September 21, 2004 [SolarAccess.com] Colorado’s Statewide Citizens Initiative for a Renewable Portfolio Standard is hosting a press conference and public event on Wednesday, September 22 in support of an upcoming ballot initiative that would boost the use of renewable energy use in the state. Months ago, legislation requiring Colorado state utilities to generate a certain percentage of renewable energy failed to be passed by state lawmakers largely due to opposition from the very utilities the mandate would affect. The opposition, and the bill’s subsequent failure was not particularly surprising, but proponents of the measure managed to move the bill to a direct ballot initiative – allowing the voters to decide. Amendment 37 – the November ballot initiative, would require the state’s largest utilities to source 10 percent of their electricity sales from renewable energy sources by 2015. U.S. Rep. Mark Udall (D-Eldorado Springs) and House Majority Leader Lola Spradley, (R-Beulah) are hosting the event that will include food, drinks, live music, and energy fair and more. The event will take place in the City Club gardens at the historic Highland Building, 885 Arapahoe Ave, Denver, Colorado. A public donation of 35 dollars is suggested by the organizers to help fund the effort. For more information on the event or the ballot initiative, see the following link.