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Sam Brasch

What killed a 1980s program to kick-start a green home revolution in Colorado?

These houses were once the federal government's answer to the energy crisis

Colorado lawmakers prep legislation to limit local power over wind and solar projects

Colorado lawmakers are drafting legislation to ensure local governments can’t derail the state’s ambitious plans to transition to carbon-free energy sources like wind and solar. While Democr...

Why Xcel Energy’s push to expand EV incentives has divided climate and consumer advocates

Buying an electric vehicle could soon be even cheaper for millions of Coloradans. The state already offers generous programs and tax benefits to offset the cost of a new plug-in vehicle as a...

Here’s where Colorado wolves have been hanging out – for now

It’s been more than a month since Gov. Jared Polis popped open a set of crates holding wolves from Oregon, kicking off the state’s voter-approved effort to restore a viable population of pre...

Polar vortex will cost most Coloradans an extra $15 for increased energy costs

Xcel says frigid weather could impact bills for months

Campaign to protect natural gas at the Colorado ballot box gains momentum and money

After years of threatening to reignite Colorado’s oil and gas ballot wars, the state’s fossil fuel industry appears more serious than ever about mounting a campaign to ask voters to protect ...

Colorado’s statewide e-bike program is so popular that it’s already used up its initial funding

Colorado’s statewide e-bike program has proven so shockingly successful that it’s now clamping on the brakes to review its budget and reallocate funding from a separate grant program for bat...

How a gas utility fought to keep two Colorado towns hooked on fossil fuels

Once a sleepy coal mining town, Crested Butte has transformed itself into a year-round tourism magnet. In the winter, the community of 1,500 people tucked into the Rocky Mountains is a pictu...

Colorado is ready to help pay for geothermal heating and cooling systems

Colorado opened applications Tuesday for a new grant program to kick-start an industry that harvests renewable energy hiding below the Earth's surface. A state law signed in 2022 set aside $...

Feds approve Colorado’s plan to reintroduce wolves – and kill them in some cases

The federal government granted Colorado the authority to manage and kill wolves in specific circumstances on Tuesday, clearing a path for the state to meet a voter-approved deadline to relea...

Feds approve Colorado’s plan to reintroduce wolves – and kill them in some cases

The federal government granted Colorado the authority to manage and kill wolves in specific circumstances on Tuesday, clearing a path for the state to meet a voter-approved deadline to relea...

Why Colorado energy bills should be lower this winter

After a perfect storm of factors drove up Colorado energy bills last winter, households can expect some relief as temperatures drop across the state. Xcel Energy, Colorado's largest gas and ...