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Bill Detail: HB19-1313

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Title Electric Utility Plans To Further Reduce Carbon Dioxide Emissions
Status Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole (05/02/2019)
Bill Subjects
  • Business & Economic Development
  • Energy
  • Natural Resources & Environment
  • Public Health
House Sponsors K. Becker (D)
C. Hansen (D)
Senate Sponsors F. Winter (D)
K. Priola (R)
House Committee Health and Insurance
Senate Committee State, Veterans and Military Affairs
Date Introduced 04/05/2019

Section 1 of the bill repeals laws that allow an electric utility to
own, as rate-based property, new eligible energy resources without
competitive bidding if certain conditions are satisfied.

Section 2 supplements the existing renewable energy standards
statute by establishing targets for the reduction of carbon dioxide
emissions from electricity generation by utilities serving more than
500,000 customers, with the opportunity for other utilities to opt in. The
targets are:
  • By 2030, an 80% reduction in carbon dioxide emission
levels compared to 2005 levels; and
  • For 2050 and thereafter, a goal of a 100% reduction in
carbon dioxide emission levels.
Section 2 also directs qualifying retail utilities to submit plans to
the public utilities commission (PUC) as part of their ongoing resource
acquisition planning process to address the clean energy targets. A clean
energy plan must detail the actions and investments the utility intends to
undertake, including specifying the new resources and infrastructure
proposed to be used; the anticipated effects of the plan on the safety,
reliability, and resilience of the overall electric system; the methods
proposed for measuring carbon dioxide reductions; and the costs of
implementation, which must be reasonable.
The approval process also includes participation by the division of
administration within the department of public health and environment
regarding the measurement of carbon dioxide emission reductions and
predictions as to whether the clean energy plan will achieve the desired
A utility implementing a clean energy plan may recover its costs
of implementation through rates, as approved by the PUC, and own any
generating resources and infrastructure necessary to effectuate the plan.
The utility is required to use a competitive bidding process to fill the
cumulative resource need identified in its next electric resource plan that
includes a clean energy plan filed after January 1, 2020.
Each utility that receives approval of a clean energy plan is
required to report to the governor, the PUC, and the air quality control
commission on a list of matters, including its progress in implementing
the plan and in reducing carbon dioxide emissions.
The bill strengthens an existing provision requiring electric
resource acquisition decisions to be made with consideration of best
value employment metrics and the use of Colorado labor by requiring a
utility to obtain and provide to the PUC relevant documentation on these
topics, including the availability of apprenticeship programs registered
with the United States department of labor.

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