Colorado Governor Signs Renewable Energy Legislation at Wind Test Center

Yesterday, Colorado Governor Bill Ritter signed into law House Bill 1281 and Senate Bill 100 — two centerpieces of Colorado’s New Energy Economy legislative agenda — declaring that the two new laws will shine a spotlight on Colorado’s commitment to becoming the new energy capital of the nation.

“Voters set the stage in 2004 with the passage of Amendment 37,” Gov. Ritter said at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s Wind Technology Center south of Boulder. “Today, we amplify that commitment by doubling our renewable energy standard through House Bill 1281 and by making it easier to load wind power onto the electric grid through Senate Bill 100.” In attendance were 250 lawmakers, energy providers and renewable energy advocates, including sponsors of both bills: HB 1281 was co-sponsored by Sen. Gail Schwartz, D-Snowmass Village; Rep. Jack Pommer, D-Boulder; and Rep. Rob Witwer, R-Genesee. SB 100 was co-sponsored by Senate President Joan Fitz-Gerald, D-Coal Creek Canyon, and Rep. Buffie McFadyen, D-Pueblo West. “These new laws will improve our economic security, our environmental security and our national security,” the Governor added. “They will breathe new economic life into rural Colorado. They will create new jobs, and they will say to the rest of the world, ‘Colorado is open for business in what will be one of the most important industries of the 21st century.'” Also speaking at yesterday’s news conference were representatives from Xcel Energy, Colorado Rural Electric Association, Environment Colorado, Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, and Environment Colorado. For Fact Sheet on House Bill 1281 and Senate Bill 100, use link below.
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Jennifer Runyon has been studying and reporting about the world's transition to clean energy since 2007. As editor of the world's largest renewable energy publication, Renewable Energy World, she observed, interviewed experts about, and reported on major clean energy milestones including Germany's explosive growth of solar PV, the formation and development of the U.S. onshore wind industry, the U.K. offshore wind boom, China's solar manufacturing dominance, the rise of energy storage, the changing landscape for utilities and grid operators and much, much, more. Today, in addition to managing content on POWERGRID International, she also serves as the conference advisory committee chair for DISTRIBUTECH, a globally recognized conference for the transmission and distribution industry. You can reach her at

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