During the 2020 legislative session, the General Assembly considered several measures related to natural resources and the environment, including environmental protection; wildfire prevention and control; land and species conservation; and state parks.
During the 2020 legislative session, the General Assembly considered a variety of issues related to energy, including consumer protection and bill assistance; energy efficiency in new construction; renewable energy; and natural gas.
Some U.S. cities have adopted legislation to limit or restrict the use of natural gas systems in new construction, instead requiring building systems or appliances to be powered by electricity. In response to these natural gas prohibitions, some states have enacted legislation prohibiting...
Community choice energy (CCE) is an alternative to the investor-owned utility energy supply system that allows local entities to aggregate individual customers within a defined service area and secure alternative energy suppliers on their behalf. The primary goals of CCEs have been to lower...
This memorandum provides an overview of how energy consumption and usage has changed as a result of the 2020 coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19), and how Colorado utilities are responding.
This memorandum provides an overview of the history of the Clean Air Act, describes common air pollutants and their health impacts, describes Colorado’s air quality concerns and state programs, and lists recently proposed legislation, which aims to improve air quality.
This memorandum provides information concerning severance taxes in Colorado and eight other western states. The memo provides detailed information on Colorado’s severance tax structure, including estimates for the current value of the ad valorem tax credit and the stripper well exemption. ...
This issue brief provides an overview of critical infrastructure, discusses a 2019 cyberattack on the U.S. electrical grid, and summarizes state and federal legislation addressing security for critical infrastructure.
This memo uses a unique dataset to estimate property taxes levied on the production of oil and gas to answer the following questions...
This memorandum provides information regarding programs in Colorado that address deforestation and forest degradation, and the role that forests can play in mitigating greenhouse gas emissions.
Final Report to the Colorado General Assembly by the Energy Legislation Review Interim Study Committee.
Final Report to the Colorado General Assembly by the Investor-owned Utility Review Interim Study Committee.
Final report to the Colorado General Assembly by the Wildfire Matters Review Committee. The purpose of this committee is to oversee and review the prevention, mitigation, and financing of wildfire matters in Colorado.
Final report to the Colorado General Assembly by the Water Resources Review Committee. The purpose of this committee is to oversee the conservation, use, development, and financing of Colorado's water resources.
Final report to the Colorado General Assembly by the Zero Waste and Recycling Interim Study Committee. The purpose of this committee is to study waste and recycling infrastructure, composting, and public awareness of moving toward zero waste in Colorado.
Procedures for Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reports Form
This memorandum memorializes the process for requesting and preparing greenhouse gas emissions reports (reports) pursuant to Section 2-2-322.3, C.R.S. It outlines the number of reports per session, the process for requesting reports, the preparation and timing of reports, and the preparation of...
Summary report for the Energy Legislation Review Interim Study Committee.
Summary report for the Investor-owned Utility Review Interim Study Committee.
Summary report for the Zero Waste and Recycling Interim Study Committee.
Summary Report for the Water Resources Review Committee to the Legislative Council.
Greenhouse gas emissions have been identified by the global scientific community as the major driver of climate change. Globally, countries are committing to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to combat the effects of climate change. This memorandum provides background on the policies and...
This issue brief describes single-use plastics, current Colorado law, proposed legislation in Colorado that would have addressed single-use plastics, and other states that have enacted single-use plastics legislation.
During the 2019 legislative session, the General Assembly considered a variety of measures related to climate change, land conservation, wildfires, and other issues related to environmental protection.