Study: 100% Renewable Energy Unrealistic at this Time

According to a just released study, the idea of the City of Fort Collins or Platte River Power Authority converting to 100% renewable electricity anytime soon is unrealistic.

The study was conducted on behalf of major electricity users in Northern Colorado by Energy Ventures Analysis, a DC-area energy consulting firm. In the report titled Review of Platte River Power Authority’s Zero Net Carbon Energy, EVA states “Attempting to replace Rawhide with a 100% renewable electricity supply woul...

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Tossing Dirt: An Additional Lane for I-25

Yesterday was a red letter day for Northern Colorado with the groundbreaking ceremony for an additional lane each way on Interstate 25 between Highway 14 (Mulberry) in Fort Collins and Highway 402 on the south edge of Loveland.

The ceremony was at the south end of park and ride at the southwest corner of I-25 and Highway 402. It was in the shadow of the growing mountain of gravel being moved from the Big Thompson Canyon that is being staged for the work on the interstate.

The big luminarie...

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Fort Collins-Loveland Economy Shows Well in Study

The Fort Collins-Loveland regional economy ranks well in a report just released by Area Development. Out of 394 metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) in the United States, our area has an overall ranking of 19. The annual report is titled “Leading Metro Locations.” It looks at ‘a wide variety of data’ which culminates in an overall ranking and several others including Midterm Growth (ranked 16th), Economic Strength (28th), and Prime Workforce Rank (38th).

In Year-Over-Year Growth our ...

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Grade A for Health Care in Northern Colorado

Today feels like ‘health care day’ based on my calendar and the information coming across my desk.

First, I got to tour the new Columbine Patio Homes. They are off Torino Circle located behind New Mercer Commons and beside The Worthington. Of the 34 units, 20 have already been leased, and I can see why: they’re beautiful. (Full disclosure: I’m on the Columbine Community Advisory Board. There’s nothing in this for me, but some of you or a family member might have an interest in somet...

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Keeping Track of the Joneses

GOVERNING “is the nation's leading media platform covering politics, policy and management for state and local government leaders.” On GOVERNING’s website there is a tool that shows population migration between various parts of the country. You can find it here.

A look at Larimer County information shows some interesting things for the 2014-15 period (the latest data available). In that period

14,824 people moved into Larimer County, 11,576 moved out, net 3,248
$477,180,000 of g...

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Fort Collins-Loveland Area High on Best-Performing Cities List

Following is the full copy of a January 10 press release from Milken Institute listing its Index of Best-Performing Cities. The Fort Collins-Loveland MSA is #5.

Milken Institute Releases Index of Best-Performing Cities

Top-20 includes Provo, Raleigh, Dallas, San Francisco, Nashville, Atlanta

Six cities in Florida and four in California rank in top-tier

Milken Institute analysis demonstrates impact of policymaking
on jobs, wages, technology development, and other measures


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Big I-25 Milestone Reached

There was a lot of press coverage last week about the Colorado Department of Transportation and a contractor reaching agreement on a contract to widen I-25 between Highway 14 (Mulberry) in Fort Collins and Highway 402 just south of Loveland.

In some ways this is old news, while at the same time it’s an important milestone.

It’s old news in the sense this has been in the works since last spring and summer. A contractor bid process was supposed to lead to a contractor being named at the ...

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What’s Next for North I-25?

Tomorrow morning (Wednesday, December 13) is the Regional Issues Summit at the Embassy Suites in Loveland. One of key topics will be North I-25 and funding for transportation.

The Colorado Department of Transportation’s new Director, Mike Lewis, will be a speaker followed by a panel of others working on North I-25 funding.

So far, $550.5M is pledged for North I-25. For a refresher, here’s what has been committed:

$350.5M for Segments 7 & 8 (Hwy 14 in Fort Collins to Hwy 402 ju...

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Learn about the Big Issues in Northern Colorado in 2018

The two-county Larimer-Weld region has big issues in front of it. What is the latest with water development projects? When will North I-25 get widened to 3 lanes in each direction? What will happen to the oil and gas industry sector of the regional economy? In an election year with a term-limited governor, what is likely to happen during the upcoming legislative session?

Those questions will be addressed on the morning of Wednesday, December 13 at the annual Regional Issues Summit at the Emba...

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We’re making progress on I-25 funding in Northern Colorado

We continue to make important progress in funding expansion of north Interstate 25.

Last week the Colorado Transportation Commission announced an additional $200 million for north I-25. The money is contingent upon the award of a $95 million federal freight corridor grant being applied for by the North Front Range Metropolitan Planning Organization.

If it comes through, it would be applied to widen a segm...

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