Energy

What comes to mind when you think about milk? Like it or loathe it, you probably associate it with cereal, Oreos and milk mustaches. One thing you probably don't think about? Energy.

It turns out, it takes a lot of energy to make a gallon of milk. Recently, a few Colorado dairymen have been working to lighten their milk's energy load.

Hive Paonia
Laura Palmisano

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."

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.

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."

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

Oct 10, 2014
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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

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.

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.

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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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.

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
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.

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

Major Layoffs at Oxbow Coal Mine

Oct 16, 2013
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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.

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
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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Headlines:

  • Bill Would Fund More Oil & Gas Inspectors
  • Grand Junction Gas Explosion Causes Injuries, Evacuations
  • Parachute Hydrocarbon Leak Continues
  • Death Penalty On Table At Legislature
  • DOE Favors Uranium Leasing Continuation
  • Delta County Honors Local Veteran

Sal Pace is running for a seat in Congress in Colorado's Third Congressional District. He's currently a Democratic representative in the Colorado State House, based in Pueblo. KVNF's Ariana Brocious sat down with Pace on a recent tour through the district, to talk about his campaign platform and key issues.

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