Rural ratepayers to governor: 'Veto this bill'.383672013-05-16T17:59:15Z2013-05-16T17:59:15ZFarmers and rural homeowners in Northern Colorado on Wednesday added their voices to a statewide chorus calling on Gov. Hickenlooper to veto a bill certain to raise their electric bills.Hickenlooper still â€˜gathering information' on rural energy renewables mandate.383502013-05-15T23:36:42Z2013-05-15T23:36:42ZThe Democratic sponsors of Senate Bill 252, which will force rural electricity associations to draw more of its energy from renewable sources, ended the legislative session last week believing that Gov. John Hickenlooper was certain to sign their bill.Renewable energy mandate opponents appeal to Colorado governor; They claim rates would skyrocket.383392013-05-10T17:43:58Z2013-05-10T17:43:58ZHickenlooper said Thursday he will meet with executives from Tri-State Generation and Transmission, which provides power to 18 rural electric co-ops and is one of the two entities targeted by SB 252 (the other is the Intermountain Rural Electric Association).
Tri-State executives claim the bill will cost the co-ops at least $2 billion to implement. Vestas' struggle continues, more layoffs still to come.383142013-05-08T20:56:49Z2013-05-08T20:56:49ZThe struggling Danish company with four manufacturing plants in Colorado -- three of which are in Weld County -- saw a 34 percent decrease in production, a 26 percent decrease in deliveries, a 1 percent reduction in revenue, and a 24 percent decrease in employees since the first of the year, while it continued to come out of a two-year, debilitating slowdown.House ups renewable power mandate.382532013-05-01T23:57:28Z2013-05-01T23:57:28ZHouse Republicans accused Democrats of waging war on rural Colorado when legislators voted Tuesday to increase the renewable-energy mandate for electricity cooperatives. ...The bill passed 37-27, with all Democrats in favor and all Republicans against.
Ag industry concerned about renewable energy bill that would increase electricity costs.382222013-04-27T21:30:43Z2013-04-27T21:30:43Z"This would just be terrible for the dairies around here," said Weld County Commissioner and Platteville-area farmer Doug Rademacher, who added that Weld County's five-member Board of County Commissioners has spoken out against Senate Bill 252. "It would really be disastrous for all of ag. A farmer told me the other day this could increase his electricity costs for (groundwater) pumping by about $8,000 per month."Local elected officials continue to slam renewable energy bill.381432013-04-20T12:40:43Z2013-04-20T12:40:43Z"You're not promoting Colorado jobs. You're promoting jobs in other states where you can buy power to meet the mandate," Mathers said. "This bill provides no advantage to businesses in Colorado or promoting our economy."
Perhaps the greatest injustice, Grobe said, is the fact hydroelectric power is absent among the bill's list of approved sources of renewable energy. Renewables bill fuels big controversy; Rural electric associations, GOP senators, testify against measure.380832013-04-17T15:06:41Z2013-04-17T15:06:41Z"This is a leap to family insolvency... this is environmental bullying," King said. He noted that state-owned facilities pay $5.6 million per year for electricity to the rural co-ops, and SB 252 will increase their electric bills. "Where's the fiscal note?" he asked repeatedly. And why wasn't Tri-State and IREA invited to the table when the bill was being drafted? he asked. "Just because you have the power to do something doesn't mean you should do it," referring to the Democratic majority in both chambers and the governor's mansion.Renewable energy bill could hurt rural co-ops.380772013-04-13T21:41:09Z2013-04-13T21:41:09ZKent Singer of the Colorado Rural Electric Association said the co-ops serve 70 percent of the state's land mass but only 25 percent of the state's population, which he called "light density" and which means that costs are spread out over a much smaller customer base.David Schnare: We're putting global warming on trial in Colorado.378752013-03-22T20:59:46Z2013-03-22T20:59:46Z