State and Local Policy

Since 2007, EEBC has advocated for energy efficiency policy that has reduced demand from large investor-owned utilities by 500 MW. That’s the size of a large power plant!

In 2017, several state policies are converging that could have a significant impact on the energy efficiency industry and utility energy efficiency programs. EEBC's Board of Directors, Staff, and Policy Committee are all actively engaged in these activities.


STATE POLICY ACTIVITIES

House Bill 1037 - State Energy Efficiency Resource Standard

Colorado's energy efficiency resource standard set energy savings goals for Colorado's largest utilities through 2020. This legislation created utility energy efficiency programs (or demand side management programs) for consumers and commercial buildings. These programs fund consumer and commercial rebates on energy efficiency products and services, energy design assistance rebates for commercial buildings, and other energy efficiency incentive programs. For more details, see the CO HB1037 page in the Database of State Incentives for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.

This legislation expires in 2018. EEBC will work with state government, utilities, the PUC, and NGOs on renewal or replacement of this legislationHB1037 >>

PUC - Strategic Issues and Other Dockets

Every five years, Xcel Energy files a Strategic Issues docket with the Public Utility Commission. This is the utility’s five-year policy docket that sets its energy savings goals for the next five years. EEBC intervenes in this filing to make recommendations from industry on utility energy savings targets, types of utility energy efficiency programs and plans to meet those targets. Also before the PUC is a rate case. EEBC is monitoring this rate case to find out the impact on energy efficiency programs.

Clean Power Plan

The Clean Power Plan goes to the DC District Court in September. It will probably be appealed to the Supreme Court and be heard in January 2017. However, the CO state plan is due in draft form in September to the EPA. For that reason, utilities in the state met with EEBC, the Colorado Energy Office, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, environmental organizations, and other state agencies to discuss how the state’s energy resources would be used to comply: energy efficiency, renewable energy, natural gas, coal, and other forms of energy for compliance. EEBC is working with the Colorado Energy Office on how energy efficiency would be measured and verified for the state plan. Our goal is to get the state to include energy efficiency as a compliance strategy for the Clean Power Plan. For more information, visit our CPP Page

State Policy Success Stories

To read about how our advocacy has made beneficial changes in legislation for energy efficiency read our Success Story.


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