Feb 6, 2010 9:04 AM by Associated Press

Colorado lawmakers approve energy bill

A bill that will increase Colorado's Renewable Energy Standard has passed its first test.

The measure approved Friday by the House Transportation & Energy Committee would require large utility companies to generate nearly one-third of their electricity from renewable energy sources by
2020. The bill is one of the top priorities this year for Gov. Bill Ritter. It now goes to the House Appropriations Committee.

Democrats say the proposed rules would give Colorado the highest renewable energy standard in the West and one of the highest nationally, while Republicans say it will drive up the cost of electricity with no financial benefit.


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