The controversial passage of Senate Bill 252, which doubled the renewable energy mandate on Colorado’s rural electric cooperatives, is still making its mark on the state’s politics.

In April, we posted some surprisingly positive news: the Hydropower Regulatory Efficiency Act of 2013 – a bill that encourages the development of small hydropower projects – had passed the typically divided U.S.

The legislative debate over the doubling of the renewable energy mandate on Colorado’s rural electric cooperatives officially ended on June 5, when Gov.

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.

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,

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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