CO: Two bills would water down RPS


In Colorado, two bills have been introduced that would significantly impact the state’s current RPS. S.B. 44 would reduce the state’s RPS requirement for investor-owned utilities to 15% in 2015 and thereafter, lowering the existing levels of 20% during 2015-2019 and 30% during 2020 and thereafter. However, the current 3% carve-out for distributed generation in 2020 and thereafter would remain. S.B. 44 also would reduce Colorado’s RPS requirements for rural cooperatives from 20% to 15% in 2020.

S.B. 46 would establish a triple-credit multiplier for all retail DG for the general RPS requirements applicable to rural cooperatives. Currently, a triple-credit multiplier exists only for solar generators placed in service by July 1, 2015. S.B. 46 would also eliminate the current retail DG requirement (0.5% in 2020) for rural cooperatives, while retaining the general DG requirement (1% by 2020), and define all community solar gardens as retail DG for the purpose of RPS compliance by rural cooperatives.