2020 Legislative Session Energy, Environment & Climate related bills

Introduced As Of 3/10/2020

SB20-055

Incentivize Development of Recycling End Markets

Concerning the expansion of market mechanisms for the further development of recycling.

Last Action: 02/10/2020 | Senate Committee on Business, Labor, & Technology – Refer Unamended to Appropriations

Sponsors: Sen. K. Priola | Sen. T. Story | Rep. L. Cutter | Rep. J. Arndt 

Subject: Business & Economic Development

HB20-1059

Valuation Of Energy Storage Equipment

Concerning the valuation of property used to store electricity.

Last Action: 03/05/2020 | House Committee on Energy & Environment – Refer Unamended to Finance

Sponsors: Sen. C. Hansen | Rep D. Jackson | Sen. F. Winter | Sen. J. Tate 

Subject: Fiscal Policy & Taxes

HB20-1018

Adopt Renewable Natural Gas Standard

Concerning adoption of a renewable natural gas standard.

Last Action: 02/3/2020 | House Committee on Energy & Environment – Postpone Indefinitely 

Sponsors: Sen. C. Hansen 

Subject: Energy

SB20-150

Adopt Renewable Natural Gas Standard

Concerning adoption of a renewable natural gas standard.

Last Action: 03/02/2020 | Passed from Senate Third Reading, Introduced in House – Assigned to Energy & Environment 

Sponsors: Sen. C. Hansen 

Subject: Energy

SB20-030

Consumer Protections For Utility Customers

Concerning increased consumer protections for customers of investor-owned utilities.

Last Action: 03/02/2020 | Passed Senate, Introduced In House – Assigned to Energy & Environment 

Sponsors: Sen. L. Garcia | Sen. R. Rodriguez | Rep. D. Esgar 

Subjects: Business & Economic Development, Energy

HB20-1225

Cooperative Electric Utilities Reasonable Rates Energy Storage

Concerning clarification of the requirement of reasonableness in charges imposed by one cooperative electric association upon another.

Last Action: 03/05/2020 | Passed from House, Introduced In Senate – Assigned to Transportation and Energy 

Sponsors: Rep. M. Weissman 

Subject: Energy

HB20-1045

Energy Efficiency Improvement Programs Funding

Concerning the stabilization of state funding for energy efficiency improvement programs.

Last Action: 03/02/2020 | House Committee on Energy & Environment – Postpone Indefinitely 

Sponsors: Rep. C. Kennedy 

Subject: Energy

HB20-1162

Prohibit Food Establishments’ Use Of Polystyrene

Concerning a prohibition against a retail food establishment’s distribution of an expanded polystyrene product for use as a container for ready-to-eat food.

Last Action: 02/24/2020 | House Committee on Energy & Environment Refer Amdended to Appropriations

Sponsors: Rep. L. Cutter | Rep. J. Singer | Sen. M. Foote | Sen. T. Story 

Subjects: Energy, Natural Resources & Environment

HB20-1064

Public Utilities Commission Study Of Community Choice Energy

Concerning investigations by the public utilities commission to evaluate the implications of allowing community choice of wholesale electric supply in Colorado through the vehicle of community choice energy authorities.

Last Action: 02/10/2020 | House Committee on Energy & Environment Refer Amended to Appropriations

Sponsors: Rep. E. Hooton 

Subjects: Business & Economic Development

Energy

SB20-012

Transmit Renewable Energy Conservation Easements

Concerning the transmission of renewable energy through transmission lines that cross property subject to a conservation easement.

Last Action: 02/4/2020 | Senate Committee on Transportation & Energy – Postpone Indefinitely 

Sponsors: Sen. F. Winter | Sen. J. Tate | Sen. C. Hansen 

Subjects: Energy, Transportation & Motor Vehicles

HB20-1047

Develop A Statewide Organics Management Plan

Concerning the development of a statewide organics management plan to promote compost use.

Last Action: 03/02/2020 | Passed out of House, Introduced In Senate – Assigned to Agriculture & Natural Resources 

Sponsors: Rep. L. Cutter | Rep. M. Froelich | Sen. K. Priola 

Subject: Natural Resources & Environment

SB20-036

Emissions Inspection Check Engine Light

Concerning the submission to the federal environmental protection agency of a proposed revision to the state implementation plan that would enable a vehicle that fails the on-board diagnostics test solely because a check engine light is illuminated on the vehicle’s dashboard to undergo a tailpipe emissions test.

