Solar experts say the high altitude San Luis Valley is one of the best spots for development in the world.
Credit Photo by Kirk Siegler
But large-scale commercial development is controversial for some residents, including ranchers George Whitten and Julie Sullivan
As part of President Obama’s ambitious plan to have 80% of the country’s power come from renewable sources by 2035, the Administration wants to fast-track solar energy development across the Southwest. Four of the Department’s “solar zones” is in southern Colorado’s San Luis Valley, a remote, mostly poor farming region where the Interior Secretary Ken Salazar is from. But while some residents are eager for the development there, others are fighting to stop it.
There are advantages to living in the digital age, faster computers and instant communication with our smart phones just to name a few. But KUNC commentator Dr. Marc Ringel says there is a clear medical disadvantage associated with staying connected.
A bill to allow civil unions in Colorado gets its first hearing in the state Senate on Monday. The measure would give same sex couples the equivalent legal protections as heterosexual couples. It touches on issues such as division of assets, hospital visitation, and end of life decision making.
State utility regulators have denied a request by Colorado solar companies that seeks to force Xcel Energy to reinstate a popular solar rebate program that the utility abruptly halted last month. The Public Utilities Commission Friday instead ordered both sides in the case to try and broker a settlement in the next week.
This week, state Democrats announced they had a plan to help K-12 funding, without massive budget cuts. BUT, that plan involves tax increases, which Republicans and Democratic Governor John Hickenlooper say Coloradans have no appetite for. It’s one of the topics our media partners at Colorado Public Television and Colorado Inside Out are discussing. Here’s host Raj Chohan.