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Bill Detail: SB20-190


Title Boost Renewable Energy Transmission Investment
Status Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (06/03/2020)
Bill Subjects
  • Business & Economic Development
  • Energy
  • Natural Resources & Environment
House Sponsors
Senate Sponsors C. Hansen (D)
House Committee
Senate Committee Transportation and Energy
Date Introduced 03/03/2020

Section 1 of the bill directs the public utilities commission (PUC)
to approve utilities' applications to build new transmission facilities if the
PUC finds that the new facilities would assist the utilities in meeting the
state's clean energy goals established in 2019. Applications are deemed
approved if the PUC does not deny them within 180 days after completion

and public notice of the application.
Section 2 directs the PUC, as part of its ongoing docket regarding
evaluation of the benefits of a regional transmission organization, to
undertake and, by December 31, 2020, to complete a review of existing
and potential additional energy resource zones for renewable resource
generation development areas within Colorado. The purposes of the study
are to:
  • Identify planned electric transmission lines (lines) and
renewable resource generation development areas within
Colorado that have potential to support competition among
renewable energy developers for development of renewable
resource generation projects;
  • Evaluate opportunities to support transitions in electricity
generation by evaluating renewable resource generation
opportunities located in communities with substantial
economic activity and employment in the fossil fuel
industry; and
  • Identify opportunities for the development of renewable
  • For export to consumers outside of Colorado and
the potential to use new and existing transmission
capacity for export; and
  • To be interconnected to the transmission system in
a manner that promotes a reliable and integrated
transmission system and shifts the state away from
inefficient, radial transmission development.
Section 2 also amends the existing statute to narrow the scope of
the PUC's docket inquiry, including only consideration of regional
transmission organizations and removing references to energy imbalance
markets, power pools, and joint tariffs.
If a potential line in Colorado has been submitted to the PUC as
part of an electric resource plan based on the inclusion of planned lines
in the report the PUC is required to submit as part of its docket inquiry,
pursuant to existing requirements for transmission plan reporting, or
under a regional transmission plan required by another applicable federal
regional transmission planning requirement, section 2 allows bidders in
an electric resource plan to rely on the planned line for interconnection in
their proposals made pursuant to utility resource plans.
Under section 2, the PUC is directed to review clean energy
project bids without such bids being burdened by the cost of planned
lines. If the development of such lines would result in cost-effective
generation being developed to meet the state's clean energy goals, then
the PUC shall direct public utilities to submit those lines for approval and
construction in order to meet the state's 2030 clean energy goals and
The federal energy regulatory commission requires each public
utility transmission provider to participate in a regional transmission
planning process to produce a regional transmission plan. If construction
of a line in Colorado has been approved in a regional transmission plan
or by another applicable federal regional transmission planning
requirement, section 3 affords an incumbent electric utility owning the
existing transmission facilities to which the line will connect up to 180
days after the line has been approved to give written notice to the PUC
that the incumbent electric utility intends to construct, own, and maintain
the line. If the incumbent electric utility does not provide notice to the
PUC, the incumbent electric utility surrenders its right of first refusal to
construct, own, and maintain the line. If the incumbent electric utility
provides the notice, the incumbent electric utility, if it is subject to the
PUC's regulation, shall, within 24 months after filing the notice, file an
application with the PUC for a certificate of public convenience and
necessity to construct the line.
The right of first refusal is conditioned on the incumbent electric
utility having joined a regional transmission organization and exercising
the right of first refusal within ten years thereafter.

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