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  • Xcel paying power producers to take excess electricity?

    Xcel paying power producers to take excess electricity?0

    • May 2, 2017
    I've documented that Xcel Energy has excess electricity generation capacity. I just didn't realize how much. According to a source close to an electricity wholesaler and generator, "Right now they can buy power cheaper than they can make it.  A week or two ago Excel [sic] was paying us $18 a MW to buy power fromREAD MORE
  • The absurdity of Demand Side Management and social engineering electricity use

    The absurdity of Demand Side Management and social engineering electricity use0

    • April 27, 2017
    “For every dollar spent, consumers save $1.77,” say supporters of so-called Demand Side Management (DSM) programs. Want to really save ratepayers money? How about not incentivizing utility monopolies to spend the dollar in the first place and just let ratepayers save 77 cents or more through lower electric rates? Here is the gist of DSM:READ MORE
  • Are Industrial Wind Farms Harmful?

    Are Industrial Wind Farms Harmful?0

    • April 19, 2017

    Two issues surround whether industrial wind is the healthy alternative energy source some claim it to be. Both issues involve noise created from the constant turning of industrial blades: there is an obvious audible sound and a more subtle infrasound. These sound issues, audible sound and infrasound, are known to cause sleep disturbances and other

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  • Lack of Sound Impact Study Brings NextEra’s Zoning Permit Into Question

    Lack of Sound Impact Study Brings NextEra’s Zoning Permit Into Question0

    • April 17, 2017

    By Kohl Watson with contributor Amy Cooke Is the Golden-View Wind Farm in Calhan, Colorado out of compliance with state law and county requirements? Since the industrial blades began spinning in 2015, residents have made 23 calls regarding noise levels from the industrial wind farm. Despite the numerous calls, which the El Paso County Sheriff’s

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  • Energy Policy Center testimony on HB17-11160

    • March 31, 2017

    Mr. Chairman, members of the committee thank you for the opportunity to testify today. My name is Michael Sandoval. I am the senior energy policy analyst for the Independence Institute, a state-based, free market think tank, headquartered in Denver. The Independence Institute is opposed to HB17-1116 not in intent, but in process. We do think

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  • Three bad House bills gives Senate GOP opportunity to stand up for ratepayers

    Three bad House bills gives Senate GOP opportunity to stand up for ratepayers0

    • March 29, 2017

    For the better part of a decade, Colorado energy policy has been a textbook case of state government selected winners and losers. Ratepayers and working families, at the mercy of Democrat controlled legislature and executive branch, have held the losing hand. While special interest environmental left groups such as Conservation Colorado, the Sierra Club, WildEarth

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