May 30 was a historic day for Colorado’s clean energy economy and environment. At the same time he signed a host of clean energy bills into law, Governor Jared Polis unveiled his bold planfor the state to get 100% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2040.
Featuring policies aiming to put 940,000 zero emissions vehicles on the road by 2030 and expand access to clean energy options to all homeowners and businesses, Gov. Polis has created roadmap not just to a carbon-free future but a stronger Colorado economy. Last year, E2’s Clean Jobs Colorado2018report found the state is now home to over 57,000 clean energy workers, including over 17,000 in renewables, 32,000 in efficiency, and nearly 3,000 in clean vehicle technologies.
Gov Polis’ announcement caps Colorado’s historic legislative session for clean energy, with measures signed into law that will increase home and building efficiency, ensure the social cost of carbon is considered in electric utility plans, expand community solar, build-out electric vehicle charging infrastructure, and extend the state’s electric vehicle tax credit (a fully detailed list is below).
This suite of bills and Gov. Polis’ ambition to not rest after the ink dries, marks Colorado’s new position as a national leader and catalyst that can move our country towards a cleaner environment and robust economic future.
For more information on the slate of laws passed and signed into law last week, check out the below lists:
Signed into law on May 30, 2019
· HB19–1231: New Appliance Energy Efficiency and Water Efficiency Standards
· HB19–1260: Building Energy Codes update (with bi-partisan support)
· SB19–236: Public Utilities Commission Reauthorization
· HB19–1003: Community Solar Gardens Modernization Act
· SB19–096: Collect Long-term climate change data
· HB19–1261: Climate Action to Reduce Pollution
· HB19–1272: Housing Authority Property in Colorado New Energy Improvement District
Signed these into law on May 31, 2019:
· SB19–077: Utility Ownership of EV Infrastructure (with bi-partisan support)
· HB19–1298: Electric Vehicle Charging Station Parking (with bi-partisan support)
· HB19–1159: Tax Credit Extension
· SB19–239: Addressing Impacts of Changes Related to Commercial Vehicles
Gov. Polis’ Vision of a Carbon-Free Future is a Roadmap to a Stronger CO Economy was originally published in e2org on Medium.