Utilities Sector

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2014

    E-Cycle Colorado's obsolete electronics roundup on Saturday

    That TV that looked so great twenty years ago is looking like an environmentally unfriendly albatross today -- it's essentially trashed, but too full of toxic materials to throw out with the trash. But on Saturday, April 5, Republic Services of Denver will provide a convenient way to recycle obsolet ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2013

    Carbon pollution at power plants: What standards should be set for lowering it?

    Until 5 p.m. today, the Environmental Protection Agency is holding a public listening session in Denver to "solicit ideas and input...about the best Clean Air Act approaches to reducing carbon pollution from existing power plants." The folks at Environment Colorado, who recently released a report ab ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2013

    Photos: The 100 dirtiest power plants in America -- including two in Colorado

    At this hour, Environment Colorado is issuing "America's Dirtiest Power Plants," an eye-opening report (see it below) that includes the organization's picks for the one-hundred most-polluting facilities in the country -- and two from Colorado make the less-than-proud cut. An Environment Colorado rep ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2012

    Documentary filmmaker Pete McBride releases first trailer for The Water Tower

    Basalt-based photographer/filmmaker Pete McBride is offering a sneak peek at his new film The Water Tower today, with the unveiling of a teaser trailer for his documentary that follows Golden-based climber Jake Norton's Challenge 21 team to Mt. Kenya and its vanishing glaciers. See also: - Chasing ... More >>

  • Music

    April 5, 2012

    Municipal Waste

    Wednesday, April 11, Aggie Theatre, Fort Collins, 970-482-8300.

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2012

    Xcel Energy not amused by April Fool's Day letters about Boulder power cuts

    April Fool's Day jokes often seem funnier to those pulling them than they do to their targets. That was undoubtedly the case for bogus letters claiming that Xcel Energy would be cutting off anyone who voted to end Boulder's relationship with the power supplier.

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2011

    Reader: John Hickenlooper is an uninformed industry apologist when it comes to fracking

    ​Alan Prendergast's recent post quoted Governor John Hickenlooper as calling the prospect of contamination from fracking "inconceivable." But one reader thinks he wouldn't have any problems conceiving of this prospect were he not buddying up to the oil and gas industry.

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2011

    Medical marijuana dispensary inspections -- and what about those discontinued DVRs?

    ​State regulations of the medical marijuana industry went into effect on July 1 -- and that includes inspections of dispensaries by the Medical Marijuana Enforcement Division. But how does the process work? We talked with a security pro who sat in on an inspection that was made for TV.

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2011

    Public Utilities Commission, embroiled in taxi controversies, faces state audit

    ​Folks who have tried to start taxi companies in Denver -- an industry long fraught with controversy -- often butt heads with the Public Utilities Commission, the body charged with regulating cabs. Lately, PUC officials seem to swing back and forth as to whether the city needs more taxis, and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 26, 2011

    Taxicab controversy: Mayor Bill Vidal asks PUC to nix 300 divisive new cabs

    ​The fight over how many taxicabs to allow in Denver, detailed in the November feature "Mean Streets," took a strange turn in March. After rejecting taxi drivers' application to start Mile High Cab because he said the market was saturated, PUC Judge Paul Gomez green-lit 300 other new Denver ca ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2011

    Japanese radiation worries in U.S.: Health dept. tries to calm fears as media stokes them

    ​This morning, Peter Boyles spent part of his KHOW morning show wondering if we should be taking potassium iodide to protect ourselves against radiation from the stricken Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan. And at this writing, the main story on the CBS4 home page asks, "Could Japan's Radi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2011

    Pueblo nuclear power plant proposal hearings against backdrop of Japanese explosions

    ​Timing is everything. With gas prices going up, up, up due to the chaos in North Africa last month, suddenly a nuclear power plant started looking good to Pueblo County, where the commissioners are considering a proposal to make that county one of the spots in the country vying for a new nuke ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2010

    Qwest sign: Light there be lights!

    ​The Denver skyline is bright with Christmas lights, but a traditional blue glow still dominates the dark. And while the status of the Qwest sign will ride on the Qwest/CenturyLink merger proposal, that azure light isn't expected to go out anytime soon.

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2010

    Will it be lights out for Qwest's blue sign?

    ​For years, the blue light of the Qwest sign has dominated the downtown Denver skyline, even as its been joined by other light shows -- the spire on the Four Seasons, the logo atop the Xcel building. But if the merger deal between Qwest and CenturyLink goes through, will it be lights out for t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 15, 2010

    Qwest, CenturyLink merger on the line for Colorado Public Utilities Commission

    ​Colorado's Public Utilities Commission is slated to sign off on Qwest's merger with CenturyLink today, a day after Montana became the fourteenth state to okay the deal, pushing memories of Mountain Bell even further down the line. The PUC was initially scheduled to approve the merger last we ... More >>

  • News

    September 30, 2010
  • Calendar

    April 8, 2010
  • Blogs

    January 7, 2010

    Xcel employees can win a camera -- by saying how much they love Xcel

    Are you ready for your closeup, Xcel employees?​This month, Xcel Energy has launched an internal contest called "Why I Love Xcel Energy," with a hand-held video camera being awarded to the employee who makes the best clip of him or her saying why Xcel is a nifty place to work -- footage that c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2009

