Location: SCR 357
BILL SUMMARY for HB17-1227
SENATE COMMITTEE ON AGRICULTURE, NATURAL RESOURCES, & ENERGY
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04:17 PM -- HB 17-1227
Senators Priola and Fenberg presented House Bill 17-1227 concerning an extension of demand-side management goals for investor-owned utilities as set by the Public Utilities Commission (PUC). To promote demand-side management, the PUC was required in 2007 to establish goals for Colorado investor-owned electric utilities to achieve by 2018 a 5 percent reduction relative to 2006 levels in the utility's retail system peak demand, measured in megawatts; and retail energy sales, measured in megawatt-hours. The bill extends these demand-side management programs to 2028. The bill also requires the PUC to set new goals for demand-side management programs implemented between 2019 and 2028 of a 5 percent reduction in peak demand and energy sales relative to 2018 levels. The PUC has the discretion to establish interim goals or revise goals. Senator Priola distributed a press release regarding federal energy efficiency legislation (Attachment N).
04:20 PM -- Amy Cooke, Independence Institute, testified in opposition to the bill.
04:24 PM -- Bruce Ray, Johns Manville, testified in support of the bill and discussed energy efficiency. Mr. Ray distributed a letter in support of the bill from several corporations (Attachment O).
04:27 PM -- Howard Geller, Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP), testified in support of the bill and distributed an article regarding the bill (Attachment P).
04:32 PM -- Patricia Rothwell, Energy Efficiency Business Coalition, testified in support of the bill. Ms. Rothwell responded to questions from the committee
Senator Priola responded to questions from the committee regarding the bill. Senator Fenberg also responded to questions from the committee and committee discussion ensued.
04:43 PM -- Scott Koehler, Schnieder Electric, testified in support of the bill.
The bill was laid over and tentatively scheduled for action only on Wednesday, April 26.