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Chapter Directors: Ken Gart, Joel Serface, and Erin Geegan
The Rocky Mountains Chapter was founded in 2007 by Andrew Currie and David Readerman (see current leadership roster). Since then, it has grown to 75 members and is now focused on state level advocacy in Colorado. The Rocky Mountains Chapter will advocate for legislation to advance clean energy, thus helping to lead Colorado into the New Energy Economy.
CO HB 1126 Encourage Solar Thermal Installations – In the spring of 2009, E2 Rocky Mountains members made calls, sent emails and signed support letters to urge the passing of HB1126, which allows local governments to provide the same incentives for solar thermal installations as may now be provided for solar electric installations. The bill adds a corresponding exemption from state sales and use tax. HB1126 passed both the State House and Senate, and was signed by Governor Bill Ritter in May 2009.
CO Amendment 37 Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) – In October 2004, E2 members and friends in Colorado joined efforts with Environment Colorado and other groups to successfully advocate for a CO RPS ballot initiative. The initiative requires CO’s largest utilities to get three percent of their electricity from renewable energy resources by 2007, and 10 percent by 2015, and established a net metering system for homeowners with small photovoltaic systems to connect to the power grid. This was the first time in U.S. history that a renewable energy portfolio standard was put directly before voters rather than processed through a state's legislature (the CO state legislature and Governor Ritter later doubled CO’s RPS to 20 percent).