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New report ranks Denver #10 in nation for solar power as state regulators examine how to value distributed solar
Solar-powered auto body shop joins Environment Colorado to call for more solar

Today, Environment Colorado released a new report: “Shining Cities: At the Forefront of America’s Solar Energy Revolution”, a first-of-its kind comparison of the growth of solar in major American cities. The report ranks Denver 10th in the nation for installed solar as well as in solar capacity per capita. Environment Colorado was joined at Mancinelli’s Auto Repair Center by Mary Beth Susman, President of the Denver City Council; Rebecca Cantwell, Senior Program Director with COSEIA, the Colorado Solar Energy Industries Association; and Steve Mancinelli, owner of 100% solar-powered auto body shop Mancinelli’s Auto Repair Center, to discuss ways to keep Denver and the rest of Colorado at the forefront of solar energy development.

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News Release | Environment Colorado

Fort Collins sets gold standard for climate action

Fort Collins, Co. – The city of Fort Collins will completely eliminate its global warming pollution in 35 years, according to a Climate Action Plan ratified Tuesday that is the strongest in the country and among the most ambitious in the world.

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Report | Environment Colorado

Polluting Politics

The owner of Cargill Meat Solutions spent $1.3 billion on lobbying in a single year, according to a new report by Environment Colorado. The enormous spending came after Cargill Meat Solutions dumped 462,000 pounds of toxic chemicals into Colorado’s waterways in 2012.  

Environment Colorado released its “Polluting Politics” report shortly after the introduction of a House bill to block the EPA’s clean water rule to restore Clean Water Act protections to thousands of waterways in Colorado and across the country.

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News Release | Environment Colorado

Fishing, rafting in Browns Canyon protected for future generations

Browns Canyon, a popular spot for trout fishing and whitewater rafting here in central Colorado, will gain permanent protection tomorrow as a National Monument, following decades of campaigning by outdoor enthusiasts, the tourism industry, and some of the state’s most prominent political leaders. President Obama’s expected action, revealed this morning in the Denver Post, will preserve more than 20,000 rugged canyon acres surrounding the Arkansas River, a beloved area home to gold medal trout, black bears, and stunning vistas.

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News Release | Environment Colorado

Report: Wind energy, tax credits needed to combat global warming

The carbon pollution from 8 coal plants could be eliminated in Colorado if wind power continues its recent growth trajectory, according to a new analysis by Environment Colorado. The analysis comes just as Congress considers whether to renew tax credits critical to wind development.

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Report | Environment Colorado Research & Policy Center

More Wind, Less Warming

American wind power already produced enough energy in 2013 to power 15 million homes. Continued, rapid development of wind energy would allow the renewable resource to supply 30 percent of the nation’s electricity by 2030, providing more than enough carbon reductions to meet the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed Clean Power Plan.

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