STATE BILL COLORADO
HB 1365, dubbed the Clean Air-Clean Jobs Act, was introduced Tuesday. Here’s how news organizations are covering the proposed law.
The Denver Business Journal: A proposal to reduce Xcel Energy Inc.’s coal-fired power generation along Colorado’s Front Range, and replace the use of coal with natural gas or other power sources, has gained the backing of Democrats and Republicans, Gov. Bill Ritter’s administration, environmentalists, the utility and the state’s natural gas industry. The bill — HB 1365, dubbed the Clean Air-Clean Jobs Act — was introduced at the state Legislature Tuesday and speeded into its first committee hearing before the House Transportation and Energy Committee.
The Durango Herald: Rep. Ellen Roberts and Sen. Bruce Whitehead – rivals in the state’s hottest Senate race – will cooperate on an attempt to replace coal power plants with natural gas. It promises to be one of the biggest bills of the year. Coal miners hate it, but many other interests love it, including the state’s largest utility, the natural-gas industry, environmentalists and most of the Legislature’s Republicans and Democrats.
Associated Press: Gov. Bill Ritter urged lawmakers Tuesday to back a framework for retiring or retrofitting coal-fired power plants along the Front Range, arguing it would likely be cheaper in the long run than reacting to a series of expected new emission rules from the federal government. Ritter said the costs of maintaining existing coal plants, which are at least 40 years old, would also grow if the federal government puts a pricetag on carbon. He said changes are coming regardless of whether the state decides to act now.