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Colorado has 40 times more natural gas than thought

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DENVER (AP) — Western Colorado has 40 times more natural gas than previously thought, but an immediate boom is unlikely because of low gas prices, government and industry experts said Wednesday. The U.S. Geological Survey said the Mancos Shale formation in Colorado’s Piceance (PEE’-yahns) Basin holds about 66.3 trillion cubic feet of gas, up from 1.6 trillion estimated in 2003. ...

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Upside-down weather pattern across US linked to El Nino

Skiers and snowboarders ride a lift up a mountain on Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2015, at Snoqualmie Pass, Wash. A weather pattern that could be associated with El Nino has turned winter upside-down across the U.S. during a week of heavy holiday travel, bringing spring-like warmth to the Northeast, a risk of tornadoes in the South and so much snow in parts of the West that there are concerns about avalanches. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

SEATTLE — Astrid Rau just baked 16 kinds of Christmas cookies, including a batch in the shape of snowflakes. But she’s nevertheless having trouble getting in the holiday spirit, thanks to forecasts that have the temperature in her hometown of Perkasie, Pennsylvania, hitting 72 degrees on Thursday. “I associate cold with Christmas,” the 55-year-old says. “And if it’s warm it ...

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More solar coming to region

DENVER — Tri-State, the power provider for San Isabel Electric and other rural cooperatives, will partner on a 30-megawatt solar farm to be built about 20 miles north of Trinidad in Las Animas County, the company announced Tuesday A 30-megawatt farm can power 7,000 or more homes, based on industry estimates. It is Denver-based Tri-State’s first utility-scale solar project in ...

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Wyoming Ethanol to suspend operations

TORRINGTON, Wyo. — The only ethanol plant in Wyoming will shut down because it can’t compete with lower gasoline prices, an official says. The Wyoming Ethanol plant is located in Torrington, and the shutdown is expected to affect about 20 workers. Terry Oldfield, chief executive officer for Renova Energy, parent company of Wyoming Ethanol, said the plant will be going ...

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Gift boosts Wyoming energy research

CHEYENNE — Gov. Matt Mead and University of Wyoming President Dick McGinity announced a new corporate partnership Friday that will bolster UW’s research into oil and gas extraction. In a news conference at the State Capitol, Mead and McGinity said UW will receive $12 million in equipment from Oregon-based FEI, a scientific and technical instrument manufacturer. Mead said the state ...

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Conservationist: Apocalyptic views about climate change don’t work to change minds

DENVER — To get to the most rational discussion about environmentalism and have it work in today’s world, the conversation has to change, a leader in the environmental movement told oil and gas energy industry officials this morning on the final day of the Colorado Oil and Gas Association’s annual conference at the Colorado Convention Center. Peter Kareiva, director of ...

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Oil, gas speakers: Industry downturn will only be solved by innovation, efficiencies and time

DENVER — The key to surviving an environment in which crude and natural gas prices remain near decade lows is to look internally, innovate, and simply wait it out, industry executives said Tuesday. But a healthy recovery won’t happen any time soon, they told a small crowd of industry professionals at the Colorado Oil and Gas Association’s annual Rocky Mountain ...

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Colorado energy companies spend top dollar on lobbyists

DENVER — Colorado state Sen. Leroy Garcia hit a powerful force — the well-funded energy lobby — during the 2015 legislative session when he tried to make the board that regulates utility companies representative of the entire state. “You can be up against 15 or 20 lobbyists easily,” Garcia said. “You’re spending your time talking to your colleagues about the ...

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