DENVER, Colo. - Senator Ray Scott's (R-Grand Junction) bill to protect Colorado's middle class and rural Colorado by reducing energy rate increases caused by Colorado's renewable energy standard passed the Senate today on second reading.
"High energy bills hurt middle class Coloradans and the partisan energy rate increases passed by Democrats in 2013 continue to hurt middle class families and families across rural Colorado," said Senator Scott. "Senate Bill 44 is a common sense approach to reduce the burden placed on Colorado families by Democrats' partisan energy rate increases. Republicans remain committed to serving Colorado's entire middle class and working families with actions, not simply words, and today is a positive step towards undoing the damage caused by Democrats in years past."
SB15-44 reduces the minimum percentage of renewable energy required of investor-owned utilities from 20% to 15% for the years 2015 through 2019 and from 30% to 15% for the years 2020 and thereafter.
SB15-44 will be voted on one final time in the Senate before being sent to the House.