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HB22-1104

Powerline Trails

Concerning public recreational trails in electric transmission corridors of the state, and, in connection therewith, encouraging transmission providers to enter into written agreements for the construction and maintenance of powerline trails and requiring transmission providers to provide informational resources and notify local governments regarding the potential for powerline trails when planning for the expansion or construction of transmission corridors.
Session:
2022 Regular Session
Subject:
Energy
Bill Summary

The act:

  • Allows transmission providers to enter into contracts with public entities or private landowners to construct and maintain public recreational trails (powerline trails) covering a tract of land where transmission lines are or will be constructed (transmission corridor);
  • Requires a public entity to coordinate with the division of parks and wildlife in the design and construction of a powerline trail to minimize adverse impacts to state and federally listed species and species and habitats of conservation concern;
  • Requires a public entity to consider any issues unique to an area of significant rural character prior to constructing a powerline trail in the area;
  • Requires transmission providers to develop and maintain informational resources to encourage the construction of new powerline trails;
  • Requires a transmission provider, when siting or expanding a transmission line, to notify local governments of the potential for a powerline trail in the associated transmission corridor;
  • Requires a transmission provider, when applying for a permit with a local government to develop in an area of state interest, to demonstrate compliance with the requirement to notify local governments of the potential for a powerline trail and to develop and maintain informational resources encouraging construction of new powerline trails;
  • Requires the public utilities commission to amend its rules to also require electric public utilities in the state to consider plans for the construction of new powerline trails and with the requirement to develop and maintain informational resources on powerline trails;
  • Requires the Colorado electric transmission authority (CETA) to arrange for the continuation of any existing powerline trail contracts before entering into a project or divesting a facility; and
  • Requires the CETA to give priority for project solicitations to electric utilities and other entities that demonstrate an interest in continuing or creating a powerline trail.
    (Note: This summary applies to this bill as enacted.)

Status

Introduced
Passed
Became Law

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