March 6, 2010--Legislature OKs senator's energy bill (Durango Herald)

Sen. Bruce Whitehead's renewable energy bill passed the Legislature on Friday in a 21-13 vote, but even before it passed, the bill generated enough heat to raise temperatures in the Senate. House Bill 1001 lifts the renewable power standard for Colorado's biggest utilities to 30 percent by 2020. It is one of Gov. Bill Ritter's top goals for the year, and it marks the third time since 2004 that Colorado has raised its renewable power standard. The bill allows small hydroelectric projects - less than 10 megawatts - to be counted in the renewable energy standard. Republicans tried and failed to get all hydro power included. Whitehead defended the 10 megawatt cap, saying the power plants at every major dam in Southwest Colorado are less than 10 megawatts each. Vallecito Reservoir has a 5.8-megawatt plant, and the McPhee Reservoir pipeline to Towaoc has two 4.5-megawatt generators, Whitehead said.

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