Throughout its various incarnations in Colorado since the mid-'70s, Marilyn Megenity's Mercury Cafe has been a model for clean energy. Since the Mercury settled into a permanent home at 2199 California two decades ago, Megenity has installed 36 solar panels on the building and also worked to change ... More >>
On April 26, eight University of Colorado Denver mechanical engineering seniors won first place in the hydrogen fuel cell category at the Shell Eco-marathon Americas competition in Houston, after designing and building a vehicle -- named Archetype -- that could go 1254 miles per gallon powered just ... More >>
As we point out (as if we needed to) in our Year in Review issue on stands now, 2012 was a weird, wild year for Colorado. And we would know: We've covered it online and in 52 print issues throughout the past twelve months. Choosing the images to embody the news on our front cover is often as tough a ... More >>
After several negative headlines around solar energy locally -- including the bankruptcy of Abound Solar and news of major delays on a planned Aurora solar plant -- Colorado has some good news to share about renewable energy. Denver officials announced yesterday that the city is the first to be reco ... More >>
In Colorado, a state that will play an important role in today's presidential election, Barack Obama has battled negative press regarding Abound Solar, a Loveland solar-panel company that went bankrupt this summer despite federal support. It's become a talking point against the president, but Federi ... More >>
In March, when news broke about layoffs at Abound Solar, a Colorado business with government support, the chief financial officer told us he was aware his company could be used as a political football in the presidential race. In June, Abound went bankrupt and has recently been the source of more ne ... More >>
Candidates for Congress fielded questions for hours this morning at a forum in Thorton where six politicians debated the economy and job creation, taxes, energy policy and unsurprisingly, health care -- launching a jam-packed week of political events in Colorado.
In this week's feature, "Sun Burn," we explore the progress of Golden's National Renewable Energy Lab, which for decades has been researching alternative energy. A central part of the lab's current expansion is the construction of the massive Energy Systems Integration Facility, which will be comple ... More >>
In this week's feature, "Sun Burn," we take a closer look at what the National Renewable Energy Lab in Golden has accomplished over the last 35 years -- and how bright its future appears to be as it pushes forward with a massive expansion. For the piece, we spoke with Denis Hayes, an early directo ... More >>
Before a group of Mitt Romney supporters in Centennial earlier this week, Fox News analyst and conservative pundit Dick Morris said Barack Obama won't be elected because his fans won't actually vote. Today, before Obama took the stage in Golden, we asked ten supporters what they think of Morris's co ... More >>
In this week's feature, "Sun Burn," we go inside the National Renewable Energy Lab -- the federal facility in Golden that has for 35 years been dedicated to innovations in energy efficiency. In print, we take an in-depth look at NREL's important role in solar energy and other industries over the pas ... More >>
Abound Solar has officially gone bankrupt and General Electric PrimeStar is putting on hold a much-anticipated solar panel plant it had planned for Aurora. Both cases are disappointing developments for renewable energy in Colorado -- but Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar says these are just mino ... More >>
Update: Over the next few months, dozens of General Electric employees in Colorado will face layoffs as part of the company's controversial plan to put a much-anticipated solar manufacturing plant on hold for at least eighteen months. Since news broke last week about GE's plans to delay an Aurora fa ... More >>
They clog up waterways. They end up in landfills, where they take thousands of years to break down. And they kill turtles and dolphins. Plastic bags of the sort used in grocery stores are a top enemy for environmentalists, and Westword has learned that some Denver officials are considering policies ... More >>
In the future, your home and its appliances might talk to you, make decisions for you, and, if the National Renewable Energy Lab is successful, help you save money. And, you know, make Planet Earth a greener place. Get more details and see photos of our domestic future below.
Update below: It's Super Tuesday, with voters in ten states choosing among Mitt Romney, Rick Santorium, Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul for a Republican presidential candidate. And whoever wins the nomination is apt to use controversial Department of Energy loans to alternative energy companies as a talk ... More >>
Eugene Howrey.In June, avid bicyclist Eugene Howrey, age 73, was struck and killed by a dump truck driven by Christopher Loven, a man with a number of past run-ins with pedalers. In the years prior to the Lowrey tragedy, he was allegedly involved in two separate bike-rage incidents. Months l ... More >>
Lamborn.As we reported yesterday, Doug Lamborn said that being associated with Barack Obama was like touching a tar baby during a Friday radio appearance -- a gaffe for which he's now apologized. But did he need to? An editorial in the Colorado Springs Gazette suggests it was really no big de ... More >>
Eugene Howrey.Dump-truck driver Christopher Loven has not yet been charged with a crime in the death of Eugene Howrey, a 73-year-old bicyclist killed in an accident this past June. However, Loven was convicted in a 2009 bike-rage case -- and now we're learning he received a citation in a bra ... More >>
FlickrNo charges have been filed against dump-truck driver Christopher Loven in the Lefthand Canyon crash that killed bicyclist Eugene Howrey, 73, on Friday. But just two years ago, Loven was convicted in another bike case -- one related to road rage.
Governor Bill Ritter is heading down to Colorado Springs today, where he'll host a town-hall meeting and sign a number of bills. And along the way, he'll no doubt pass a handful of unauthorized signs along I-25, all asking, "Why does Ritter hate El Paso County?" Why indeed? I asked Evan Dreyer, ... More >>
CU's entry in the U.S. Solar Decathalon. The mood was bittersweet when I left the U.S. Solar Decathlon in Washington D.C. a year ago. The University of Colorado team I’d been following didn’t get the three-peat – a third consecutive first place victory – they’d been hoping for in the int ... More >>
CU students have twice won the Solar Decathlon. Can they make it a three-peat?
The U.S. Department of Energy’s third Solar Decathlon is now under way in Washington, D.C. Two years ago, twenty university teams from the U.S., Puerto Rico, Canada, Spain and Germany began designing the world’s most energy-efficient solar homes. Their off-the-grid creations – now on display i ... More >>
The results of Xcel's wind-power program are still in the air.
The order is in: Buy bio.
The answer could be blowing in the wind.
Don't mess with Colorado's Klingon club.
Critics say the fix is in for Nike in Golden. But it won't be easy for the company to leave its imprint on a local landmark.