Last Action: 02/4/2020 | Introduced In House – Assigned to Energy & Environment 

Sponsors: Sen. R. Zenzinger | Sen. J. Cooke | Rep. L. Liston | Rep. J. Melton 

Subject: Natural Resources & Environment

SB20-008

Enhance Penalties Water Quality Criminal Violations

Concerning the enhancement of penalties for criminal violations of water quality laws.

Last Action: 02/13/2020 | Passed out of Senate, Introduced In House – Assigned to Energy & Environment 

Sponsors: Sen. F. Winter | Rep. D. Jackson | Rep. E. Hooton 

Subject: Natural Resources & Environment

HB20-1143

Environmental Justice And Projects Increase Environmental Fines

Concerning additional public health protections regarding alleged environmental violations, and, in connection therewith, raising the maximum fines for air quality and water quality violations and allocating the fines to environmental mitigation projects.

Last Action: 02/27/2020 | House Committee on Finance Refer Amended to Appropriations 

Sponsors: Rep. D. Jackson | Rep. S. Gonzales-Gutierrez | Sen. F. Winter 

Subject: Natural Resources & Environment

SB20-058

Facilitate Asphalt Shingle Recycling

Concerning the facilitation of asphalt shingle recycling.

Last Action: 02/11/2020 | Senate Committee on Local Government Postpone Indefinitely 

Sponsors: Sen. V. Marble | Rep. L. Saine 

Subject: Natural Resources & Environment

HB20-1142

Hazard Mitigation Grant Program

Concerning the creation of an enterprise that is exempt from the requirements of section 20 of article X of the state constitution to administer a fee-based hazard mitigation grant program.

Last Action: 02/20/2020 | House Committee on Energy & Environment Refer Amended to Finance

Sponsors: Rep. L. Cutter | Rep. M. Soper 

Subjects: Natural Resources & Environment, State Government

HB20-1155

Higher Efficiency New Construction Residence

Concerning requirements that builders of new residences offer buyers options to accommodate higher efficiency devices.

Last Action: 03/10/2020 | Passed out of House, Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendment – Committee, Floor 

Sponsors: Rep. A. Valdez | Rep. M. Weissman 

Subjects: Housing, Natural Resources & Environment

HB20-1265

Increase Public Protection Air Toxics Emissions

Concerning increased public protections from emissions of air toxics.

Last Action: 03/09/2020 | House Committee on Energy & Environment Refer Amended to Finance

Sponsors: Rep. A. Benavidez | Rep. A. Valdez | Sen. J. Gonzales | Sen. D. Moreno 

Subject: Natural Resources & Environment

HB20-1126

Local Control Approvals Oil And Gas Applications

Concerning a requirement that the state approve an oil and gas permit to drill that has been approved by a local government.

Last Action: 03/02/2020 | House Committee on Energy & Environment Postpone Indefinitely

Sponsors: Rep. L. Saine | Rep. P. Buck | Sen. V. Marble | Sen. J. Cooke 

Subject: Natural Resources & Environment

HB20-1163

Management Of Single-use Products

Concerning the management of single-use products.

Last Action: 03/09/2020 | House Committee on Finance Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole 

Sponsors: Rep. A. Valdez | Rep. E. Sirota | Sen. J. Gonzales 

Subject: Natural Resources & Environment

HB20-1167

Move Alternative Fuel Definition

Concerning the relocation of the definition of “alternative fuel” from a part of the statutes in which the definition is no longer referenced to a part of the statutes in which the definition is referenced.

Last Action: 03/10/2020 | Passed out of House, Senate Second Reading Passed – No Amendments

Sponsors: Rep. J. Arndt | Sen. D. Moreno 

Subjects: Health Care & Health Insurance, Natural Resources & Environment

HB20-1192

Petroleum Redevelopment Fund Electric Vehicle

Concerning the use of money in the petroleum cleanup and redevelopment fund to develop fuel-cell electric-vehicle projects.

Last Action: 02/20/2020 | House Committee on Energy & Environment Refer Amended to Appropriations

Sponsors: Rep. D. Jackson | Rep. P. Will | Sen. M. Foote 

Subjects: Business & Economic Development, Natural Resources & Environment

SB20-013

Promote Innovative And Clean Energy Technologies

Concerning measures to facilitate the use of innovative energy technologies by investor-owned public utilities, and, in connection therewith, authorizing the public utilities commission to review and approve investor-owned utilities’ applications for low-emission dispatchable and innovative energy technologies based on meeting specified criteria.

