DENVER—Today, the House Transportation and Energy Committee passed a critical piece of legislation that commits the embattled Colorado Energy Office to promote all forms of energy produced in the state. Senate Bill 18-003, sponsored by Representative Jon Becker (R-Fort Morgan), adds nuclear, hydroelectric and propane, as well as energy storage, to the Energy Office’s list of resources it promotes. Additionally, the bill eliminates numerous renewable energy programs that have failed to launch or have received insufficient support within the state, and broadens the Office’s mandate to include more traditional forms of energy.
“This bipartisan bill puts this Colorado Energy Office on stable financial footing, and ensures all of Colorado’s energy sources are part of its promotional portfolio,” said Becker. “Technology is quickly changing Colorado’s energy landscape, and I am excited to see a bipartisan effort to promote new energy storage, and other innovations that can profoundly reduce Coloradan’s energy costs.”
Among other provisions, Senate Bill 18-003: amends the office’s requirement to develop and encourage increased utilization of energy curricula; expands the collaborative groups to include the energy industry and executive departments from all sources of energy; and renames the clean and renewable energy fund as simply the ‘energy fund’ and adds the authority to spend the money in the fund for educating the general public on all energy issues and opportunities.