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H_ENE_2020A 03/05/2020 10:06:41 AM Committee Summary

PUBLIC
STAFF SUMMARY OF MEETING
HOUSE COMMITTEE ON ENERGY & ENVIRONMENT
Date 03/05/2020
Attendance
Catlin X
Froelich X
Geitner *
Holtorf X
Kipp X
Pelton X
Sirota X
Valdez A. X
Weissman X
Hooton X
Jackson X
Time 10:06:41 AM to 01:56:22 PM
Place HCR 0107
This Meeting was called to order by Representative Jackson
This Report was prepared by Andrea Denka
Hearing Items Action Taken
HB20-1059 Referred to House Finance
HB20-1180 Committee Discussion Only

X = Present, E = Excused, A = Absent, * = Present after roll call
10:06:43 AM
Representative Jackson called the meeting to order.



HB20-1059 - Referred to House Finance


10:08:55 AM  
Representatives Bird and Jackson, co-prime
bill sponsors, presented House Bill 20-1059, Valuation of Energy Storage
Equipment, to the committee.  The bill requires energy storage equipment
owned or operated by utilities to be assessed similarly to renewable energy
facility properties beginning on January 1, 2020.
10:16:16 AM  
Representatives Bird and Jackson responded to questions from the committee.
10:19:09 AM  
Gini Pingenot, representing Colorado Counties
Inc., testified against the bill and provided a handout (Attachment A).
 Dave Hornung, Kit Carson County Commissioner, testified against the
bill.  Michael Valdez, representing the Special District Association,
testified against the bill.  Dianna Orf, representing the Associated
Governments of Northwest Colorado, testified against the bill.
10:28:26 AM  
The panel responded to questions from the
committee.
10:47:45 AM  
Byron Pelton, Logan County Commissioner,
testified against the bill.
10:51:33 AM  
KC Cunilio, representing the Colorado Independent
Energy Association, testified in support the bill.  David Gil, Executive
Director of NextEra Energy, testified in support of the bill.  Mike
Kruger, CEO of the Colorado Solar & Storage Association, testified
in support of the bill.  Julian Musikant, representing Namaste Solar,
testified in support of the bill.
11:00:39 AM  
The panel responded to questions from the
committee.
11:27:09 AM  
Brett Moore, representing the Interwest
Energy Alliance, testified in support of the bill.  Michael Krueger,
representing the Division of Property Taxation within the Colorado Department
of Local Affairs, responded to questions from the committee.

11:36:52 AM  
Representatives Bird and Jackson made concluding comments.


11:45:38 AM
Motion Refer House Bill 20-1059 to the Committee on Finance.
Moved Jackson
Seconded Weissman
Catlin No
Froelich Yes
Geitner No
Holtorf No
Kipp Yes
Pelton No
Sirota Yes
Valdez A. Yes
Weissman Yes
Jackson Yes
Hooton Yes
Final YES: 7   NO: 4   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



HB20-1180 - Committee Discussion Only


11:45:48 AM  
Representatives Kipp and Jaquez Lewis,
co-prime bill sponsors, presented House Bill 20-1180, Protect Pollinators
through Pesticide Regulation, to the committee.  The bill requires
the Commissioner of Agriculture to adopt rules by March 1, 2021, to classify
certain neonicotinoid and sulfoximine pesticides as restricted-use pesticides.
12:03:13 PM  
First Gentleman Marlon Reis, representing
himself, testified in support of the bill.  Hannah Callazo, representing
Environment Colorado, testified in support of the bill.  Gaythia Weis,
representing the Colorado League of Women Voters, testified in support
of the bill.  Beth Conrey, representing Bee Squared Apiaries, testified
in support of the bill.  Rebecca Dickson, representing the Sierra
Club, testified in support of the bill.
12:24:58 PM  
The panel responded to questions from the
committee.
12:31:57 PM  
Thia Walker, representing Colorado State
University, testified against the bill and provided a packet of handouts
(Attachment B).  Ryan Pessah, representing the Western Wood Preservers
Institute, testified against the bill.  Al Summers, representing the
Colorado Beekeeping Association, testified against the bill.  Kelly
Sloan, representing the Colorado Agricultural Aviation Association, testified
against the bill.  
12:42:06 PM  
The panel responded to questions from the
committee.
12:59:30 PM  
Kelly Gouge, representing Commercial Applicators,
testified on the bill.  Ryan Riley, representing the Colorado Pesticide
Control Association, testified on the bill.  Erik Frank, representing
Colorado Sugarbeet Growers, testified on the bill.  Scott Armbrust,
representing the Colorado Pest Control Association, testified on the bill.
01:10:46 PM  
The panel responded to questions from the
committee.
01:19:20 PM  
Fred Raish, representing RMAA, testified
on the bill.  Tim Davis, representing the Rocky Mountain Golf Course
Association, testified on the bill.  Rella Abernathy, representing
the city of Boulder, testified in support of the bill.  Emily Ibach,
representing the Colorado Farm Bureau, testified on the bill.  

01:27:45 PM  
The panel responded to questions from the
committee.
01:35:26 PM  
Stan Gelb, representing himself, testified
in support of the bill.  Beth Utton, representing herself, testified
in support of the bill.  Sue Anderson, representing People and Pollinators
Action Network, testified in support of the bill.  J. Andrea Montoya,
representing the Pollinator Corridor of Boulder, testified in support of
the bill.  Dylan Insalaco, representing himself, testified in support
of the bill.

Written testimony submitted for House
Bill 20-1180 can be found in Attachment C.

01:46:50 PM  
The witness panel responded to questions from the committee.
01:54:19 PM  
The committee laid the bill over for action
only at a later meeting.


01:56:22 PM   The committee adjourned.