House Committee Passes Increase to Renewable Energy Standard, Takes Necessary Step in Repowering Colorado’s Economy

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Denver, CO – HB10-1001, today passed out of the Colorado State House Transportation and Energy Committee on a vote of 6-5. Sponsored by Representative Max Tyler (D-Lakewood/Golden), House Bill 1001 calls for an increase in the state’s Renewable Energy Standard from 20 percent to 30 percent by 2020.

“With the passage of this bill out of committee it is clear that Colorado leaders are focused on putting Colorado’s enormous renewable energy potential front and center in building the New Energy Economy.  Not only is Colorado implementing clean energy solutions that play a central role in rebuilding our economy, but also cutting global warming, air, and water pollution, protecting wildlife habitat, and creating sustainable local economies.”

“We won’t rebuild Colorado’s economy tomorrow, but we can get started today. An increase to Colorado’s renewable energy standard will ensure we take advantage of an opportunity to put Coloradan’s back to work and recover from the downturn by solving our nation’s energy crisis.”

“We have the 5th best solar resource in the country and we should take advantage of them. Building Colorado’s use of renewable energy means building the new energy economy by harvesting one of the state’s richest resources.”