E2 Rocky Mountains sent two action alerts this month asking members to call Colorado State House Representatives to urge the passing of two bills:
- HB 1126 (Encourage Solar Thermal Installations) allows local governments to provide the same incentives for solar thermal installations as may now be provided for solar electric installations. The bill adds a corresponding exemption from state sales and use tax. As of the writing of this newsletter, the bill has been referred to the House Appropriations Committee for review.
- HB 1323 (Coop Electric Association Energy Efficiency Program) directs cooperative electric associations serving 100,000 or more customers to engage in conservation and energy efficiency programs and to save an amount of electricity equal to 2% of 2008 sales by 2012, 5% of 2008 sales by 2015, and 10% of 2008 sales by 2020, which savings are a result of conservation and energy efficiency programs implemented starting in 2009. The bill requires periodic reports from the utilities to the governor’s energy office. The bill also specifies that the act does not extend the authority of the public utilities commission. As of the writing of this newsletter, the bill is stuck on the House floor.
Chapter Leader Andrew Currie and a team of E2 members expect to meet with staff members in U.S. Senator Michael Bennet’s office in early May. If you are an E2 member and are interested in attending this meeting to represent E2 and the business voice, please email us at E2RockyMountains@gmail.com
E2 Rox will host a social networking event for E2 members on May 14. With close to 20 new members in recent months, this will be a great opportunity to meet the new faces of E2 Rox and network with your fellow members. Invitations for this event have been emailed.
As always, if you have questions, please contact us at E2RockyMountains@gmail.com
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