Colorado Senate passes increase to renewable energy standard |

Colorado Senate passes increase to renewable energy standard

DENVER – The state Senate approved legislation Friday that would increase the state’s renewable energy standard to 30 percent.

House Bill 1001, sponsored by Sen. Gail Schwartz (D-Snowmass) and Sen. Bruce Whitehead (D-Hesperus), passed on a vote of 21-13. The bill calls for large utilities in the state to generate 30 percent of their electricity from renewable sources like wind and solar power by 2020. The legislation has now passed both chambers of the General Assembly and is headed to the governor’s desk. Gov. Bill Ritter is supportive of the measure.

“This increase to Colorado’s renewable energy standard keeps us in the fast lane and ensures we take advantage of the opportunity to put Coloradans back to work,” said Pam Kiely of Environment Colorado. “We are creating jobs, boosting investment and stabilizing our electricity prices while cleaning up our air, our water, and cutting global warming. Renewable energy just makes sense.”

– Julie Sutor

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