Colorado enacts renewable energy law

Published 11/11 2013 10:17AM

Updated 02/11 2014 10:19AM

Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter signs renewable energy law.

Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter signs renewable energy law.

From Green Right Now Reports

The move to renewable energy got another boost today as Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter signed into law landmark legislation that 30 percent of the state’s electricity be generated from renewable sources by 2020, including 3 percent to be generated by local solar power.

With Colorado’s new law, 29 states now have renewable energy requirements.┬áThe state said its 30 percent requirement is the best in the Rocky Mountain West and among the highest nationally.

Sponsored by Rep. Max Tyler and Sens. Gail Schwartz and Bruce Whitehead, the bill’s supporters expect it to create thousands of jobs and┬álead to 100,000 solar rooftops over the next decade, and help protect consumers and ratepayers.

"Today we continue to chart a new course for Colorado's New Energy Economy and America's clean energy economy," Gov. Ritter said as he signed the bill into law at SolSource Inc., a Denver-based solar installation company. "Colorado is giving every state and the entire nation a template for tomorrow. This is a game-changer. We are transforming the future of Colorado and our country."

“With HB 1001 we will manufacture and install panels and turbines all over Colorado to capture free energy," Rep. Tyler said in a statement. "The sun will always shine for free, the winds will always blow for free, and our energy production will be cleaner. Renewable energy, green jobs, and a cleaner future — what’s not to like?”

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