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Bill Detail: HB24-1370

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Title Reduce Cost of Use of Natural Gas
Status House Committee on Energy & Environment Refer Amended to Appropriations (04/04/2024)
Bill Subjects
  • Energy
  • Natural Resources & Environment
House Sponsors C. Kipp (D)
J. Willford (D)
Senate Sponsors
House Committee Energy and Environment
Senate Committee
Date Introduced 03/11/2024
Summary

The bill requires the Colorado energy office to issue a request for
information by December 1, 2024, to solicit interest from local
governments that are served by a dual-fuel utility (utility) in becoming a
gas planning priority community (community). A gas planning priority
community is defined in the bill as a local government in which
constituents have gas service provided by a dual-fuel utility that formally
indicates an interest in working with the utility to mutually explore
opportunities for neighborhood-scale alternatives projects. A
neighborhood-scale alternatives project geographically targets
decommissioning of a portion of the gas distribution system or avoids
expanding the gas distribution system in order to serve new construction
projects and provides substitute energy service to buildings within the
project area that is cost-effective and reduces future greenhouse gas
emissions required to serve buildings.
By April 30, 2025, the Colorado energy office and the utility must
jointly file with the public utilities commission (commission) the results
of the request for information, identifying any proposed communities.
The Colorado energy office and the utility must also file a draft
agreement between the utility and a proposed community to identify and
pursue a neighborhood-scale alternatives project. The commission must
approve or modify the list of proposed communities by June 30, 2025.
By October 1, 2025, a utility and each approved community must
enter into an agreement, and the utility must submit to the commission a
list of the communities with which the utility has entered into an
agreement. For each approved community, the utility is required to
disclose certain information to the Colorado energy office, the
commission, and the community, including a map with information
regarding the utility's gas distribution and electric systems and operations
within the community.
The bill requires the utility to work with an approved community
to rank neighborhood-scale alternatives projects and, before June 1, 2026,
to submit at least one neighborhood-scale alternatives project in each
community to the commission for approval or an explanation of why no
neighborhood-scale alternatives project will be pursued in a community.
By June 1 of each year following approval of a neighborhood-scale
alternatives project, a utility is required to submit a report to the
commission on the implementation of any approved neighborhood-scale
alternatives projects. The commission must allow the utility to recover
costs incurred from the implementation of a neighborhood-scale
alternatives project.

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