Last Action: 01/8/2020 | Introduced In Senate – Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs 

Sponsors: Sen. R. Rodriguez 

Subjects: Business & Economic Development, Natural Resources & Environment

HB20-1094

Repeal Fee Cap On-site Wastewater Treatment System

Concerning a repeal of the dollar limitation on the fee that a local board of health may set for on-site wastewater treatment system permits.

Last Action: 03/06/2020 | Passed out of House and Senate, Sent to the Governor 

Sponsors: Rep. M. Catlin | Rep. J. Arndt | Sen. J. Ginal | Sen. D. Coram 

Subject: Natural Resources & Environment

SB20-038

Statewide Biodiesel Blend Requirement Diesel Fuel Sales

Concerning the establishment of a statewide standard for the sale of biodiesel-blended diesel fuel in Colorado.

Last Action: 02/06/2020 | Passed out of Senate, Introduced in House – Assigned to Energy & Environment 

Sponsors: Sen. S. Fenberg | Rep. S. Jaquez Lewis | Rep. M. Young 

Subjects: Natural Resources & Environment, Public Health

HB20-1208

Sunset Coal Mine Board Of Examiners

Concerning the continuation of the coal mine board of examiners, and, in connection therewith, implementing recommendations contained in the 2019 sunset report by the department of regulatory agencies.

Last Action: 03/09/2020 | House Third Reading Passed – No Amendments 

Sponsors: Rep. D. Roberts | Rep. P. Will 

Subject: Natural Resources & Environment

HB20-1215

Sunset Water Wastewater Facility Operators Certification Board

Concerning the continuation of the water and wastewater facility operators certification board, and, in connection therewith, implementing the recommendations contained in the 2019 sunset report by the department of regulatory agencies.

Last Action: 02/28/2020 | Passed out of House, Introduced in Senate – Assigned to Agriculture & Natural Resources 

Sponsors: Rep. A. Valdez 

Subject: Natural Resources & Environment

SB20-167

Electric Motor Vehicle Manufacturer and Dealer

Concerning increasing consumer access to electric motor vehicles by allowing manufacturers to sell their own electric motor vehicles directly to consumers.

Last Action: 03/09/2020 | Passed out of Senate, in House Committee on Energy & Environment Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole

Sponsors: Sen. Chris Hansen, Rep. E. Hooton, Sen. Kevin Priola,

Subjects: Business & Economic Development, Professions & Occupations, Transportation & Motor Vehicles

  • This bill modifies current limitations that prevent motor vehicle manufacturers from owning their own dealerships; the bill will allow manufacturers to own dealerships exclusively if they provide only electric vehicles. 

HB20-1325

Low-emission Vehicle Managed Lane Access

Concerning a requirement that the executive director of the department of transportation adopt rules that allow preferential access to managed lanes for low-emission vehicles.

Last Action: 02/25/2020 | Introduced In House – Assigned to Energy & Environment

Sponsors: Rep. Alex Valdez

Subjects: Transportation & Motor Vehicles

  • This bill would require the department of transportation to adopt rules and establish a program that allows preferential access to managed lanes (i.e. HOV/fast lanes) for low-emission vehicles (LEVs) by December 2021. The bill suggests that the rules provide low-price or free access to the lanes by LEVs, and that the program include limitations on participants.

SB20-190

Boost Renewable Energy Transmission Investment

Concerning incentives for the development of an electric grid that fully accommodates increased production from zero-carbon generation resources.

Last Action: 03/03/2020 | Introduced In Senate – Assigned to Transportation & Energy

Sponsors: Rep. Chris Hansen

Subjects: Transportation & Motor Vehicles

  • This bill directs the PUC to approve new transmission projects that support renewable energy development. Applications will default to approval if the PUC does not deny them within 180 days after the CPCN. Additionally, the bill also directs the PUC to complete a review of existing and potential energy resource zones for renewable development within Colorado, including relevant transmission implications, by December 2020 in the RTO exploration docket. Under these provisions, the PUC would evaluate clean energy project bids
    “without such bids being burdened by the cost of planned [transmission] lines,” so long as the new lines would support state clean energy goals.

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