BLM OKs overburden storage at coal mine north of Meeker

MEEKER I The Bureau of Land Management Northwest District signed a Finding of No Significant Impact and a Decision Record on Friday, approving a coal lease modification to allow Colowyo Coal to store rock and soil overburden at a coal mine north of Meeker.

A Look at the West: Next president should be pro energy

RBC I Despite the divisiveness of this election season, Americans from both parties share common ground. Polls show voters want the next president to inject life into our sluggish economy. To turn around the economy, the next president will need to embrace free-market, consumer-driven, pro-taxpayer, policies. And when it comes to energy, that means the […]

Community solar gardens gain popularity throughout West

RBC I As soon as her electric cooperative started selling panels in a community solar garden, Doris Shennum of Bear Lake, Mont., signed up. It will take 21 years for her to break even on her $900 panel, but 91-year-old Shennum doesn’t mind.

Meeker Solar Garden ribbon cutting…

The White River Electric Association board of directors, management and staff joined representatives from the Meeker School District for the ribbon cutting ceremony of the Meeker Solar Garden on June 15. A cooperative effort between WREA and the Meeker School District allowed for the solar garden to be built at 450 School St., and the solar garden began generating solar power on June 1. WREA members who signed up for the solar lease program will begin receiving their monthly solar lease credits on their electric bills at the end of June. On hand for the ribbon cutting were, from left to right: Dale Dunbar (WREA CFO), Chris Reidinger (WREA Staff Engineer), Bill Jordan (WREA Board President), Alan Michalewicz (WREA General Manager), Gary Dunham (WREA Board of Directors), Hal Pearce (WREA Board of Directors), Richard Welle (WREA Board of Directors), Rich Parr (WREA Board of Directors), Stan Wyatt (WREA Board of Directors), Trina Zagar-Brown (WREA General Counsel), Chris Selle (Meeker RE-1 Superintendent), Todd Shults (Meeker RE-1 Board of Directors) and Ron Hilkey (WREA Board of Directors).

A Look at the Nation: A good energy bill would be a boost to country’s strength

RBC I Let’s be honest: The future of the U.S. economy is bleak. A new report from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development predicts that the U.S. economy will grow only 2 percent this year, a downward revision of the already anemic 2.4 percent growth predicted late last year.

Murkowski unveils a new energy plan for the nation

RBC I The last time the United States updated its energy strategy, the iPhone didn’t exist. George W. Bush was still president. And the energy landscape looked entirely different than it does today: The cost of putting solar panels on your roof was twice as expensive, and the U.S. only produced about 5 million barrels […]

Sierra Club selling out as more directors gain from board seats

RBC I One of America’s most respected environmental non-profit organizations has traded in one kind of green for another. Some of the Sierra Club’s board members and most important donors have put the almighty dollar before Mother Earth by encouraging the organization to engage in activities that bolster their bottom line.

WREA applauds passage of renewable energy bill

MEEKER I White River Electric Association applauds the Colorado House of Representatives’ passage of Senate Bill 15-046.

Report: Coal, electricity have strong impact on county

RBC I The economic development directors of Moffat, Rio Blanco and Routt counties announced late last week the release of a report outlining measures of the economic activity associated with coal mining and associated electrical power generation in the three-county Yampa-White River Region.

Final EIS sets rules for oil, gas exploration in White River Nat’l Forest

RBC I White River National Forest Supervisor Scott Fitzwilliams announced on Tuesday the release of the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) and Draft Record of Decision (ROD) for future oil and gas leasing on the Forest.

Uintah Basin faces a tricky problem with oil, gas industry

RBC I On a crisp fall day lined with cottonwoods as yellow-bright as balls of flame, I take a gravel shortcut from Utah’s Nine Mile Canyon toward Vernal, an energy boomtown of some 10,000 souls.

EPA delays ruling on power plant and mine until October

RANGELY I Citizens and groups keeping a close eye on an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) decision that could affect local coal mine and power plant operations could have six more weeks to wait.