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Bill Detail: SB24-212

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Title Local Govs Renewable Energy Projects
Status Governor Signed (05/21/2024)
Bill Subjects
  • Energy
House Sponsors K. Brown (D)
K. McCormick (D)
Senate Sponsors C. Hansen (D)
S. Fenberg (D)
House Committee Transportation, Housing and Local Government
Senate Committee Transportation and Energy
Date Introduced 04/22/2024
Summary

The bill requires the energy and carbon management commission
in the department of natural resources, at the request of a local
government or tribal government, to provide technical support
concerning:
  • The development of local codes governing wind, solar,
energy storage, and energy transmission projects
(renewable energy projects); or
  • The review of proposed renewable energy projects.
For all renewable energy projects, at the request of an owner or
operator of a renewable energy facility (facility owner), local government,
or tribal government, the division of parks and wildlife shall provide the
facility owner, local government, or tribal government a set of best
management practices for renewable energy projects. The best
management practices may be incorporated into project plans at the
discretion of the facility owner, local government, or tribal government.
The division shall also identify project-specific habitat impacts and
high-priority habitats based on the best available science.
The bill requires the Colorado energy office, in cooperation with
the department of local affairs and the department of natural resources,
to develop a repository of model codes and ordinances for renewable
energy projects for the purpose of providing conceptual frameworks that
local governments and tribal governments may consider and adapt to suit
local circumstances and address local energy resources. On or before
September 30, 2025, the Colorado energy office must submit to the
general assembly a report that evaluates local government processes to
determine whether reasonable pathways for renewable energy siting exist
in areas with suitable wind and solar resources.

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