CREA ACTION ALERT: Tell Your State Senator to Oppose Senate Bill 21-200!
Senate Bill 21-200 is quickly making its way through the Colorado Senate. This bill if passed will have many unintended consequences that will increase the cost of energy to electric cooperative consumers like you along with many other negative economic impacts for Colorado. That is why Colorado’s Rural Electric Cooperatives need your help today.
Senate Bill 21-200, “Reduce Greenhouse Gases and Increase Environmental Justice”, sponsored by Sen. Winter (D-Westminster), Sen. Moreno (D-Commerce City), and Rep. Jackson (D-Aurora) seeks to modify greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions that were initially proposed in Governor Polis’ Greenhouse Gas Pollution Reduction Roadmap. Senate Bill 21-200 lacks flexibility and will require the utility sector, along with other industries, to adhere to unrealistic deadlines to accelerate GHG reductions in a way that will have negative consequences for Colorado’s economy.
Colorado’s electric utilities have been working hard to meet the stringent GHG reduction requirements established in 2019 by House Bill 19-1261. Since the bill’s passage Colorado’s electric utilities have submitted enforceable clean energy plans to the Colorado Public Utilities Commission. These plans detail how they intend to meet the required GHG emission reductions and their commitment to close coal-fired powerplants in Colorado ahead of schedule. Senate Bill 21-200 would accelerate the GHG emission reduction requirements and require electric utilities to completely revamp their plans to make the transition to cleaner resources.
CREA and its members support environmental justice and reducing GHG emissions. However, Senate Bill 21-200 lacks flexibility and will have adverse impacts for Colorado’s electric consumers and Colorado’s economy. Your lawmakers should be focusing on providing incentives and encouraging innovative solutions rather than setting unrealistic deadlines that do not take into account the needs of Colorado’s local communities or the development timelines required for new technologies.
Please join Colorado Rural Electric Association in opposing Senate Bill 21-200 by sending an email to your Senator today!
Colorado Rural Electric Association