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Bill Detail: SB21-200

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Title Reduce Greenhouse Gases Increase Environmental Justice
Status Senate Second Reading Laid Over to 12/09/2021 - No Amendments (06/07/2021)
Bill Subjects
  • Natural Resources & Environment
House Sponsors D. Jackson (D)
Senate Sponsors D. Moreno (D)
F. Winter (D)
House Committee
Senate Committee Transportation and Energy
Date Introduced 03/29/2021

Current law requires the air quality control commission (AQCC)
to adopt rules that will result in the statewide reduction of greenhouse gas

(GHG) emissions of 26% by 2025, 50% by 2030, and 90% by 2050, as
compared to 2005 emissions. Section 2 of the bill supplements these
requirements by:
  • Directing the AQCC to:
  • Consider the social cost of GHG emissions;
  • Require GHG reductions on a linear or more
stringent path; and
  • Finalize its implementing rules by March 1, 2022,
including specific net emission weight limits for
various emission sectors, subject to modification by
the AQCC, including through the use of a
multi-sector program;
  • Directing each wholesale generation and transmission
electric cooperative to file with the public utilities
commission a responsible energy plan that will achieve at
least an 80% GHG reduction by 2030 as compared to 2005
levels and specifying that if a plan is not filed, the
cooperative must achieve at least a 90% GHG reduction by
2030 as compared to 2005 levels; and
  • Directing each retail, wholesale, and municipal electric
utility and cooperative electric association to reduce its
GHG emissions by at least 95% between 2035 and 2040
and by 100% by 2040.
Section 3 adds GHG to the definition of regulated pollutant,
prohibits the AQCC from excluding GHG emissions from the
requirement to pay annual emission fees that are based on emissions of
regulated pollutants, gives the AQCC rule-making authority to set the
GHG annual emission fee, and authorizes the use of these fees for
outreach to and engagement of disproportionately impacted communities.
Section 4 requires the AQCC's GHG reporting rules to establish an
assumed emission rate representing the average regional fossil fuel
generation emission rate for electricity generated by a renewable energy
resource for which the associated renewable energy credit is not retired
in the year generated.
Section 5 creates an environmental justice ombudsperson position
and an environmental justice advisory board in the department of public
health and environment. The ombudsperson and the advisory board will
work collaboratively to promote environmental justice in Colorado.
Sections 2 and 5 specify processes for soliciting and facilitating input
from disproportionately impacted communities regarding proposed
AQCC rule changes and departmental decision-making.

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