2019 Colorado Legislature clean energy bills

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Last updated April 1, 2019

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The 2019 legislative session opened Jan. 4, 2019, and adjourns May 8, 2019.

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Bill No. Sponsors Title and description Status
SB 096 Sen. Kerry Donovan, Rep. Chris Hansen Collect Long-term Climate Change Data
Requires the Colorado Air Quality Control Commission to collect greenhouse gas emissions data from greenhouse gas-emitting entities, report on the data, including a forecast of future emissions, and propose a draft rule to address the emissions by July 1, 2020.
Introduced 1/23, passed Senate Transportation & Energy 3/21, referred to Senate Appropriations
HB 1188 Rep. Emily Sirota, Rep. Marc Snyder

Include Greenhouse Gas Pollution Impact In Fiscal Notes
Beginning with the 2020 Legislative Session, requires Legislative Council to add greenhouse gas emissions information in its fiscal note reports on pending legislation. Specifically, the fiscal notes must include an assessment of whether the pending legislation is likely to directly cause a net increase or decrease in emissions in the 10-year period following its enactment.

Legislative Council is called on to work with the Colorado Department of Natural Resources, the Colorado Energy Office and other relevant state agencies to develop policies and procedures for writing these assessments.

Introduced 2/19/19; amended and passed House Energy & Environment 3/4; referred to House Appropriations

HB 1261 Rep. KC Becker, Rep. Dominique Jackson, Sen. Faith Winter, Sen. Angela Williams Climate Action Plan To Reduce Pollution
Sets higher greenhouse gas emissions reductions goals for Colorado, calling for the state to reduce 2025 greenhouse gas emissions by at least 26%, 2030 greenhouse gas emissions by at least 50%, and 2050 greenhouse gas emissions by at least 90% compared to the levels of greenhouse gas emissions that existed in 2005.
Introduced 3/21, assigned to House Energy & Environment
HB 1270 Rep. Emily Sirota, Rep. Chris Hansen

PERA Public Employees' Retirement Association Board Assess Climate-related Financial Risks
Requires the Board of Trustees of the Public Employees' Retirement Association (PERA) to retain an organization with experience in public sector pension plans to conduct a study to analyze any climate-related financial risk to the total assets of the PERA fund.

Introduced 3/25, assigned to House Finance and House Appropriations

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Bill No. Sponsors Title and description Status
HB 1231 Rep. Meg Froelich, Rep. Cathy Kipp

New Appliance Energy and Water Efficiency Standards
Updates standards and adopts some new standards for water efficiency and energy efficiency for a list of consumer and commercial appliances, light bulbs and other products.

The standards are based on state standards, federal ENERGY STAR and WaterSense specifications, industry standards in most cases or specified by statute.

The standards apply to new products sold or installed in Colorado and are phased in over a period of three years, with light bulbs beginning in 2020, air compressors and portable air conditioners beginning in 2022, and all other listed products beginning in 2021.

Maintains water efficiency standards on certain products that were added to the Colorado statutes in 2014.

Sales of noncomplying products after the effective date of the applicable standard is defined as a deceptive trade practice under the Colorado Consumer Protection Act.

Introduced 3/8, passed House Energy & Environment 3/25

HB 1260 Rep. Cathy Kipp, Rep. Alex Valdez, Sen. Faith Winter Building Energy Codes
Requires city and county governments to adopt one of the three most recent versions of the International Energy Conservation Code at a minimum, upon updating any other building code, and encourages local jurisdictions to inform the Colorado Energy Office about these changes once adopted.
Introduced 3/20, assigned to House Energy & Environment
HB 1272 Rep. Shannon Bird, Sen. Faith Winter, Sen. Kevin Priola

Allowing Housing Authority Property in Colorado New Energy Improvement District
The Colorado New Energy Improvement District (NEID) administers a commercial property assessed clean energy program (C-PACE) through which an owner of eligible real property, which includes residential properties having at least 5 dwelling units (eligible property), may finance energy improvements to the eligible property by joining the NEID and agreeing to pay a NEID special assessment against the eligible property.

A city, county, or multi-jurisdictional housing authority and its properties, whether owned or leased, are generally exempt from the payment of special assessments to the state or any political subdivision of the state.

The bill clarifies that this exemption does not preclude a housing authority, an entity in which a housing authority has an ownership interest, or a lessor who leases real property to or from a housing authority, from voluntarily applying to include eligible real property that it owns into the boundaries of the NEID and accepting the levying of a NEID special assessment against the eligible property.

Introduced 3/25, assigned to House Energy & Environment



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Bill No. Sponsors Title and description Status
HB 1003 Rep. Chris Hansen

Community Solar Gardens Modernization Act
Amends existing law governing community solar gardens by:

  • Increasing the maximum size of a community solar garden from 2 megawatts to 10 megawatts
  • Removing the requirement that a subscriber's physical location be in the same county as, or a county adjacent to, that of the community solar garden, while retaining the requirement that it be within the service territory of the same electric utility.

