Statetap: Minneapolis wrangles Xcel on renewables, in nod to Boulder

Solar installation atop Antonito High School in southern Colorado. Flickr/Gwendolyntrue

Minneapolis’s new contract with Xcel Energy includes an agreement that the utility work with the city to meet carbon reduction goals. Although the hubbub generated by a municipalization effort in another city Xcel serves — Boulder, Colo. — wasn’t specifically referenced in the discussions, industry observers said it felt like the legal and political mess in Boulder loomed large. Via the Daily Camera.

For Colorado’s burgeoning marijuana industry, banking has been a tricky business. National financial institutions are wary of working with enterprises still considered illegal under federal law, so last spring state legislators passed a law permitting the industry to form a credit union of sorts. Advanced Cannabis Solutions, a Colorado Springs based company, just acquired real estate in south Denver slated to become “the Greenhouse” — the industry’s first business incubator and cooperative financial institution. Via the Denver Post.

A Longmont analysis firm that focuses on the financial and energy sector inadvertently discovered a North Korean submarine last week. They’ve also been using satellite imagery to monitor the activity of ISIS militants in Syria. The company says military intelligence is still not really its thing, but it’s just so good at what it does that sometimes these crossovers happen. Via the Longmont Times Call.

Colorado State University just received $2 million from the Pentagon to work on developing an Ebola vaccine. Its Biopharmaceutical Manufacturing and Academic Resource Center was chosen because it’s a leader in infectious disease research and passed an FDA inspection. The program’s director assured people that neither the virus nor any infected patients will be visiting campus. Via the Denver Post.