2018 Colorado Legislature clean energy bills

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Last updated May 31, 2018

The 2018 legislative session opened Jan. 10, 2018, and adjourned May 9, 2018.

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Bill No. Sponsors Title and description Status
SB 003

Sen. Ray Scott, Rep. Chris Hansen, Rep. Jon Becker


Read Legislative Council's Fiscal Note on SB 003

Colorado Energy Office
Makes a variety of changes to legislation authorizing the Colorado Energy Office, including:
  • Specifies that the director of CEO is appointed by the governor, with consent of the Senate.
  • Specifies nuclear and hydroelectric power as cleaner energy sources that CEO should promote.
  • Renames the Clean and Renewable Energy Fund as the Energy Fund, continues General Fund transfer for four years and authorizes CEO to use these funds to educate the public on energy issues and opportunities.
  • Provides four years of funding for the Innovative Energy Fund, but removes the limit on grants and loans only for innovative energy efficiency projects and policy development.
  • Amends the requirement for CEO to develop and encourage increased use of energy curricula, and expands the collaborative groups to include the energy industry and state executive departments.

Repeals or ends:

  • Wind for Schools grant program.
  • Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency for Schools loan program.
  • CEO involvement with state agencies to support use of woody biomass in bio-heating.
  • CEO involvement with the Colorado Energy Research Institute for development of a central resource for building trade professionals.
  • CEO authority to submit a proposal for credentialing photovoltaic installers.
  • Green Building Incentive pilot program.
  • Colorado Clean Energy Finance Program Act
  • CEO responsibility to maintain a list of solar installers and to offer training on solar installations.
  • CEO as the administrator of the Colorado Carbon Fund special license plate.

Introduced 1/10
amended by Senate Committee on Agriculture, Natural Resources & Energy 1/18; passed by Senate Appropriations 2/14; passed Senate 2/22.

Passed House Transportation & Energy 4/11, passed House 4/19.

Sent to Gov. John Hickenlooper for signature 5/3




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HB 1080 Rep. Edie Hooten Climate Leadership Awards Program
The bill adds the duty to develop a Colorado climate leadership awards program to the responsibilities of the climate change position. The program will award organizations and individuals that provide leadership in response to climate change.
Introduced 1/17
Postponed indefinitely by House Natural Resources & Environment 2/7
SB 117 Sen. Kerry Donovan, Rep. Chris Hansen

Collect long-term climate change data
Requires the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to collect and report on greenhouse gas emissions data.

Introduced 1/29, Postponed indefinitely by Senate State, Veterans and Military Affairs 2/13
HB 1274 Rep. K.C. Becker, Rep. Jeff Bridges, Sen. Andy Kerr Reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2050
Requires that by 2050, statewide greenhouse gas emissions to be reduced by at least 80% of the levels of greenhouse gas emissions that existed in the year 2005.

Introduced 3/7, passed House Transportation and Energy 3/21, passed House 4/3, Postponed indefinitely by Senate State, Veterans and Military Affairs 4/11

HB 1297 Rep. Faith Winter, Rep. Brittany Petersen, Sen. Kerry Donovan

Climate change preparedness and resiliency
Adopts greenhouse gas emission reduction goals:

  • Statewide greenhouse gas emissions should be reduced by 26% by 2025 when compared with 2005 levels.
  • Carbon dioxide emissions from electrical generation, when compared with 2012 levels, should be reduced by 25% by 2025 and by 30% by 2030.

Requires the Colorado Resiliency and Recovery Office (within the Colorado Department of Local Affairs) to:

  • Collect and analyze data regarding the economic and environmental impacts of not addressing climate change and calculate the economic costs of climate change.
  • Develop a model to estimate the future impacts of climate change on Colorado.
  • Analyze the results of the modeling on regional and Colorado-specific climatic conditions currently and the expected future conditions under a variety of climate change scenarios.
  • Update the Colorado resiliency framework, taking into account the goals, rules, data and analysis.
  • Develop tools and resources to support locally led climate resilience initiatives.

