National Renewable Energy Laboratory

1985:  The crew of Discovery mission STS 51-A, which successfully retrieved two satellites in November 1984. From left to right, they are (back row) David Walker, Dale Gardner, Joseph Allen; (front row) Commander Frederick Hauck and Anna Fisher. With the astronauts is Steven Merritt (bottom right).  (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Former Space Shuttle Astronaut Dale Gardner Dies

Former astronaut Dale Gardner, who helped haul a malfunctioning satellite into the space shuttle and back to Earth in 1984, has died at age 65.



CSU-Led Group Gets Grant For Biofuel Study

A consortium led by Colorado State University has been awarded a $10 million grant to study obstacles to using insect-killed trees in biofuel production.


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Team Studying How To Make Biofuels From E. Coli

A team led by University of Colorado Boulder has won a five-year, $9.2 million grant for research on how to manipulate E. coli to produce cost-competitive biofuels.


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Debate Over Wind Credit Enters Congressional Races

Republicans are walking a fine line when it comes to wind energy in Colorado, and it’s playing out in congressional races in the debate over a tax credit that impacts hundreds of jobs.


An image from the Ryan rally at Lakewood High School on Aug. 14, 2012. (credit: CBS)

Two Counties That Better Get Used to Attention

Paul Ryan’s visit to Lakewood is just one example how two counties in Colorado are about to get some intense attention this season. What the effect of that attention will be is the big question.


Interior Secretary Ken Salazar (credit: CBS)

Interior Secretary Checking Out Energy Research

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar is checking out one of the top renewable energy research facilities in Colorado.


The EV charging station at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science (credit: CBS)

Ball Finally Rolling On Electric Vehicle Charging Stations In Denver

It just got a little easier to keep an electric car running in Denver. One of the city’s very first charging stations is now up and running at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science.


The Kia Borrego (credit: CBS)

Pollution-Free Vehicle On Display In Colorado Gets 55 MPG

A pollution-free, 55 miles per gallon SUV could be on the market as soon as 2014. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory showed off the Kia Borrego Monday in Estes Park at the Coolest Car Show in Colorado.


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The NREL Budget Smokescreen

It may appear that Lamborn and the other signatories on the letter are on a warpath against renewable energy and are also dedicated to making sure that all federally funded programs deliver true results to taxpayers. But I believe that it’s simply a smokescreen to an entirely different political agenda.


Rep. Doug Lamborn, R-Colorado Springs (credit:

Colorado Lawmaker Wants To Cut Renewable Energy Funds

Colorado congressman Doug Lamborn is one of nine House members asking that funds be yanked from programs that finance the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in suburban Denver.



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