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Xcel Energy says carbon emissions down 35 percent since 2005

Xcel Energy has cut carbon emissions 35 percent since 2005 and expects to surpass 50 percent by 2022, largely by retiring aging coal plants and replacing them with renewable sources.

Xcel has announced the retirement of 20 coal units, accounting for 40 percent of its coal-powered capacity, from 2005 to 2026, including several in Colorado. To fill the gap, the company has invested heavily in wind-powered sources, and to a lesser degree solar, while also promoting energy conservation.

Last year, about 40 percent of the electricity Xcel supplied came from carbon-free sources, and half of that amount from wind. Besides reducing its carbon output, the company said emissions of sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides were down by more than 70 percent. It also has cut its water consumption by 40 percent.

Read the story in the Denver Post…

 

Here’s the full story about Xcel’s 2017 highlights and look into the future.

Two huge wins for Colorado’s conservation future

Colorado’s iconic mountain ranges, farms and ranchlands, parks, rivers and open spaces are an undeniable part of our shared identity as Coloradans. We live in a state where three in four residents consider themselves conservationists, and 87% understand that Colorado’s open lands and outdoor lifestyle give the state an economic advantage.

The most lauded success happened on May 1, when Governor Hickenlooper signed into law a measure ensuring that Colorado lottery proceeds will continue to be a steady source of revenue for conservation and outdoor recreation through at least 2049. This measure extends and affirms the will of Colorado voters, who in 1992 passed a constitutional amendment that created Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO), an independent body that annually receives up to half of all lottery proceeds.

Over the past 25 years, GOCO has been the single most important tool for advancing conservation in Colorado. It has funded more than 5,000 projects – including dozens of school playgrounds, over 900 miles of trails, and more than 1,600 parks and outdoor recreation areas – benefitting all 64 Colorado counties, and permanently protecting more than 1 million acres of open space.

Read more about the future of Colorado recreation!

Made in Colorado Springs: City is part of a revival of American manufacturing

Contrary to popular belief, manufacturing in the United States isn’t dead.

In Colorado, manufacturing saw modest growth in 2017 and is expected to keep growing this year, says the Colorado Business Economic Outlook 2018, produced by the University of Colorado at Boulder’s Leeds School of Business. That growth, the report says, is “against the backdrop of a surging national sector.”

“Consumers today want more locally made products, they want more locally inspired brands, and at least today, growth in those industries is offsetting losses in manufacturing that are from automation and technology,” Bart Taylor, founder and publisher of CompanyWeek said.

Read more about the growth of manufacturing in Colorado here!

Pueblo’s Heaton Hawks soaring high, achieving national status

For the past three years, Heaton Middle School has been rated as a “certified” AVID School for its exemplary work in readying young Hawks for a productive and enriching life beyond middle school.

On Thursday, Heaton was rewarded for those years of dedication by being named an AVID Demonstration School. Nationwide, only about 170 schools — 2 percent — have reached this distinguished level.

Gordon Mosher, an official validator from AVID, was on hand Thursday to bestow the honor during an afternoon school-wide assembly.

Advancement Via Individual Determination, or AVID, is a curriculum designed to help students — especially those traditionally underrepresented in higher education — develop the skills to be successful in college.

Big congratulations for the District 60 middle school!

Pueblo residents gather to discuss ideas and future of PEDCO

On Tuesday night a community meeting was held to discuss the future of PEDCO and what Pueblo residents want to see from the organization that uses their tax dollars to attract businesses.

About 50 people gathered at Saint Pius X Catholic Church.

Many came with ideas, but also a lot of questions: where is Pueblo headed? What is PEDCO doing to make it a better city?

 

Read the article about PEDCO’s first Town Hall of 2018 at KOAA.com!