Introduced 1/4; passed House Energy and Environment 1/17; passed House Appropriations 2/28; passed House 2nd reading 3/29

HB 1165 Rep. Rod Pelton, Sen. Kerry Donovan, Sen. Dennis Hisey On-site Wind Turbine Manufacturing Property Tax Exemption
For property tax years 2020 through 2029, the bill exempts from property tax business personal property used to manufacture wind turbines or components of wind turbines at the site where the wind turbines will be placed into service.
Introduced 1/30,
Postponed indefinitely by House Energy & Environment 2/11

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Bill No. Sponsors Title and description Status
HB 1037 Rep. Chris Hansen

Colorado Energy Impact Assistance Act
Authorizes electric utilities to apply to the Colorado Public Utilities Commission for approval to issue bonds to offset rate increases that might otherwise occur when a power plant is retired.

A portion of bond proceeds will also provide transition assistance for Colorado workers and communities directly affected by the retirement of power plants.

Introduced 1/4; amended and passed House Energy and Environment 2/11; passed House 3/4; assigned to Senate Agriculture & Natural Resources 3/7

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Bill No. Sponsors Title and description Status
SB 077 Sen. Kevin Priola, Sen. Angela Williams, Rep. Chris Hansen

Electric Motor Vehicles Public Utility Services
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 1/11, passed Senate Business, Labor & Technology 2/27; passed Senate 3/8; assigned to House Transportation & Local Government

Hearing Tuesday, April 9, in House Transportation & Local Government Committee

HB 1159 Rep. Sonya Jaquez Lewis, Rep. Matt Gray, Sen. Jessie Danielson

Modify Innovative Motor Vehicle Income Tax Credits
Extends the number of years of the existing income tax credits for the purchase or lease of an electric motor vehicle, a plug-in hybrid electric motor vehicle, and an original equipment manufacturer electric truck and plug-in hybrid electric truck.

Vehicle purchase tax credit

  • Maintains $5,000 tax credit through 1/1/2020
  • Extends $4,000 tax credit from present 1/1/2021 to 1/1/2023
  • Extends $2,500 tax credit from present 1/1/2022 to 1/1/2026

Also extends higher tax credit amounts for electric trucks in three weight categories.

Vehicle lease tax credit

  • Maintains $2,500 tax credit through 1/1/2020
  • Extends $2,000 tax credit from present 1/1/2021 to 1/1/2023
  • Extends $1,500 tax credit from present 1/1/2022 to 1/1/2026

Also extends higher tax credit amounts for electric trucks in three weight categories.

Introduced 1/29, passed House Energy & Environment 2/25, passed House Finance 3/11, referred to House Appropriations 3/11.

HB 1198 Rep. Alex Valdez, Rep. Donald Valdez, Sen. Jeff Bridges, Sen. Kevin Priola

Electric Vehicle Grant Fund
Modifies the statute governing the Electric Vehicle Grant Fund to allow the fund to:

  • Be used to administer grants for the installation of charging stations for electric vehicles.
  • Prioritize grants based on criteria defined by the Colorado Energy Office.
  • Fully fund installation of charging stations and offset station operating costs.

The bill also requires the money in the fund to be continuously appropriated to the Colorado Energy Office.

Introduced 2/20/19, passed House Energy & Environment 3/4; passed House 3/8; passed Senate Transportation & Energy 3/26, passed Senate 2nd reading 3/29

HB 1199 Rep. Alex Valdez, Sen. Brittany Pettersen, Sen. Faith Winter

Colorado Clean Pass Act
Allows drivers of plug-in electric vehicles to use high-occupancy vehicle lanes regardless of the number of passengers in the vehicle, and allows drivers to pay a reduced toll fee for use of highway express lanes or HOV toll lanes, for the vehicle registration period covering July 1, 2020, and July 1, 2022.

Specific vehicle registration fees to cover access to express and HOV lanes still apply.

Introduced 2/20/19; amended and passed House Energy & Environment 3/4; referred to House Finance

HB 19-1221 Rep. James Coleman, Rep. Alex Valdez, Sen. Jeff Bridges, Sen. Brittany Pettersen

Regulation of Electric Scooters

  • Excludes electric scooters from the definition of "toy vehicle" and includes electric scooters in the definition of "motor vehicle," thus authorizing the use of electric scooters on roadways.
  • Grants riders of electric scooters the same rights and duties that riders of electrical assisted bicycles have under the laws of the state.
  • Authorizes local governments to regulate electric scooters in ways no more restrictive than regulations governing electrical assisted bicycles.
Introduced 3/5, passed House Transportation & Local Government 3/19, passed House 3/22, assigned to Senate Transportation & Energy 3/26



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TRANSPORTATION: Vehicle Emissions

Bill No. Sponsors Title and description Status
SB 053 Sen. John Cooke California Motor Vehicle Emission Standards
Prohibits the Colorado Air Quality Control Commission from adopting motor vehicle emission standards that are more stringent than federal standards, and from adopting the California motor vehicle emission standards and test procedures unless they are the same as the federal standards.
Introduced 1/8, Postponed indefinitely by Senate Health and Human Services, 2/14

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TRANSPORTATION: Pedestrians and Cyclists

Bill No. Sponsors Title and description Status
SB 19-175 Sen. Mike Foote, Rep. Dylan Roberts

Serious Bodily Injury Vulnerable Road User Penalties
Increases penalties imposed on the driver of a motor vehicle who causes serious bodily injury to a "vulnerable road user," which includes pedestrians, cyclists, road maintenance workers and emergency responders.

Introduced 3/1, Senate Judiciary laid over 3/18





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