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S_SA_2019A 05/01/2019 03:56:42 PM Committee Summary

PUBLIC
STAFF SUMMARY OF MEETING
SENATE COMMITTEE ON STATE, VETERANS, & MILITARY AFFAIRS
Date 05/01/2019
Attendance
Fields X
Marble *
Sonnenberg *
Moreno X
Foote X
X = Present, E = Excused, A = Absent, * = Present after roll call
Time 03:56:42 PM to 04:58:41 PM
Place LSB B
This Meeting was called to order by Senator Foote
This Report was prepared by Julia Jackson
Hearing Items Action Taken
HB19-1313 Referred to Senate Appropriations

HB19-1313 - Referred to Senate Appropriations


03:57:46 PM  

Senator Priola and Senator Winter, co-prime sponsors, presented House Bill 19-1313. The bill establishes targets for the state's largest investor-owned utility to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and allows other utilities to opt-in to clean energy plans. The utility is required to submit its clean energy plan to the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) as part of its electric resource planning process. The Department of Public Health and Environment is required to review these plans and to verify compliance with emissions targets. The bill also allows a utility to apply to the PUC for a financing order authorizing it to issue securitized utility ratepayer-backed bonds when closing an electric generating facility.

03:59:45 PM  

Bill Levis, representing AARP, testified against the bill and provided a handout to the committee (Attachment A).

04:08:24 PM  

Amy Cooke, representing the Coalition of Ratepayers, testified against the bill.

04:13:12 PM  

Jaclyn Terwey, representing Intermountain Rural Electric Association, testified against the bill.

04:15:55 PM  

Chris McGowan, representing the Colorado Petroleum Council, testified against the bill.

04:17:37 PM  

Ms. Cooke responded to questions from the committee.

04:24:40 PM  

Katie Belgard, representing Conservation Colorado, testified in support of the bill.

04:26:24 PM  

Emily Gedeon, representing the Colorado Sierra Club and the National Resources Defense Council, testified in support of the bill.

04:29:10 PM  

Matt Larson, representing Xcel Energy, testified in support of the bill.

04:30:45 PM  

Gary Arnold, representing Rocky Mountain Pipe Trades District Council 5, testified in support of the bill.

04:34:01 PM  

Melanie Layton, representing Next Era Energy, testified in support of the bill.

04:37:52 PM  

Mr. Arnold, Mr. Larson, and Ms. Gedeon responded to questions from the committee.

04:52:45 PM  

Andrew Bennett, representing Energy Outreach Colorado, testified in support of the bill.

04:57:13 PM  
Committee members commented on the bill.


04:58:31 PM
Motion Refer House Bill 19-1313 to the Committee on Appropriations.
Moved Moreno
Seconded
Fields Yes
Marble No
Sonnenberg No
Moreno Yes
Foote Yes
Final YES: 3   NO: 2   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS


04:58:41 PM   The committee adjourned.






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