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Senate Bill 13-252

Senate Bill 13-252

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First Regular SessionSixty-ninth General Assembly
STATE OF COLORADO
INTRODUCED
 
LLS NO. 13-0962.01 Duane Gall x4335
SENATE BILL 13-252
Senate CommitteesHouse Committees
State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
A BILL FOR AN ACTC
ONCERNING MEASURES TO INCREASE
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OLORADO
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S RENEWABLE
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ENERGY STANDARD SO AS TO ENCOURAGE THE DEPLOYMENT OF
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METHANE CAPTURE TECHNOLOGIES
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Bill Summary
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced and doesnot reflect any amendments that may be subsequently adopted. If this bill  passes third reading in the house of introduction, a bill summary that applies to the reengrossed version of this bill will be available at http://www.leg.state.co.us/billsummaries.)
In the statute creating Colorado's renewable energy standard, the bill removes in-state preferences with respect to:
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Wholesale distributed generation;
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The 1.25 kilowatt-hour multiplier for each kilowatt-hour of 
SENATE SPONSORSHIP
Morse and Schwartz,
Carroll, Giron, Jahn, Jones, Nicholson, Steadman
HOUSE SPONSORSHIP
Ferrandino and Duran,
Court, Hamner, Hullinghorst, Kraft-Tharp, McLachlan, Moreno,Rosenthal, Ryden, Schafer, Vigil, Young
Shading denotes HOUSE amendment. Double underlining denotes SENATE amendment.
Capital letters indicate new material to be added to existing statute.Dashes through the words indicate deletions from existing statute.
 
electricity generated from eligible energy resources other than retail distributed generation;
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The 1.5 kilowatt-hour multiplier for community-based projects; and
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Policies the Colorado public utilities commission (PUC)must implement by rule to provide incentives to qualifyingretail utilities to invest in eligible energy resources.The bill also raises the percentage of retail electricity sales thatmust be achieved from eligible energy resources by cooperative electricassociations that provide service to 100,000 meters or more from 10% to25%, starting in 2020, and increases the allowable retail rate impact for cooperative electric associations from 1% to 2%.The bill expands the definition of "eligible energy resources" thatcan be used to meet the standards to include coal mine methane andsynthetic gas produced by pyrolysis of municipal solid waste, subject toa determination by the PUC that the production and use of these gasesdoes not cause a net increase in greenhouse gas emissions.The bill also implements a new eligible energy standard of 25% for generation and transmission cooperative electric associations that directly provide electricity at wholesale to cooperative electric associations inColorado that are its members. The standard applies only to sales by thesewholesale providers to their members in Colorado. The wholesale providers are required to make public reports of their annual progresstoward meeting the standard by 2020. The PUC is granted noadditional regulatory authority over these providers in the implementationof this standard.
 Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Colorado:
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SECTION 1.
In Colorado Revised Statutes, 40-2-124,
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(1)2introductory portion, (1) (a), (1) (c) (II) (A), (1) (c) (III), (1) (c) (V)3introductory portion, (1) (c) (V) (D), (1) (c) (VI) introductory portion, (1)4(f) introductory portion, (1) (g) (I) (A), and (1) (g) (IV) (A); and
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(1)5(c) (V.5) and (8) as follows:6
40-2-124. Renewable energy standards - qualifying retail and
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wholesale utilities - definitions - net metering - legislative declaration.
8(1) Each provider of retail electric service in the state of Colorado, other 9than municipally owned utilities that serve forty thousand customers or 10SB13-252
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fewer, shall be considered
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a qualifying retail utility. Each qualifying1retail utility, with the exception of cooperative electric associations that2have voted to exempt themselves from commission jurisdiction pursuant3to section 40-9.5-104 and municipally owned utilities, shall be
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subject4to the rules established under this article by the commission. No5additional regulatory authority of 
IS PROVIDED TO
the commission other 6than that specifically contained in this section. is provided or implied. In7accordance with article 4 of title 24, C.R.S., the commission shall revise8or clarify existing rules to establish the following:9(a) Definitions of eligible energy resources that can be used to10meet the standards. "Eligible energy resources" means recycled energy11and renewable energy resources. I
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RESOURCES USING COAL
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MINE METHANE AND SYNTHETIC GAS PRODUCED BY PYROLYSIS OF
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MUNICIPAL SOLID WASTE ARE ELIGIBLE ENERGY RESOURCES IF THE
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COMMISSION DETERMINES THAT THE ELECTRICITY GENERATED BY THOSE
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RESOURCES ARE GREENHOUSE GAS NEUTRAL
. The commission shall16determine, following an evidentiary hearing, the extent to which such17electric generation technologies utilized in an optional pricing program18may be used to comply with this standard. A fuel cell using hydrogen19derived from an eligible energy resource is also an eligible electric20generation technology. Fossil and nuclear fuels and their derivatives are21not eligible energy resources. For purposes of this section:22(I) "Biomass" means:23(A) Nontoxic plant matter consisting of agricultural crops or their 24 byproducts, urban wood waste, mill residue, slash, or brush;25(B) Animal wastes and products of animal wastes; or 26(C) Methane produced at landfills or as a by-product of the27SB13-252
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