Tag: Energy Efficiency

Why Boulder Has to Buy Out Electric Utility for a Clean Energy Future

In late 2011, citizens of Boulder, CO voted to boot their incumbent electric utility, Xcel Energy, and form a municipal electric utility.  It was the culmination of a multi-year battle to get more clean, local energy from their corporate electric overlord.  In the end, city leaders and citizens agreed that the only credible option for significantly

Why Boulder Has to Buy Out Electric Utility for a Clean Energy Future

In late 2011, citizens of Boulder, CO voted to boot their incumbent electric utility, Xcel Energy, and form a municipal electric utility.  It was the culmination of a multi-year battle to get more clean, local energy from their corporate electric overlord.  In the end, city leaders and citizens agreed that the only credible option for significantly

Energy Efficiency: Big Deals and New Ideas

The economic premise behind energy efficiency — that it’s cheaper to save a unit of energy than to make one — has caught on in the US.  Energy efficiency spending is up, and our energy use is declining, measured both per capita and per dollar of gross domestic product, according to government figures.  So it is not surprising to see the year begin