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HB21-1131

Cooperative Electric Associations Governance Requirements

Concerning governance requirements for cooperative electric associations.
Session:
2021 Regular Session
Subject:
Energy
Bill Summary

The bill:

  • Makes current laws concerning governance and transparency for cooperative electric associations (associations) applicable to nonprofit generation and transmission cooperative electric associations that provide wholesale electric service directly to Colorado cooperative electric associations that are its members;
  • Eliminates an exemption to those requirements for associations with fewer than 25,000 members;
  • Allows an association to authorize, in its bylaws, its members and directors to participate in meetings electronically;
  • Allows an association to authorize, in its bylaws, members to vote in an election through a secure and verifiable electronic voting system;
  • Clarifies that members voting or participating in a meeting electronically are considered present in person for the purpose of establishing quorum;
  • Defines joint memberships and clarifies how joint memberships can vote;
  • Amends the deadlines and requirements for notice of an election;
  • Requires an association to adopt written policies concerning the compensation of board members and disclosures of conflicts of interest for board members;
  • Requires board members to fulfill their duty of loyalty to the cooperative association at all times; except that, if a director serves on the board of both a generation and transmission association and a distribution association, the director can not be required to prioritize the director's duty to the generation and transmission association over the director's duty to the distribution association owes fiduciary duties to both associations and shall not be required to give priority to the duties the director owes to one association over the duties the director owes to the other association ; and
  • Requires associations to post on their websites information about their rates and net metering requirements and to make financial audits available to members on request.

(Note: Italicized words indicate new material added to the original summary; dashes through words indicate deletions from the original summary.)


(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)

Status

Introduced
Passed

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