Legislative Updates

CREA maintains a strong presence at the Capitol representing the interests of our member electric cooperatives. The 120-day legislative session began on January 8, 2020. If you would like more information on the 2020 legislative session, visit the General Assembly home page. If you are a member of CREA, log in to the memeber only section to see what bills CREA is tracking. Below is information about previous legislation that may impact some co-op members.

2019 CREA Legislative Session Summary

The end of the 120-day session of the 72nd Colorado General Assembly was May 3, 2019. This document highlights the session.


Sunset Public Utilities Commission

SB19-236 continues the Colorado Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) recommended changes by the department of regulatory agencies. The bill also directs the CPUC create rules which require investor-owned utilities to file with the CPUC. When an investor owned utility submits a filing including a proposed retirement of an electric generating facility, the bill requires the plan to include an estimated workforce transition plan. The bill directs the CPUC to evaluate the cost of carbon dioxide emissions and require this cost to be reflected in submissions to the CPUC.  The bill establishes clear authority by the CPUC over Tri-States resource planning.  Going forward, Tri-State will be required to submit a plan for approval by the CPUC instead of going through the internal process with public hearings conducted by Tri-State as been the practice for over 10 years.


Climate Action Plan to Reduce Pollution

HB19-1261 creates “goals” for the reduction of “statewide greenhouse gas pollution” from 2005 levels: 26% reduction by 2025; 50% reduction by 2030; and 90% reduction by 2050. The term “statewide greenhouse gas pollution” is defined as “the total net statewide anthropogenic emissions of carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, hydrofluorocarbons, perfluorocarbons, nitrogen trifluoride, and sulfur hexafluoride.”

Members Only

For CREA’s summary of the 2020 legislative session


Individual printed copies of the Colorado Rural Electric Association’s 2020 Legislative Directory are available for $1 each, plus tax and shipping. To order, please contact the CREA’s communications department at 303-455-2700, Ext 711.

2020 Colorado Legislative Direcotry

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