10th Circuit Upholds Army Corps Approval of Colorado Water Storage Project

On November 5, 2018 the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ approval to store more water in Colorado’s Chatfield Reservoir. The Audubon Society had challenged the Corps’ decision under the National Environmental Policy Act and the Clean Water Act, arguing that the Corps decision was arbitrary and capricious.   …

Recap and Commentary for Arizona’s 2018 Mid-Term Elections

KEY FEDERAL RACES At the federal level, 10 of 11 seats in Arizona’s Congressional delegation saw election races. The 2018 election shaped up to be a groundbreaking year for Arizona politics as hard-fought races caught the attention of the entire nation. U.S. Senate: With Senator Flake’s announcement to not seek re-election, a contentious election bid formed …

“Not-So-Green-Roofs” in Denver

In 2017, voters in Denver approved the so-called “Green Roofs” initiative, which called for buildings over 25,000 ft. sq. to dedicate a certain portion (between 20% and 60% depending on building size) of the rooftop to green space. However, just yesterday the Denver City Council unanimously voted to repeal green roof requirement and passed a …

The Buzz About Utility Scale Solar

There’s a new “buzz” in the solar energy industry and it has nothing to do with declining solar energy prices, the efficiency of solar panels, or tax credits.  The “buzz” is about bees and other pollinators.  A report from Argonne National Laboratory released earlier this year highlighted the potentially beneficial relationship between utility-scale solar energy (USSE) …

FCC Announces Launch of National Lifeline Eligibility Verifier

On October 2, 2018, the Federal Communications Commission released Public Notice DA-18-1009 announcing the launch of the National Lifeline Eligibility Verifier in Six States:   Colorado, Mississippi, Montana, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming.   Starting on November 2, 2018, Eligible Telecommunications Carriers (ETCs) in these six states will be required to use the National Verifier System to …

Governor Brown Signs Renewable Energy Initiative SB100

Governor Brown just signed a renewable energy initiative passed by the California legislature and known as SB100 that sets a goal of phasing out fossil fuels from the state’s energy portfolio by 2045.  That initiative requires California’s utilities to utilize specific renewable resources to generate 60 percent of their portfolio by 2030, 10 percent higher …

New Mexico Public Regulation Commission Denies SunZia’s Proposed $2 Billion High-voltage Transmission Project

On September 5, 2018, by a 4-0 vote, the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission denied SunZia’s proposed $2 billion high-voltage transmission project through seven counties in southern New Mexico.  The Commission relied heavily on the hearing examiner’s recommended decision which found that the location and route for the transmission line lacked sufficient specificity and did …