Policy and Legislative Information
EPA CLEAN POWER PLAN
The Clean Power Plan – a historic and important step in reducing carbon pollution from power plants that takes real action on climate change. Announced in August 2015 by President Obama and the Environmental Protection Agency, the plan is shaped by years of unprecedented outreach and public engagement. The final Clean Power Plan is designed to strengthen the fast-growing trend toward cleaner and lower-polluting American energy. Colorado is starting to work on its own plan implementing the Clean Power Plan .
Link to main EPA page
Link to Colorado Clean Power Plan Page
COSEIA CLEAN POWER PLAN COMMENTS
-COSEIA Oral Comments to EPA 11-17-15 by Rebecca Cantwell and John Bringenberg
-COSEIA Formal Comments to EPA 11-25-15 by Rebecca Cantwell and John Bringenberg
-COSEIA Clean Power Comments to EPA 1-21-16 by Rebecca Cantwell and John Bringenberg
Key State Bills of Interest to the Solar Community
- Senate Bill 252 : Renewable Energy Standard Retail Wholesale Methane
- HB11-1199 : Fair Permit Act
- HB10-1001 : Renewable Energy Standard 30% by 2020
- HB07-1281 : Renewable Energy Standard for Co-op Utilities
- HB10-1342 : Community Solar Gardens
- SB09-51 : Net Metering & 3rd Party Financing
Learn about Senate Bill 252
To Expand Solar and Other Renewable Energies in Colorado
2013 Senate Bill 252 was signed into law on June 5th, 2013. SB13-252 increases the portion of Colorado’s Renewable Energy Standard and adds new eligible resources. SB13-252 aims to achieve multiple aspects of Colorado’s energy priorities including promoting economic development and energy-market advances, encouraging Colorado based clean and innovative energy solutions, increasing energy security and protecting the environment. Click here to learn more.
‘Fair Permit Act’ Signed by Governor Hickenlooper
Solar Permit Costs Are Coming Down in Colorado
In 2011 Governor Hickenlooper signed the ‘Fair Permit Act’ HB-1199 into law. The ‘Act’ had overwhelming support from the Senate (33-2 vote) and House (64-1 vote). The Fair Permit Act helps lower local and state permit fees for solar PV and thermal installations across Colorado. Not only does this legislation extend existing caps on solar permit fees through 2018 – which is important since these caps were set to expire at the end of this month – but it also closes loopholes to further reduce costs. This is significant because the solar permit process adds about $2,516 per U.S. residential installation on average, according to a recent national study by SunRun, and can exceed tens of thousands of dollars for large-scale installations.and now heads to Governor Hickenlooper’s desk to be signed into law.
Looking for a particular piece of legislation? Visit the Colorado General Assembly website for a comprehensive listing of current and past legislation.