Rural Energy Bill Up For Debate Again In Colorado

The Rocky Mountains can be seen in the distance as wind mills generate electricity at the Ponnequin Wind Farm near Carr, Colo., on Monday, Jan. 29, 2007. A new report by two environmental groups warns that plans for more coal-fired power plants in the Southwest will worsen the threat of global warming and undermine the states' conservation efforts. A spokesman for a major Western electricity supply say that coal is economic and reliable but utilities are looking for ways to expand their use of renewable energy. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)
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Colorado Republicans are launching their efforts to undo some left-leaning proposals adopted last year.

A Senate committee controlled by Democrats is scheduled to consider a GOP proposal on Wednesday to strike a new law that dramatically raises renewable energy requirements for Colorado's rural cooperative electric associations.

The law requires Colorado's rural cooperative electric associations to get 20 percent of their energy from renewable sources by 2020, up from 10 percent. That's a lower threshold than required of electricity providers serving most Coloradans, but Republicans argue that rural residents can't afford the upgrade.

Democrats are giving the energy proposal a chilly reception, saying they'd rather focus on capping electricity rate hikes to 2 percent.

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