Policy & Legislation
The legislative debate over the doubling of the renewable energy mandate on Colorado’s rural electric cooperatives officially ended on June 5, when Gov. John Hickenlooper signed Senate Bill 252 into law. However, several of the state’s leading newspapers continue to voice concerns not only about the new law’s implementation but also about the contrived process by which it came to reach the governor’s desk in the first place.
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In a disappointing decision for electricity consumers, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper on June 5 signed into law Senate Bill 252, which doubles the renewable energy standard for the not-for-profit rural electric cooperatives that serve approximately one out of every five Coloradans. Read more »
During the April 8 committee hearing on Senate Bill 252 in the Colorado Senate, State Senator Ted Harvey wisely asked how the bill’s potentially multibillion-dollar impact on electricity costs would affect state-owned facilities located in the service territories of rural electric cooperatives. It’s a logical question – farmers, ranchers, business owners, large manufacturers and small towns in rural areas are not the only electricity consumers who would feel the burdens of this legislation. Read more »
The television and radio spot below encourage Coloradans to stand up to the politicians and special interests who are jamming a costly bill through the legislature without any input from the rural consumers it would affect.
If you agree that our policymakers should not be burdening rural economies with unfair, unreasonable mandates, please share these important messages with your friends. Then make sure you're a member of the Keep Electricity Affordable eAction team.
One of the most frequently quoted expressions in the western United States claims that “Whiskey is for drinking and water is for fighting over.” But as contentious as water policy can sometimes be, the liquid so critical to life and economic vitality can occasionally serve as a topic of remarkable agreement as well.
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