Legislation establishing an Independent System Operator (ISO) to manage the electric transmission grid in Colorado

This document describes an idea of central importance to Colorado’s energy future:  a statewide unified transmission grid managed by a non-profit Independent System Operator (ISO) under a common transmission tariff. The purpose of this document is to explain the concept and attract the attention of one or more legislators who are knowledgeable about energy and might appreciate how transformative a …

DOJ: In 2018 alone there were 25 race-based terrorist attacks on U.S. soil, each committed by an alleged white supremacist but new legislation focuses on nonviolent civil resistance and property

The Department of Justice reported, in 2018 alone there were 25 race-based terrorist attacks on U.S. soil, each committed by an alleged white supremacist. Immediate action is needed to address this crisis and tragedies like the Aug. 3 shooting in El Paso, Texas. So I read with interest a recent press release of Rep. Michael McCaul—the Republican incumbent in the Texas 10th Congressional …

Wide bipartisan support for bill promoting renewables

E&E News | Nick Sobczyk, Wide bipartisan support for bill promoting renewables A bipartisan group of lawmakers reintroduced legislation yesterday to ease the path for renewable energy development on public lands. H.R. 3794, the “Public Land Renewable Energy Development Act,” would speed permitting for projects in certain areas deemed ripe for renewable energy development. It would also set up a …

Use government purchasing power to “buy clean” – assess environment and labor data from manufacturers bidding on government contracts

Amy Klobuchar’s bill offers a step towards a federal Buy Clean policy, a key policy under a Green New Deal. The bill would require enviro, labor data reporting from manufacturers etc for those bidding on govt contracts. Klobuchar Introduces Legislation to Incentivize Green Manufacturing Practices June 17, 2019 The Buy Clean Transparency Act would increase the information available to federal government offices about …

Signal the change ahead, but be skeptical when states pass laws to transform their energy economies but put most of the hardest choices years or decades into the future

Be skeptical when states pass laws to transform their energy economies but put most of the hardest choices years or decades into the future. — Mike Vandenbergh, environmental and energy law at Vanderbilt Law School. Despite this, he thinks the laws serve an important purpose because they provide a strong signal to companies, especially utilities, about what the future is …

$3.5 billion in direct fossil fuel subsidies handed out by US govt every year, not to mention billions in indirect subsidies, like allowing fossil fuel companies to freely pollute the world’s atmosphere and oceans, endangering life on Earth as we know it, without paying a dime

$3.5 billion in direct fossil fuel subsidies handed out by US govt every year, not to mention billions in indirect subsidies, like allowing fossil fuel companies to freely pollute the world’s atmosphere and oceans, endangering life on Earth as we know it, without paying a dime Who’s Behind The War On Electric Cars? May 17th, 2019 by Steve Hanley on Clean Technica If you …

Colorado Legislative Accomplishments in their short season, Jan-first week of May 2019

Hi, GBC and GBC members did so much great work this year!  We couldn’t work on everything so it was interesting to look through a longer list of what was achieved – excerpted everything that could affect businesses and those we hire… https://coloradosun.com/2019/05/07/colorado-legislative-session-2019-bills-passed-list/ For women who work: The Equal Pay for Equal Work Act, Senate Bill 85, seeks to ensure gender pay equity …

Energy is the second-largest expenditure for schools, and with flat roofs, they’re ideal for converting to solar energy: More schools could go solar under proposed grant program

“Schools have a lot of energy usage and this bill would help them offset that usage. They have flat roofs; they’re usually not shaded. … On top of that, it’s a great education opportunity. Schools that do have solar on their roofs bring students up there to learn about converting sunlight to energy. It’s a great STEM curriculum activity.”  Schools …