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h_tra_2016a_2016-03-09t13:36:03z1 Hearing Summary

Date: 03/09/2016



Final

BILL SUMMARY for SB16-007



HOUSE COMMITTEE ON TRANSPORTATION & ENERGY


Votes: View--> Action Taken:
Postpone Senate Bill 16-007 indefinitely. The moti

Refer Senate Bill 16-007 to the Committee of the W
PASS

FAIL







02:21 PM -- SB 16-007



Representative Coram, prime sponsor, came to the table to present Senate Bill 16-007. Current law requires Colorado retail electric service providers to generate, or cause to be generated, a specified portion of its sales from eligible energy resources, including renewable energy resources. One of the eligible energy resources is biomass. For a period of up to 30 years, this bill specifies that each kilowatt-hour of electricity generated from a biomass source using forest materials taken from areas with a high risk of wildfire will count as 3 kilowatt-hours for purposes of complying with the renewable energy standard.



02:24 PM --
Lyle Laverty, representing the Society of American Foresters, testified in support of the bill. Mr. Laverty responded to questions from the committee. Discussion ensued.



02:38 PM



Representative Coram responded to questions from the committee.



02:42 PM --
Gwen Farnsworth, representing Western Resource Advocates, testified in opposition to the bill. Ms. Farnsworth responded to questions from the committee.



03:01 PM



Committee discussion with Ms. Farnsworth continued.



03:06 PM --
Becky Long, representing Conservation Colorado, testified in opposition to the bill. Committee discussion ensued. Ms. Long responded to questions from the committee.



03:22 PM



Ms. Farnsworth returned to the table to respond to a question from the committee. Discussion ensued.



03:29 PM --
Molly May, representing herself, testified in support of the bill.

03:33 PM --
Ron Larson, representing himself, testified in support of the bill.

03:38 PM --
James Gaspard, representing Biochar Now, testified neutrally on the bill. Mr. Gaspard responded to questions from the committee.



03:45 PM --
Bill Beierwaltes, representing Biochar Now, testified neutrally on the bill. He distributed two handouts on biochar and his company, Biochar Now, to the committee (Attachment B). Mr. Beierwaltes responded to questions from the committee.



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03:55 PM --
John Field, representing himself, testified neutrally on the bill. He distributed a written copy of his testimony to the committee (Attachment C), and responded to questions.



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04:06 PM --
Jonah Levine, representing Confluence Energy LLC and Pueblo Wood Products, testified in support of the bill. He distributed a sample of his company's biochar product to the committee. He responded to questions from the committee.



04:26 PM



Representative Coram made his closing comments on the bill. The committee discussed the merits of the bill.

BILL: SB16-007
TIME: 04:35:25 PM
MOVED: Tyler
MOTION: Refer Senate Bill 16-007 to the Committee of the Whole. The motion failed on a vote of 6-7.
SECONDED: Becker J.
VOTE
Becker J.
Yes
Buck
Yes
Carver
Yes
Coram
Yes
Esgar
No
Kraft-Tharp
No
Melton
No
Moreno
No
Neville P.
Yes
Nordberg
Yes
Winter
No
Mitsch Bush
No
Tyler
No
YES: 6 NO: 7 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: FAIL




BILL: SB16-007
TIME: 04:36:32 PM
MOVED: Melton
MOTION: Postpone Senate Bill 16-007 indefinitely. The motion passed on a vote of 7-6.
SECONDED: Moreno
VOTE
Becker J.
No
Buck
No
Carver
No
Coram
No
Esgar
Yes
Kraft-Tharp
Yes
Melton
Yes
Moreno
Yes
Neville P.
No
Nordberg
No
Winter
Yes
Mitsch Bush
Yes
Tyler
Yes
Final YES: 7 NO: 6 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: PASS



04:37 PM



The committee was adjourned.




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