April 21, 2019

SB 13-252: Encouraging Methane Capture Technologies by Increasing Colorado’s Renewable Energy Standard

On Wednesday, April 3, 2013, Sen. John Morse introduced SB 13-252 – Concerning Measures to Increase Colorado’s Renewable Energy Standard so as to Encourage the Deployment of Methane Capture Technologies.  This summary is published here courtesy of the Colorado Bar Association’s e-Legislative Report.

In the statute creating Colorado’s renewable energy standard, as introduced, the bill removes in-state preferences with respect to:

  • Wholesale distributed generation;
  • The 1.25 kilowatt-hour multiplier for each kilowatt-hour of electricity generated from eligible energy resources other than retail distributed generation;
  • The 1.5 kilowatt-hour multiplier for community-based projects; and
  • Policies the Colorado public utilities commission (PUC) must implement by rule to provide incentives to qualifying retail utilities to invest in eligible energy resources.

The bill also raises the percentage of retail electricity sales that must be achieved from eligible energy resources by cooperative electric associations that provide service to 100,000 meters or more from 10 to 25 percent, starting in 2020, and increases the allowable retail rate impact for cooperative electric associations from 1 to 2 percent.

The bill expands the definition of “eligible energy resources” that can be used to meet the standards to include coal mine methane and synthetic gas produced by pyrolysis of municipal solid waste, subject to a determination by the PUC that the production and use of these gases does not cause a net increase in greenhouse gas emissions.

The bill also implements a new eligible energy standard of 25 percent for generation and transmission cooperative electric associations that directly provide electricity at wholesale to cooperative electric associations in Colorado that are its members. The standard applies only to sales by these wholesale providers to their members in Colorado. The wholesale providers are required to make public reports of their annual progress toward meeting the standard by 2020. The PUC is granted no additional regulatory authority over these providers in the implementation of this standard.

On April 12, the Senate amended the bill and passed it on 2nd Reading.

Since this summary, the bill was passed in the Senate on Third Reading.

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