SAN FRANCISCO Colorado utilities will have to
get 20 percent of their electricity supply from renewable
energies by 2020 under a bill signed into law on Tuesday by
Gov. Bill Ritter.
The measure doubles Colorado's renewable energy
requirements for more resources such as wind, solar and
The new law also requires municipal utilities and rural
electric cooperatives to meet a renewable energy standard of 10
percent by 2020.
Ritter, a Democrat, also signed into law a bill to
streamline development of more capacity on the state's
The law will allow utilities to recover the costs of new
transmission projects during construction.
A recent Colorado study said the state will need about
4,000 more megawatts to meet power demand by 2015 which will
require a $2 billion investment in new transmission lines.
About half of the 50 U.S. states have adopted guidelines or
rules for the share of renewable power delivered to utility
Colorado was the first state whose voters passed a
renewable standard in 2004.
Coal is the largest fuel for power generation in Colorado,
followed by natural gas.