Introduced 3/16, passed House Transportation and Energy 3/21, assigned to House Appropriations, passed House 4/24.

Postponed indefinitely by Senate State, Veterans and Military Affairs 5/1

SB 226 Sen. Kevin Lundberg, Sen. John Cooke Prohibit Colorado involvement in any climate alliance
Prohibits the governor from involving Colorado in any state-level climate collaboration that attempts to reduce carbon dioxide emissions or to otherwise promote the goals of the Paris Agreement within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

Introduced 4/2, passed Senate Agriculture, Natural Resources & Energy 4/18, passed Senate 4/25, postponed indefinitely by House Transportation & Energy 5/2


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HB 1085 Rep. Paul Lundeen Health Effects of Industrial Wind Turbines
Requires the Department of Public Health and Environment to research the health effects of noise and stray voltage from wind energy turbines on humans and animals, and report research results by Jan. 1, 2020.
Introduced 1/18,
Postponed indefinitely by House Transportation and Energy 2/8
SB 064 Sen. Matt Jones, Rep. Mike Foote

Require 100% Renewable Energy By 2035

  • Updates the renewable energy standard to require that all electric utilities, including rural electric co-ops and municipal utilities, derive their energy from 100% renewable sources by 2035.
  • Removes recycled energy from the types of energy sources eligible for meeting the renewable energy standard.
  • Allows utilities to obtain energy efficiency credits equal in value to renewable energy credits (RECs) based on any energy efficiency upgrades made for a low-income residential customer.
  • Removes multipliers used for counting certain renewable energy generated.
  • Phases out the system of tradable renewable energy credits so that renewable energy generated after 2035 is not eligible for renewable energy credits.
Introduced 1/12,
Postponed indefinitely by Senate Agriculture, Natural Resources & Energy 2/1
SB 246 Sen. John Cooke, Sen. Ray Scott

Renewable Energy Standard repeal Senate Bill 13-252
Modifies and repeals selected provisions of Senate Bill 252, passed in 2013:

  • Returns the renewable energy portfolio standard for cooperative electric associations serving 100,000 or more meters from 20% back to 10%.
  • Allows electricity produced by large, pre-existing hydroelectric facilities to count toward the renewable energy standard.
  • Reinstates a multiplier in the formula for calculation of renewable energy credits used to accelerate the construction of new solar generation.
  • Reduces the maximum retail rate impact of compliance with renewable energy standards from 2% back to 1%.
  • Eliminates reporting requirements and portfolio standards for cooperative electric associations that sell electricity wholesale.
Introduced 4/16, Postponed Indefinitely by Senate State, Veterans & Military Affairs 4/25

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SB 009 Sen. Stephen Fenberg, Sen. Kevin Priola, Rep. Faith Winter, Rep. Polly Lawrence

Allow Electric Utility Customers to Install Energy Storage Equipment
Declares that consumers of electricity have a right to install, interconnect and use electricity storage systems on their property. This will enhance the reliability and efficiency of the electric grid, save money, and reduce the need for additional electric generation facilities.

Directs the Colorado Public Utilities Commission to adopt rules governing the installation, interconnection, and use of customer-sited distributed electricity storage systems.

Introduced 1/10,
amended and passed by Senate 2/8, passed House 3/5, signed by Gov. John Hickenlooper 3/22

HB 1270 Rep. Chris Hansen, Rep. Jon Becker, Sen. Jack Tate

Public Utilities Commission Evaluation of Energy Storage Systems
Directs the Colorado Public Utilities Commission to establish mechanisms for the procurement of energy storage systems by investor-owned electric utilities, based on an analysis of costs and benefits as well as factors such as grid reliability and a reduction in the need for additional peak generation or transmission capacity.

