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Colorado governor signs renewable energy standard law but prevents implementation

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Although Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper signed a bill that would require rural electric cooperatives in the state to produce 20 percent of their power through renewable resources by 2020, the governor also signed an executive order preventing implementation of the law, according to the Greeley Tribune.

Hickenlooper said in a statement that the bill represents the general direction the state needs to move, but the bill itself is flawed, according to the report. Rather than implementing the bill, the governor’s executive order creates an advisory committee that will address the cost and feasibility concerns of people affected by the bill.

The Tribune stated opponents of the bill have estimated the cost to be as much as $3 billion, which would be passed on to rural electric customers.

The bill would have doubled the amount of renewable energy used by the cooperatives. Current law requires the cooperatives use 10 percent renewable energy by 2020.

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