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Bill Detail: SB21-246

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Title Electric Utility Promote Beneficial Electrification
Status Governor Signed (06/21/2021)
Bill Subjects
  • Energy
  • Housing
  • Natural Resources & Environment
House Sponsors M. Froelich (D)
A. Valdez (D)
Senate Sponsors S. Fenberg (D)
House Committee Energy and Environment
Senate Committee Transportation and Energy
Date Introduced 04/16/2021
Summary

The bill directs the public utilities commission (PUC) to establish
energy savings targets and approve plans under which investor-owned

electric utilities will promote the use of energy-efficient electric
equipment in place of less efficient fossil-fuel-based systems. This
directive would substantially follow the model of existing demand-side
management (DSM) policies established by the PUC.
Section 1 of the bill declares that DSM has provided substantial
economic and environmental benefits, and the PUC's administration of
DSM has successfully carried out legislative intent; therefore, the PUC
is directed to implement the beneficial electrification programs and plans
using the same approach.
Sections 2 and 4 specify the parameters for these programs and
plans, including the types of systems and appliances that are eligible for
installation, the criteria to be considered when the PUC evaluates plan
proposals, the implementation of plans, utility cost-recovery mechanisms,
and performance incentives. Section 4 also requires that any installation,
upgrade, or new construction under a beneficial electrification program
must be performed either by utility employees or by qualified,
Colorado-licensed contractors.
Section 3 directs the PUC to apply current standards for
measurement of the social cost of carbon emissions, including methane,
in evaluating the cost, benefit, or net present value of utility plans and
proposals for beneficial electrification.
Section 5 makes a conforming amendment.

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