It is not news that renewable energy sources are cleaner and cheaper. Yet even still, adoption of policies to promote energy sources like solar, have not been as fast as many environmental proponents would have liked.
However, in Colorado at least, that is soon to change.
In a state that presently draws half of its energy from coal, the goal is to be 100% carbon-free by 2040. Already, 11 bills have been passed that move the state in that direction.
The process started last year when the Air Quality Control Commission (AQCC) in Colorado adopted low emission standards for the state. What followed was groundbreaking. The state then passed a unanimous referendum to begin the process of adopting zero emission in vehicular standards.
Here are some of the key features of the bills passed to date:
More Solar Power Generation
By looking more closely at the benefits of rooftopssolar energy generation and establishing a commission to measure and oversee increased solar usage, the state hopes to continue reducing coal utilization.
Climate Action Plan to Reduce Pollution
The goal is to of reduce carbon emissions to 90% below 2005 levels by 2040; reduce carbon emissions to 26% by 2025 and 50% by 2030.
More community Solar Gardens
By lifting the community solar power generation cap from 2 MW to 5 MW, the bills encourage the growth of what many see as a viable solar energy source.
Development of Electric Motor Vehicle based Public Utility Services in the State
Requiring public utilities to build charging stations for electric vehicles the bills lay the groundwork for increased electric vehicle usage throughout the state.
Extending deadline for Innovative Motor Vehicle Income Tax Credits
The deadline is now extended to 2025.
Adopting the Latest Building Energy Codes
A powerful part of the bills, the state now requires all cities in Colorado to adopt any one of the three most recent editions of the international energy conservation codes.
Not just do many believe that this is the way of the future and have set Colorado up to truly be transformative in energy utilization, they also act to save residents a significant amount of money. A report by the Rocky Mountain Institute claims that around 1 million utility customers can save $600 million by 2030 if they switch over to renewable sources of energy.
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