Legislative Activity

Colorado - 2021


HB21-1238 - Public Utilities Commission Modernize Gas Utility Demand-side Management Standards

Sponsored By: Rep. Tracey Bernett | Sen. Chris Hansen

Bill Summary

This bill revises some of the basic policies guiding gas utility energy efficiency programs in Colorado. It directs the PUC to set energy savings targets for gas utility programs based on the maximum cost-effective and achievable energy savings potential. It reforms the cost effectiveness analysis of gas energy efficiency programs by requiring valuation of avoided carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions. And it calls for use of a relatively low social discount rate for determining lifecycle costs and benefits of energy efficiency investments made by consumers. The objective of these policies is to expand energy efficiency programs implemented by gas utilities.

SWEEP supported this bill and it passed.

Bill Activity

  • As of Mar. 22, 2021: Introduced In House - Assigned to Energy & Environment
  • As of Apr. 8, 2021: House Committee on Energy & Environment Witness Testimony and/or Committee Discussion Only
  • As of Apr. 29, 2021: House Committee on Energy & Environment Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
  • As of May 5, 2021: House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
  • As of May 10, 2021: Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Transportation & Energy
  • As of May 27, 2021: Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
  • As of June 17, 2021: Sent to the Governor
  • As of June 24, 2021: Governor Signed

HB21-1266 - Environmental Justice Disproportionate Impacted Community

Sponsored By: Rep. Dominique Jackson | Rep. Mike Weissman | Sen. Faith Winter | Sen. Janet Buckner

Bill Summary

Concerning efforts to redress the effects of environmental injustice on disproportionately impacted communities, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.

SWEEP supported this bill and it passed.

Bill Activity

  • As of June 8, 2021: Senate Third Reading Passed with Amendments - Floor

HB21-1286 - Energy Performance in Buildings

Sponsored By: Rep. Cathy Kipp | Rep. Alex Valdez | Sen. Kevin Priola | Sen. Brittany Petersen

Bill Summary

Based on successful policies already in place in Colorado cities and throughout the nation, this bill requires most large commercial, multifamily, and public buildings over 50,000 square feet to measure and report their energy use annually through ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager, and then makes that data public in an online resource similar to www.energizedenver.org so that the market can recognize, reward, and drive efficient, high-performing properties. Then, it requires lower-performing buildings to make upgrades every five years using one of several flexible compliance paths.

SWEEP supported this bill and it passed.

Bill Activity

  • As of Apr. 21, 2021: Introduced In House - Assigned to Energy & Environment
  • As of May 6, 2021: House Committee on Energy & Environment Refer Amended to Finance
  • As of May 17, 2021: House Committee on Finance Refer Amended to Appropriations
  • As of May 26, 2021: Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Finance
  • As of June 8, 2021: House Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass
  • As of June 21, 2021: Sent to the Governor

SB21-200 - Reduce Greenhouse Gases Increase Environmental Justice

Sponsored By: Sen. Faith Winter | Sen. Dominick Moreno | Rep. Dominique Jackson

Bill Summary

Concerning measures to further environmental protections, and, in connection therewith, adopting measures to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases and adopting protections for disproportionately impacted communities.

SWEEP supported this bill which was defeated.

Bill Activity

  • As of April 28, 2021: Senate Committee on Finance Refer Unamended to Appropriations
  • As of May 12, 2021: Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
  • As of May 14, 2021: Senate Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
  • As of May 28, 2021: Senate Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
  • As of June 7, 2021: Senate Second Reading Laid Over to 12/09/2021 - No Amendments

SB21-246 - Electric Utility Promote Beneficial Electrification

Sponsored By: Sen. Stephen Fenberg

Bill Summary

This bill directs Colorado's regulated electric utilities (Xcel Energy and Black Hills Energy) to encourage their customers to voluntarily purchase and install high-efficiency electric heat pumps, heat pump water heaters, and other beneficial electrification measures. The bill directs the PUC to set electrification targets for utility electrification programs, followed by the utilities developing plans to meet the electrification targets. The PUC will approve a utility’s BEB plan as long as it reduces net greenhouse gas emissions and is cost-effective including valuation of avoided carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions. A utility’s BEB plan must include one or more programs targeted to low-income households. Utility BEB programs are expected to include incentives, education and training and other activities to increase the adoption of high efficiency heat pumps and other electrification measures.

SWEEP supported this bill and it passed.

Bill Activity

  • As of Apr. 16, 2021: Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Transportation & Energy
  • As of Apr. 29, 2021: Senate Committee on Transportation & Energy Refer Amended to Appropriations
  • As of May 12, 2021: Introduced In House - Assigned to Energy & Environment
  • As of May 12, 2021: Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
  • As of May 27, 2021: House Committee on Energy & Environment Refer Unamended to Appropriations
  • As of June 15, 2021: Sent to the Governor

SB21-260 - Sustainability Of The Transportation System

Sponsored By: Sen. Stephen Fenberg | Sen. Faith Winter | Rep. Alec Garnett | Rep. Matt Gray

Bill Summary

Concerning the sustainability of the transportation system in Colorado, and, in connection therewith, creating new sources of dedicated funding and new state enterprises to preserve, improve, and expand existing transportation infrastructure, develop the modernized infrastructure needed to support the widespread adoption of electric motor vehicles, and mitigate environmental and health impacts of transportation system use; expanding authority for regional transportation improvements; and making an appropriation.

SWEEP supported this bill and it passed.

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Bill Activity

  • As of June 16, 2021: Governor Signed

SB21-264 - Adopt Programs Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions Utilities

Sponsored By: Sen. Chris Hansen | Rep. Alex Valdez | REp. Tracey Bernett

Bill Summary

Concerning the adoption of programs by gas utilities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.

SWEEP supported this bill and it passed.

Bill Activity

  • As of June 15, 2021: Sent to the Governor