Colorado Passes Renewable Energy Bill

Requires Xcel Energy and Aquila to increase amount of electricity from renewable resouces

Published: 10-Feb-2004

House Bill 1273, sponsored by Rep. Lola Spradley, R-Beulah, passed the Colorado House of Representatives by a vote of 39-26 Monday.

The bill would require Xcel Energy Inc. and Aquila Inc. to increase the amount of electricity used in Colorado generated by renewable resources. Xcel supports the bill, which passes the costs of building or buying the new resources along to ratepayers.

The bill moves to the Senate for consideration. Similar bills have died in the last two legislative sessions. Last year's bill passed the House and lost by a single vote in the Senate.

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