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2019 Environmental, Energy, and Health Legislation


Community Solar Gardens Modernization Act

Amends current statute by: Increasing the maximum size of a CSG from 2 to 5 megawatts; Removing the requirement that a CSG subscriber's identified physical location be in the same county as, or a county adjacent to, that of the CSG, while retaining the requirement that it be within the service territory of the same electric utility; and Requiring all photovoltaic electrical work on a CSG of greater than 2 megawatts to be supervised by a licensed master electrician, licensed journeyman electrician, or licensed residential wireman, and comply with all applicable electrical codes and standards. If a qualifying retail utility owns all or part of a community solar garden, the utility is required to use its own employees to operate and maintain the modules and other electrical equipment that the utility owns


Climate Action Plan to Reduce Pollution

The bill requires the air quality control commission in the department of public health and environment to collect greenhouse gas emissions data from greenhouse gas-emitting entities, report on the data, including a forecast of future emissions, and propose a draft rule to address the emissions by July 1, 2020. Concerning the collection of greenhouse gas emissions data to facilitate the implementation of measures that would most cost-effectively allow the state to meet its greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals


Electric Utility Plans to Further Reduce Carbon Dioxide Emissions

Concerning plans to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by qualifying retail utilities, and, in connection therewith, encouraging the achievement of zero carbon dioxide emissions by 2050


New Appliance Energy & Water Efficiency Standards

Updates efficiency standards for equipment sold in Colorado, and, in connection therewith, requiring certain appliances, plumbing fixtures, and other products sold for residential or commercial use to meet energy efficiency and water efficiency standards.


Protect Public Welfare Oil & Gas Operations

The bill prioritizes the protection of public safety, health, welfare, and the environment in the regulation the oil and gas industry by modifying the oil and gas statute and by clarifying, reinforcing, and establishing local governments' regulatory authority over the surface impacts of oil and gas development.


Protect Water Quality Adverse Mining Impacts

Addresses the protection of water quality from adverse impacts caused by mineral mining. Current law does not address reliance on perpetual water treatment as the means to minimize impacts to water quality in a reclamation plan for a mining operation. The bill requires most reclamation plans to demonstrate, by substantial evidence, a reasonably forseeable end date for any water quality treatment necessary to ensure compliance with applicable water quality standards.

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