • Plans for a Waste-to-Energy Facility in Ilium Valley
  • Colorado Moose Increasing as Herds Decline Elsewhere
Local Newscast
8:44 am
Mon May 27, 2013

KVNF Local Newscast: Monday, May 27, 2013

Headlines:

  • City of Montrose installs solar energy system at wastewater treatment plant
  • Deadly Glenwood Canyon construction zone to end June 3
  • Parachute Creek tests benzene-free
  • Delta County Commissioners to announce decision on Powell Mesa hen-laying operation at hearing on Tuesday
  • Evelyn Horn on the state of birds
Local Newscast
8:40 am
Fri May 3, 2013

KVNF Local Newscast: Friday, May 03, 2013

Headlines:

  • Renewable Energy bills for rural electrical associations awaits governor’s signature
  • Small plane crash-lands on Highway 50 in North Delta
  • Williams cited for leak by state
  • NASA and CU invite you to send your name to Mars (find web link below)
  • Migratory Bird Day is May 11 (find web link below)
  • Legislature to end on a High Note
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Local Newscast
8:56 am
Wed April 24, 2013

KVNF Local Newscast: Wednesday, April 24, 2013.

Headlines:

  • Energy companies to pay $1 million in antitrust and false claim action
  • Former Uranium workers may get more compensation for radiation exposure
  • DOE extends comment time for new uranium mines in Mesa, Montrose and San Miguel counties
  • Visit the Uranium Leasing Program Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement Information Center at ulpeis.anl.gov.
  • Driving While Stoned Bill is Toast
  • Civil unions event planned in Denver on May 1
  • Commentary: Attack on Rights, Concerns about drones
Local Newscast
9:05 am
Wed April 10, 2013

KVNF Local Newscast: Wednesday, April 10, 2013.

Headlines:

  • Grand Mesa Fire Destroys Lodge
  • Black Canyon Hiker Falls To His Death
  • Bills Would Revamp State Oil and Gas Commission
  • Legislators Want to Mandate Renewables Increase for Rural Electric
  • BLM Favors Energy Development Companies in Thompson Divide
  • Parachute Leak Went Farther, Started Earlier Than Previously Reported
  • Tea Party, Part II. Utah Legislator Brings Freedom Rally To Colorado

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