Bank retains membership in renewable energy group

David Miller
David Miller

Alpine Bank has retained its membership in the Green Power Leadership Club, a group of organizations honored for using electricity generated from renewable sources.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency awarded Alpine Bank membership in the club for 2015. The EPA Green Power voluntary program offers participants assistance in procuring electricity from solar and wind power as well as biomass, geothermal and low-impact hydropower sources. The Green Power Leadership Club honors participants that exceed minimum requirements for purchasing electricity from renewable sources.

Since 2009, Alpine Bank has purchased all its electricity through utility providers that offer power from renewable sources and renewable energy certificates. Three bank locations generate part of their own electricity from photovoltaic panels.

“The result is cleaner air that helps protect our health and lifestyle and renewable energy jobs that help advance our local economies,” said David Miller, vice president and leader of the Alpine Bank Green Team.

Headquartered in Glenwood Springs, Alpine Bank operates 38  locations across Colorado. For more information, visit the Web site at www.alpine

Railroad on track to invest $20.5 million in West Slope improvements

Union Pacific has announced plans to invest nearly $41 million in improvements to its rail lines in Colorado in 2015, half of that for work between Palisade and Dotsero on the Western Slope.

Union Pacific expects to spend $20.5 million on a project to upgrade the rail line between Palisade and Dotsero, replacing 141,300 railroad ties, 53,000 tons of rock ballast and more then three miles of  rail on various curves. In addition, crews will repair surfaces at 40 road crossings.

Another $2.7 million is earmarked for the replacement of four miles of rails on curves between Phippsburg and Denver.

Overall, $34 million has been budgeted in Colorado to maintain railroad tracks, $6 million to maintain or replace bridges and $860,000 to improve signal systems.

Union Pacific invested a total of more than $292 million between 2010 and 2014 in improving its rail lines and related infrastructure in Colorado.

“We constantly evaluate our customers’ needs to make targeted investments that enhance our efficiency and deliver the goods American businesses and families use daily,” said Donna Kush, a vice president of public affairs for Union Pacific.

Union Pacific connects 23 states in the Western United States  by rail. For more information, visit