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S_TRA_2021A 04/06/2021 02:04:52 PM Committee Summary

PUBLIC
STAFF SUMMARY OF MEETING
SENATE COMMITTEE ON TRANSPORTATION & ENERGY
Date 04/06/2021
Attendance
Coram X
Donovan X
Hisey X
Scott *
Zenzinger X
Pettersen *
Winter X
Time 02:04:52 PM to 04:29:42 PM
Place SCR 357
This Meeting was called to order by Winter
This Report was prepared by Annie Kitch
Hearing Items Action Taken
SB21-170 Postponed Indefinitely
HB21-1131 Referred to the Committee of the Whole
SB21-108 Lay Over

SB21-170 - Postponed Indefinitely


02:05:44 PM  
The committee came
to order.  Senators Hisey and Ginal, co-prime bill sponsors, introduced
Senate Bill 21-170, which requires a cooperative electric association  to
adopt a wildland fire protection plan. Senator Hisey shared that they would
like to postpone the bill indefinitely. Senators Hisey and Ginal responded
to comments from the committee.  


02:16:02 PM
Motion Postpone Senate Bill 21-170 indefinitely.
Moved Zenzinger
Seconded
Coram Yes
Donovan Yes
Hisey Yes
Scott Yes
Zenzinger Yes
Pettersen Yes
Winter Yes
Final YES: 7   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



HB21-1131 - Referred to the Committee of the Whole


02:18:00 PM  
Senators Winter and
Coram, co-prime bill sponsors, introduced House Bill 21-1131, which concerns
governance requirements for cooperative electric associations. Public comments
on this bill can be found in Attachment A.  

02:20:27 PM  
Mr. Dan Kowalski,
representing self, testified in support of the bill.
02:22:45 PM  
Mr. Scott Fetchenheier,
representing San Juan County Colorado, testified in support of the bill.
02:25:26 PM  
Mr. Eric Jacobson, representing himself, testified in support of the bill.
02:30:16 PM  
Greg Brophy, representing
The Western Way, testified in support of the bill.  Mr. Brophy responded
to questions from the committee.
02:32:42 PM  
Allison Conwell, representing CoPIRG (Colorado Public Interest Research Group), testified in support of the bill.
02:35:15 PM  
Ms. Virginia Harman, representing Delta Montrose Electric Association, testified in support of the bill.
02:37:35 PM  
Mr. Duane Highley,
representing Tri-State Generation and Transmission, testified in support
of the bill.  Mr. Highley responded to questions from the committee.
02:42:25 PM  
Dr. Bryan Hannegan, representing Holy Cross Energy, testified in support of the bill.
02:47:03 PM  
Mr. Geoff  Hier,
representing Colorado Rural Electric Association , testified in support
of the bill.  Mr. Hier responded to questions from the committee.
02:49:46 PM  
Troy Whitmore, representing United Power, testified in support of the bill.


02:56:25 PM
Motion Refer House Bill 21-1131 to the Committee of the Whole.
Moved Coram
Seconded
Coram Yes
Donovan Yes
Hisey Yes
Scott Yes
Winter Yes
Pettersen Yes
Zenzinger Yes
Final YES: 7   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



SB21-108 - Lay Over

02:56:41 PM  
The committee took a brief recess.
03:07:29 PM  
The committee reconvened.
03:07:44 PM  
Senator Story, prime
bill sponsor, introduced Senate Bill 21-108, concerning gas pipeline safety,
and, in connection therewith, increasing and clarifying the rule-making
and enforcement authority of the public utilities commission. Senator Story
distributed and explained amendments L.001, L.002, and L.003.  (Attachments
B-D). Public comments on this bill can be found in Attachment E.  
03:11:40 PM  
Scott Prestidge,
representing Colorado Oil & Gas Association, testified to amend the
bill.  Carrie Hackenberger, representing American Petroleum Institute
Colorado, testified in a neutral position on the bill.  Mr. Joe Molloy,
representing self, testified in a neutral position on the bill.  Mr,
Prestidge responded to questions from the committee.
03:26:18 PM  
Mr. Eric Allen, representing
self, testified in support of the bill.  Mr. Allen distributed a fact
sheet on the number of hours that surrounding stated spend inspecting pipelines
(Attachment F).
03:32:16 PM  
Mr. Scott Jones,
representing self, testified in support of the bill.  Ms. Jan Rose,
representing self, testified in support of the bill. The panelists responded
to questions from the committee.
03:43:20 PM  
Mr Dale Maple, representing
self, testified in support of the bill.  Mr. Edmund Knolmayer, representing
self, testified in support of the bill.  Dr. Jan Douglas, representing
Colorado Sierra Club, testified in support of the bill. The panelists responded
to questions from the committee.
03:55:20 PM  
Ms. Ariana Gonzalez,
representing NRDC, testified in support of the bill.  Mr. George Twigg,
representing Boulder County, testified in support of the bill.  Elizabeth
Paranhos, representing Cities of Aurora and Lafayette and City and County
of Broomfield, testified in support of the bill.

04:02:26 PM  
Mr. Gerald Arnold,
representing Rocky Mountain Pipe Trades District Council #5, testified
in support of the bill.  Ms. Sara-Rose Tannenbaum, representing Conservation
Colorado, testified in support of the bill.
04:07:42 PM  
Andrew Forkes-Gudmundson,
representing League of Oil and Gas Impacted Coloradans, testified in support
of the bill.  Mr. Forkes-Gudmundson responded to questions from the
committee.  
04:12:43 PM  
Mr. Jeffrey Moore,
representing City of Aurora Oil & Gas Division, testified in support
of the bill.
04:16:20 PM  
The committee took a brief recess.
04:25:46 PM  
The committee came
back to order.  Senator Story gave closing remarks and shared that
she would like to lay the bill over for action only.  Senator Winter
laid the bill over for action only at a later time.


04:29:42 PM   The committee adjourned.






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