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Currently there is a bill in the legislature trying to reverse the 2012 Colorado Supreme Court’s ruling that denied the right to exercise eminent domain for pipelines carrying oil.
UPDATE 3/5/14: We now know that this bill will go to the House Judiciary Committee. Our non-partisan message is that this is a property rights issue. It’s still best to contact your Representative below, but if you can also reach out to any of the members of the Committee, that would be helpful: House Judiciary Committee
Contact your State Representative to let your feelings be heard.
In 2012 the Colorado Supreme Court held that the statutory language of 38-5-105 did not encompass a petroleum pipeline company and that therefore the petroleum pipeline company was not entitled to exercise eminent domain. This authority was used by petroleum companies for decades before the Supreme Court weighed in. In particular, the Court said that a statute must authorize condemnation expressly or by necessary implication in order for a governmental entity to exercise the power of eminent domain. (Larson v. Sinclair Transp. Co., 2012 CO 36, 284 P.3d 42 (Colo. 2012)). The practical outcome of the decision was that the statute authorizes condemnation for the construction of electric power infrastructure only, not for petroleum pipelines. The proposed language of SB14-093 will permit condemnation for pipelines carrying petroleum products.
The City of Boulder’s 2014 Solar Rebate and Solar Grant Programs continues to incentive photovoltaic and solar thermal installations.
Homeowners and businesses may apply for a rebate for 15% of the city’s sales and use tax for materials and permits, if they apply within 12 months of the city’s inspection.
Grants are available for solar installations for non-profit organizations, affordable housing non-profits, and the city’s affordable housing residences.
For information on eligibility, see The City of Boulder’s requirements.
Comment Period Extended Until May 9th, 2014
Coloradans approve of new GHG regulations. Help us show the EPA this is true Comment Now
The EPA is in the final stage of rulemaking on how they will regulate greenhouse gas emissions from new electric generation plants, including coal, natural gas, petroleum coke, and other fossil fuels. There have been over 2.5 million comments on the proposed rule, so get your voice heard and tell the EPA to ensure that the GHG emission standards are strict and properly reflect the negative health and climate impacts.
Summary of the Major Provisions of the Proposed Rules:
This action proposes a standard of performance for utility boilers and IGCC units based on partial implementation of carbon capture and storage (CCS) as the BSER. The proposed emission limit for those sources is 1,100 lb CO2/MWh. This action also proposes standards of performance for natural gas-fired stationary combustion turbines based on modern, efficient natural gas combined cycle (NGCC) technology as the BSER. The proposed emission limits for those sources are 1,000 lb CO2/MWh for larger units and 1,100 lb CO2/MWh for smaller units. At this time, the EPA is not proposing standards of performance for modified or reconstructed sources.
For more information on the proposed rule.
Colorado is now the first state in the nation to regulate methane from the 50,000 oil and gas wells in the state. The Colorado Air Quality Control Commission (AQCC) passed the regulations on Sunday, February 23rd with an 8-1 vote.
Now that those regulations have passed, several of the Commissioners’ terms have expired and we need strong, clean air defenders to be appointed in their stead. If you know of qualified candidates, please have them submit their interest to CDPHE. See here for more information.
Thanks to all of you who came out, phoned in, or wrote in support of the new regulations. The public support was overwhelmingly in favor of these regulations. Despite the industry’s push to have less stringent regulations outside the Denver-metro non-attainment area, the AQCC passed blanket regulations for all of Colorado.
CEA’s Meredith Roberts explained the scope of the new regulations:
The rules are long and tedious, but can be understood to address two issues. First, they will require the oil and gas industry to use better technology – technology that the big three may already be using – to reduce VOC and methane emissions. Second, the rules require the industry to inspect their infrastructure and fix leaks when they are detected.
The Denver Post explains:
By passing rules aimed at reducing toxic emissions from oil and gas facilities, Colorado officials are trying to allow an energy boom while also protecting health and the environment. They needed to act because Front Range air already fails to meet federal health standards. The oil and gas industry is a growing source of volatile organic compounds that lead to the formation of ozone.
We at Clean Energy Action are proud to welcome Namasté Solar as one of our new sponsors for the 2014 year! Namasté Solar, a certified B-Corporation and a reputation for being one of Colorado’s top solar installers, holds the same values for holistic wealth and community engagement as Clean Energy Action. An employee-owned company, Namasté Solar has been recognized by multiple national awards for the quality of work done by its highly-trained and deeply committed staff. In addition, Namasté Solar has one of the highest concentrations of NABCEP Certified Solar PV Installers of any Colorado solar energy company.
We are proud to announce that Namasté Solar is offering a $500 discount on their solar installations and will donate $500 for every new customer!
See here for more details on the sponsorship.