Colorado General Assembly: Oppose Senate Bill 13-252: Increasing Renewable Energy Standards
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Colorado General Assembly: Oppose Senate Bill 13-252: Increasing Renewable Energy Standards

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      Craig Chamber of Commerce

SB 252 places arbitrary mandates on selected electric cooperatives that would result in increased rates for Colorado residents and incure billions of dollars in capital improvement costs for Tri-State Generation and Transmission.

Impacts of SB 13-252:

·         Rural Colorado consumers will be forced to shoulder increased costs of this increase in the renewable energy mandate – this bill will increase costs to non-profit rural utilities by billions of dollars.

·         Replaces Colorado’s current renewable energy standard (which treats all electric cooperatives equally) with a system that categorizes cooperatives using arbitrary criteria.

·         Expands the definition of eligible energy resources to include coal mine methane and “trash-to-gas” but does not include zero-greenhouse gas emission sources, such as large hydropower.

 

What the bill does:

·         Increases by 150% the current renewable energy mandate. Currently, co-ops that provide service to 100,000 meters must have 10% of their electricity from renewable resources by 2020. This bill increases that to 25% by 2020.

·         Requires that Tri-State Generation and Transmission generate at least 25% of the energy it provides to its Colorado members from eligible energy resources by the year 2020.

·         Increases costs to all cooperatives that receive electricity from the Tri-State Generation and Transmission.

·         Inappropriately dictates that Tri-State G&T can recover its increased energy costs and capital improvement costs ONLY from its Colorado members, which will force Tri-State G&T to reconfigure its current rate structure, so that more than half of its members to shoulder the entire burden of this mandate.

·         The bill requires distribution cooperatives to obtain at least 1% of their individual retail sales of electricity from distributed generation sources.

·         The bill expands the definition of "eligible energy resources" to include coal mine methane and synthetic gas produced from pyrolysis ("trash to gas") if the Colorado PUC finds that the electricity generated from those resources are "greenhouse gas neutral."

·         The bill limits the amount that distribution co-ops can increase rates as a result of the mandate to 2% of the total annual electric bill for each customer. However, there is no such rate cap for Tri-State. In theory, a distribution co-op could cease using the additional renewable energy from Tri-State if doing so caused its rates to increase by more than 2%. However, Tri-State would have to continue to generate the electricity, regardless of cost.

 

·         Tri-State would be required to submit an annual report to the PUC each year describing how it complied with the ERS and whether it will meet the 2020 standard.

 

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    • Heather Harris BEDROCK, CO
      • over 1 year ago

      If signed, it will be detrimental to our small western Colorado community's as it will shut down most of our local jobs, and force us into a recession.

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    • Karleen Fekete MONUMENT, CO
      • over 1 year ago

      I feel there are more underlying reasons for this bill to pass. I feel some how that if we raise the rates that the people living out in rural area will move into the city because it will be cheaper and then Hickenlooper can push forward on more fracking in the rural ares. Also, this will discourage the movement to more solar power dependancy and alternative power so we will stay more dependant on natural gas which also supports Hickenloopers Fracking paybacks!!!

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    • Claudia Karsh AURORA, CO
      • over 1 year ago

      This bill is a non-partisan jammed through bill. It will cause enormous electrical bill increases without actually doing anything that the proponents say it will do. STOP The legislature should have no say in private utilities. All in the name of failed and failing GREEN ENERGY.

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    • Thomas Garner BAILEY, CO
      • over 1 year ago

      Why should I be forced to subsidize electrical power for John Morse's constituents?

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    • Greg Springfield CANON CITY, CO
      • over 1 year ago

      My rates have tripled in the last 10 years, enough is enough!

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