Entries for month: November 2011

Sustainable Practices Breed Innovation

Do you use a cell phone? A personal computer connected to the Internet? Chances are that you have a hard time picturing life without either device.
But how about 20 years ago? Chances are neither was a part of your life.
The contrast was used by David Sandalow, assistant secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy, to illustrate that innovations can move quickly. In 20 years, things that are unusual today may be equally ubiquitous—plugging in a car, getting power from solar panels on the roof, and knowing how much energy is used by home appliances such as your refrigerator.
But such innovations won’t just happen on their own, noted Sandalow at the Alliance for Sustainable Colorado’s annual statewide roundtable.

Xcel's new resource plan describes a new energy landscape

Some astonishing tea leaves about the future of energy are swirling around in Xcel Energy’s new Colorado electric resource plan.