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E2 Rocky Mountains Co-Sponsors Sustainable Business Legislative Briefing
| ||From L to R: Andrew Currie (E2 Rockies Founder and Director); Jenna Six (Alliance For Sustainable Colorado); Ken Gart (E2 Rockies); and Alliance for Sustainable Colorado's John Powers; Joanne Keys; and Nichole Goodmam. Courtesy of Jamila Rockette.|
On Wednesday, February 2nd, E2 Rocky Mountains, along with several pro-environment business groups, co-sponsored the 7th Annual Sustainable Business Legislative Briefing. This briefing, held each year at the Colorado State Capitol, provides an opportunity for business leaders to connect with state legislators on clean energy, environment, and sustainability policies.
In addition to keynote remarks from the Colorado Business Roundtable and the Governor’s Energy Finance Working Group, business leaders heard from half a dozen state legislators, including the President of the Senate, Brandon Shaffer, on legislation to promote clean energy, protect the environment, and develop Colorado’s economy. Colorado State Legislature in Full Swing
Since the Colorado state legislative session began on January 12, 2011, state legislators have introduced over two dozen pro-environment and clean energy bills. The bills range from establishing a statewide electronics recycling program, to supporting the installation of alternative fuel refueling stations at state rest areas and parks. Less than 50 days remain of Colorado’s 120 day legislative session, which will adjourn on May 11, 2011. The legislature still has to consider legislation to create a “smart grid,” promote greater distributed energy generation, provide incentives for wind turbines, streamline electric powerline siting, and create more energy efficient school buildings.
With a split legislature, the assembly has not been without its opposition to strides made by the conservation community. Just this month, three bills sought to eliminate clean energy policies by cutting the state’s Renewable Portfolio Standard from 30 to 10 percent and restricting the state Public Utilities Commission’s ability to consider environmental risks when reviewing utility applications to acquire fuels and invest in generation facilities; all three bills failed in senate committee.
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