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Colorado's public lands are faced with new challenges but water and land management depend on working together. Read about the relationship between water and land in Colorado and how Coloradans are converging to restore Colorado's public lands in the Spring 2018 issue of Headwaters magazine.

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Significant New Energy Legislation in the General Assembly's 2007 Session

  • HB 1281 requires a 20 percent renewable energy portfolio by 2020 for investor-owned utilities.
    • Provides for non-investor owned and municipal-owned utility 10 percent renewable energy portfolio by 2020.
    • Benchmarks are complemented by legislation that sets up infrastructure for a renewable energy economy.
  • HB 1037 directs the Colorado Public Utilities Commission to set goals and policies that provide incentives for investor-owned electric and gas utilities to partner with their consumers to become far more efficient than at present.
  • HB 1279 provides tax credits for renewable energy producers. For example, it brought the Danish company Vestas to Weld County. Vestas is the global leader in wind turbine manufacturing.
  • SB 246 provides for a Clean Energy Fund for the purpose of advancing energy efficiency and renewable energy throughout the state, administered by the Governor's Energy Office.
  • HB 1150 establishes a state funding mechanism, the Clean Energy Authority, to leverage bond proceeds and provides government backed loan guarantees through a public authority for the purpose of building transmission capacity for renewable resources.
  • SB 100 requires PUC-jurisdictional utilities to identify energy resource zones for transmission development, providing current cost recovery as an incentive to build transmission lines to Colorado's renewable resource rich zones.
  • SB 91 creates the 16-member Renewable Resource Generation Task Force to utilize sophisticated geographic information systems that will map out resources and load centers for the purpose of planning projects, including transmission capability, to meet increasing demand and renewable energy supply from rural areas.
    • Will conduct at least four meetings, open to the public, to identify renewable resource development areas.
    • Will consist of representatives from investor-owned utilities, solar, wind, and less mainstream renewable energy fields, agriculture, municipal utilities, the general assembly, local interest, NREL and others.
  • uHB 1341, applicable to the Oil and Gas Commission, calls for responsible, balanced development that includes protection of the environment and wildlife resources. This act re-defines waste and states that waste does not include any action taken by the commission to protect the public health, safety, and welfare, including protection of the environment and wildlife resources. It changes the composition of the commission.
    • Increases board to nine from seven members.
    • The two new members include the executive director of the Department of Natural Resources and the executive director of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.
    • Changes composition of the other seven members.
    • Three must be from the oil and gas industry, of which two shall have college degrees in petroleum geology or petroleum engineering;
    • One must be a local government official;
    • One must have a background in environmental or wildlife protection;
    • One must have a background in soil conservation or reclamation; and
    • One must have a background in agricultural who is also a royalty owner.
    • SB 198 provides for monitoring coalbed methane seepage. Money is to be appropriated from the oil & gas conservation and environmental response fund. Money will be used to monitor seepage in Archuleta and La Plata counties.
  • HB 1252 clarifies the relationship between oil and gas operators and surface property owners. Basically, oil and gas operators have to minimize their impact where it is technologically sound, economically practicable, and reasonable to do so. If the oil and gas operator fails, then the property owner has a cause of action against them.
  • HB 1298, the Colorado Habitat Stewardship Act of 2007, states that it is in the public interest to manage oil and gas operations in a manner that balances wildlife conservation. The Oil and Gas Commission is directed to minimize adverse impacts to wildlife resources and consult with the Wildlife Commission.

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