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Bill Detail: HB23-1252

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Title Thermal Energy
Status Sent to the Governor (05/11/2023)
Bill Subjects
  • Energy
House Sponsors C. Kipp (D)
S. Lieder (D)
Senate Sponsors C. Hansen (D)
T. Exum Sr. (D)
House Committee Energy and Environment
Senate Committee Transportation and Energy
Date Introduced 03/20/2023

Section 2 of the bill authorizes the Colorado energy office to
award grants for retrofitting existing buildings for installation of a
geothermal system for heating and cooling under the single-structure
geothermal grant that the office administers and for generating
geothermal energy through direct air capture technology under the
geothermal electricity generation grant that the office administers.
Section 3 establishes labor standards for thermal energy public
projects that a state agency or a state institution of higher education
In Colorado, a gas distribution utility providing gas service to more
than 90,000 retail customers is required to file with the public utilities
commission (commission) a clean heat plan, which is a plan
demonstrating how the utility will use clean heat resources to meet clean
heat targets for reducing carbon dioxide and methane emissions. Section
adds thermal energy as an eligible clean heat resource for helping to
meet clean heat targets.
Section 5 authorizes a gas utility that is regulated by the
commission to apply for review and approval of the use of thermal energy
networks in the gas utility's service area. A gas utility that is regulated by
the commission and that serves more than 500,000 customers is required
to propose pilot thermal energy network projects for the commission's
review and approval. The commission shall initiate a proceeding on or
before January 1, 2025, to determine if rule-making or legislative changes
are needed to facilitate the development of thermal energy in the state.
Section 6 repeals the Geothermal Heat Suppliers Act, which act
requires geothermal heat suppliers to obtain operating permits from the

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