    Xcel Energy, others accused of OSHA violations in incident that killed five

    ​In October 2007, five employees of RPI Coating Inc. were killed by carbon monoxide generated by a fire at the Cabin Creek Hydro Plant outside Georgetown that's operated by Xcel Energy and Public Service Company of Colorado. Now, a federal grand jury has issued indictments against RPI, Xcel, P ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2009

    Public Service Company of Colorado responds to Cabin Creek charges

    Tim Taylor.​Just over an hour ago, we told you about a federal grand jury indictment leveled against Xcel Energy, Public Service Company of Colorado, RPI Coating and two individuals over an October 2007 incident at Cabin Creek Hydro Plant near Georgetown in which five workers died. Since then, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2009

    Behind the scenes at Global Dance Fest with Vista TV

    ​If you're curious about what the annual Global Dance Festival, now in its seventh year, is all about, but have always been afraid to ask, or to go and be surrounded by all those glowsticks and Vicks, you're in luck. Local Internet "lifestyle television" site Vista TV has gone behind the scene ... More >>

  • News

    April 16, 2009
  • Blogs

    September 17, 2008

    Memories of Colorado’s atomic age

    Forward into the past. As reported in this week’s cover story, University of Denver employees Jeff Corbin and Robert Amme are using the online game Second Life to train workers for a new wave of nuclear power plants expected to be built around the country. If any of these plants, spurred by rene ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2008

    Sauce for the Coal-Fired Goose?

    Ah, let the season of petty politics begin. Statehouse Republicans have their boxers in a bunch because Governor Bill “Greenjeans” Ritter has nominated Matt Baker (pictured) to serve on the Public Utilities Commission. And everyone knows that Baker is…well, he’s…he’s an unregenerate tree ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2007

    Rich Tower, Poor Tower

    For residents of southwest Denver who oppose the plan by Xcel Energy to replace electrical lines with taller towers, the issue is as much about the marring of Ruby Hill Park’s scenic view as what they perceive as a double standard in policy. Neighborhood groups want the new lines buried or relocat ... More >>

  • News

    July 26, 2007

    Pole Position

    Ruby Hill-area residents want to protect their views from eleven-story utility poles, but Xcel thinks it has the juice.

  • News

    July 19, 2007

    Green Day

    Red Rocks offers recycling but only if you trash your seat.

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2006


    Despite the smoking ban, patrons are still happily smoking away inside Paris on the Platte at 15th and Platte streets. The venerable coffee shop is holding firm that it is exempt from the state's new Colorado Clean Indoor Air Act because it derives more than 5 percent of total gross income from toba ... More >>

  • News

    November 3, 2005

    Letters to the Editor

    From the week of November 3, 2005

  • News

    October 27, 2005

    A Mighty Wind

    The results of Xcel's wind-power program are still in the air.

  • News

    October 27, 2005

    Carbon Loading

    Xcels solution to rising energy prices includes a lot of coal. Is that a bad thing?

  • News

    July 8, 2004

    The Meter's Running...

    Freedom cabbies struggle for freedom.

  • News

    May 6, 2004

    The Next Bad Thing

    Creeping traffic. Strained schools. Dwindling water. Commuters are flocking to Elbert County for a little bit of country, but there isn't much country left.

  • News

    December 11, 2003

    Power to the People

    The answer could be blowing in the wind.

  • News

    March 6, 2003

    Mayberry, BFD

    When pollsters start dialing the denizens of a small city, it's all Opie gone bad.

  • Calendar

    February 27, 2003

    Free For All

    Highlighting the week's greatest gratis event

  • News

    February 6, 2003

    Con Air

    Mile High Telecom promised to be an alternative to Qwest, but the line is going dead.

  • News

    January 24, 2002

    Power Outage

    Xcel Energy faces tough financial scrutiny as power companies nationwide feel the heat.

  • News

    April 12, 2001

    The Lowdown on Lowry

    The city thought it had settled any questions about the Lowry Landfill. The truth is a toxic shocker.

  • Best of Denver

    June 29, 2000

    Best free service

    The Denver Water Department's Xeriscape seminars, info and demonstration garden

  • News

    June 22, 2000

    Going With the Flow

    As spring melts into summer, water users along the St. Vrain could find themselves up the creek.

  • News

    August 6, 1998

    Crossed Wires

    US West mistakenly tries to grab $11,000 from a hapless customer.

  • News

    June 4, 1998
  • News

    February 5, 1998

    Blowing Smoke

    Is Public Service coming clean about its clean-air campaign?

  • News

    December 18, 1997
  • News

    December 11, 1997

    Socket to Me

    If Colorado deregulates electricity, Californians will be first in line for the state's cheap power--and Coloradans may get fried.

  • News

    May 8, 1997

    Dark Days on Black Mesa

    The Hopi want one of the largest coal mines in North America to stop using their groundwater. If springs and wells dry up, their ancient culture may disappear.

  • News

    January 9, 1997

    Fight to the Finish

    The Moffat Tunnel Commission goes out kicking and screaming.

  • News

    May 2, 1996

    Gasoline Alley

    Diamond Shamrock's pipeline isn't built yet, but it's already brought a flammable mixture to Elbert County politics.

  • News

    July 19, 1995
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