Introduced 3/6, passed House 4/5, amended and passed Senate 4/23, Senate and House repass Conference Committee report 5/8, sent to Gov. John Hickenlooper for signature 5/22

HB 1382 Rep. Chris Hansen Energy Legislation Review Committee
Creates the Energy Legislation Review Committee to study energy development, grid security, energy supply and transmission planning, and other issues that affect energy policy in Colorado, beginning in 2019.
Introduced 4/11, House Transportation & Energy postponed indefinitely by House Legislative Council Committee 4/26
HB 1428 Rep. K.C. Becker, Sen. John Cooke

Utility Community Collaboration Contract
Authorizes an investor-owned utility to enter into a collaboration agreement with a city, county, town served by that utility, subject to approval by the Colorado Public Utilities Commission.

Introduced 4/25, pass House Transportation & Energy 5/3, pass House 5/7, postponed indefinitely Senate State, Veterans and Military Affairs 5/7

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HB 1107 Rep. Mike Weissman, Sen. Kevin Priola Prewire Residence For Electric Vehicle Charging Port
Requires builders of new residences to offer buyers the option to accommodate electric vehicle charging systems.
Introduced 1/18; passed House Transportation and Energy 2/8; passed House 2/14; Postponed Indefinitely by Senate Transportation 3/20
SB 047 Sen. Vicki Marble, Rep. Lori Saine

Repeal Tax Credits Innovative Vehicles
Repeals the state income tax credits for innovative motor vehicles and innovative trucks for purchase and leases on Jan. 1, 2019. Currently the tax credits are scheduled to expire in 2021.

Introduced 1/10; passed Senate Finance 2/6; amended and passed Senate Appropriations 3/13, passed Senate 3/23.
Postponed indefinitely House Transportation & Energy 4/18

SB 216 Sen. Kevin Priola, Sen. Angela Williams

Alternative Fuel Vehicle Charging by Public Utilities
Currently, resellers of electricity and natural gas may provide charging ports or fueling stations for motor vehicles as unregulated services. The bill authorizes public utilities to provide these services as regulated or unregulated services and allows cost recovery.

The bill allows a utility to apply to build facilities to support alternative fuel vehicles. Standards are set for approval. When a facility is built, the rate and charges for the services:

  • May allow a return on any investment made by an electric or natural gas public utility at the utility's weighted average cost of capital at the public utility's most recent rate of return on equity approved by the public utilities commission.
  • Must be recovered from all customers of an electric or natural gas public utility in a manner that is similar to the recovery of distribution system investments.
Introduced 3/19, postponed indefinitely by Senate Transportation 3/27

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TRANSPORTATION: Transit, Bicycles, Trails, Roadways

Bill No. Sponsors Title and description Status
SB 001 Sen. Randy Baumgardner, Sen. John Cooke, Rep. Terri Carver, Rep. Perry Buck

Transportation Infrastructure Funding
Requires the Colorado Transportation Commission to place a question on the November 2018 ballot asking state voters to authorize transportation revenue anticipation notes for critical priority transportation needs, with no increase in any taxes. The measure would be funded by crediting 10 percent of state sales and use tax net revenue to the state highway fund.

Introduced 1/10; amended and passed Senate 3/28, amended and passed House 5/8, Senate repasses w/ House amendments 5/8; sent to Gov. John Hickenlooper for signature 5/17
SB 144 Sen. Andy Kerr, Rep Yeulin Willett

Regulation of bicycles approaching intersections
Permits a municipality or county to adopt a local ordinance or resolution regulating the operation of bicycles approaching intersections, as follows:

  • Bicyclists approaching a stop sign must slow to a reasonable speed and, when safe to do so, may proceed through the intersection without stopping.
  • Bicyclists approaching stop light must stop at the intersection and, when safe to do so, may proceed through the intersection.

The bill sets the reasonable speed limit at 15 miles per hour. However, a municipality or county may lower the reasonable speed to 10 miles per hour or raise the limit to 20 miles per hour at any intersection, and is required to post signage indicating that speed limit at the intersection.

Introduced 1/29; passed Senate 2/21, amended and passed House Transportation and Energy 4/5, passed House 4/16

Senate considers House amendments, concur & repass 4/18

Signed by Gov. John Hickenlooper 5/3


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