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Bill Detail: HB22-1104

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Title Powerline Trails
Status Governor Signed (04/13/2022)
Bill Subjects
  • Energy
House Sponsors A. Boesenecker (D)
Senate Sponsors K. Priola (R)
J. Bridges (D)
House Committee Transportation and Local Government
Senate Committee Transportation and Energy
Date Introduced 01/20/2022
Summary

The bill:
  • Allows transmission providers to enter into contracts with
public entities or private landowners to construct and
maintain public recreational trails (powerline trails)
covering a tract of land where transmission lines are or will
be constructed (transmission corridor);
  • Allows transmission providers to include certain
contractual provisions in powerline trail contracts;
  • Allows transmission providers to recover costs incurred in
implementing and complying with the bill through an
increase in rates;
  • Requires transmission providers to develop and maintain
informational resources to encourage the construction of
new powerline trails;
  • Requires a transmission provider, when siting or expanding
a transmission line, to notify local governments of the
potential for a powerline trail in the associated transmission
corridor;
  • Requires a transmission provider, when applying for a
permit with a local government to develop in an area of
state interest, to demonstrate compliance with the
requirement to notify local governments of the potential for
a powerline trail and to develop and maintain informational
resources encouraging construction of new powerline trails;
  • Requires the public utilities commission to amend its rules
to also require electric public utilities in the state to
consider plans for the construction of new powerline trails
and with the requirement to develop and maintain
informational resources on powerline trails;
  • Requires the Colorado electric transmission authority
(CETA) to arrange for the continuation of any existing
powerline trail contracts before entering into a project or
divesting a facility; and
  • Requires the CETA to give priority for project solicitations
to electric utilities and other entities that demonstrate an
interest in continuing or creating a powerline trail.

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