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Greenhouse Gas Emission Reduction Measures

Concerning measures to promote reductions in greenhouse gas emissions in Colorado.
2023 Regular Session
Natural Resources & Environment
Bill Summary

Section 1 of the bill requires that, beginning in 2024, each insurance company issued a certificate of authority to transact insurance business that reports more than $100 million on its annual schedule T filing with the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) must participate in and complete the NAIC's "Insurer Climate Risk Disclosure Survey" or successor survey or reporting mechanism.Section 2 requires the public employees' retirement association (PERA) board, on or before June 1, 2024, to adopt proxy voting procedures that ensure that the board's voting decisions align with, and are supportive of, the statewide greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction goals.Section 3 requires PERA to include as part of its annual investment stewardship report, which report is posted on the PERA board's website, a description of climate-related investment risks, impacts, and strategies.Section 4 adds wastewater thermal energy equipment to the definition of "pollution control equipment", which equipment may be certified by the division of administration (division) in the department of public health and environment (CDPHE). Similarly, section 5 adds wastewater thermal energy to the definition of "clean heat resource", which resource a gas distribution utility includes in its clean heat plan filed with the public utilities commission.Section 6 updates the statewide GHG emission reduction goals to add a 65% reduction goal for 2035, an 80% reduction goal for 2040, and a 90% reduction goal for 2045 when compared to 2005 GHG pollution levels. Section 6 also increases the 2050 GHG emission reduction goal from 90% of 2005 GHG pollution levels to 100%.Section 7 gives the oil and gas conservation commission (COGCC) authority over class VI injection wells used for sequestration of GHG if the governor and COGCC determine, in accordance with a study that the COGCC conducted in 2021, that the state has sufficient resources to ensure the safe and effective regulation of the sequestration of GHG. If the governor and the COGCC determine there are sufficient resources, the COGCC may seek primacy under the federal "Safe Drinking Water Act" and, when granted, may issue and enforce permits for class VI injection wells. The COGCC shall require, as part of its regulation of class VI injection wells, that operators of the wells maintain adequate financial assurance until the COGCC approves the closure of a class VI injection well site.Section 8 establishes a state income tax credit in an amount equal to 30% of the purchase price for new, electric-powered lawn equipment for purchases made in income tax years 2024 through 2026. A seller of new, electric-powered lawn equipment that demonstrates that it provided a purchaser a 30% discount from the purchase price of new, electric-powered lawn equipment may claim the tax credit.

Current law requires an electric retail utility (utility) to offer a net metering credit as the means of purchasing output from a community solar garden (CSG) located within the utility's service territory and establishes the means of calculating the net metering credit. Section 9 maintains that calculation if the CSG indicates to the utility that the CSG's subscribers' bill credits change annually. If the CSG indicates to the utility that the CSG's subscribers' bill credits remain fixed, however, section 9 provides a different calculation for determining the net metering credit. Sections 10 through 12 incorporate projects to renovate or recondition existing utility transmission lines into the "Colorado Electric Transmission Authority Act", allowing the Colorado electric transmission authority to finance and renovate, rebuild, or recondition existing transmission lines in order to update and optimize the transmission lines.Section 13 requires a local government to expedite its review of a land use application that proposes a project to renovate, rebuild, or recondition existing transmission lines.Section 14 makes a conforming amendment regarding the updated statewide GHG emission reduction goals set forth in section 6.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)


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Sponsor Type Legislators
Prime Sponsor

Sen. C. Hansen
Rep. K. McCormick, Rep. E. Sirota



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