May 2022
The Colorado legislature finished its work on May 11 (a deadline set by law) and this month we take a quick look at some of the important energy legislation the lawmakers passed. You can read entire bills by clicking on each link. This marks another year of progress for Colorado in speeding up the energy transition and we are grateful for the elected representatives who worked hard on these measures.
At New Energy Colorado, we are planning our annual Solstice Party and look forward to seeing many of you in person June 21 for the first time in too long. It's been a long, hard slog through the pandemic and we are ready to celebrate the longest day of the year with you! See details below for our party at the beautiful Retreat at Solterra.
Sunny regards,
Rebecca Cantwell 
for New Energy Colorado

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Lawmakers Work to Speed the Clean Energy Transition

The 2022 session of the Colorado General Assembly included a variety of important legislation designed to encourage the use of renewable energy, cut carbon emissions, incentivize electrification and add more efficiency to buildings and vehicles. These are some of the major bills passed. A variety of our partner organizations, including the Colorado Renewable Energy Society and the Colorado Solar and Storage Association, played an active role in communicating with lawmakers.

SB22-193- Air Quality Improvement Investments – This measure provides funding to the Colorado Energy Office for energy efficiency, renewable energy and electric vehicle programs, including $65 million to buy electric school buses, $12 million for bike programs and $25 million for industry to adopt efficiency measures.
HB22-1362 Building Greenhouse Gas Emissions This measure will require cities and counties to adopt stronger building codes when they update their rules. It requires the Colorado energy office to identify language for model codes that will encourage solar-ready construction, encourage low-energy construction and encourage green building. It will also create grant programs to encourage efficient electric heating and appliances and electrification for public buildings. 
SB22-051 Policies To Reduce Emissions From Built Environment The bill provides 10% tax credits for purchases of air-source and ground-source heat pump systems and exempts them from state sales taxes. It also creates tax credits for energy storage systems.
HB22-1249 Electric Grid Resilience And Reliability Roadmap - The bill creates a roadmap for improving electric grids in the state. It will include: the potential benefits of developing microgrids, potential threats to grid reliability and recommendations for improvements to facilitate microgrids.
HB22-1218 – Resource Efficiency Buildings Electric Vehicles – This measure requires commercial and multifamily buildings to include electric vehicle charging capability. The requirements for charging and conduits allowing EV equipment to be installed vary by building size.
HB22-1355 Producer Responsibility Program For Recycling – The bill sets up a program to expand recycling statewide, paid by producers of packaging materials and paper products. The program would be run by a nonprofit and cover residences, business, schools and other public places. 
Solar Industry Reeling from Trade Case
The solar industry nationally is reeling and warning of potentially dire consequences because of a tariff investigation by the U.S. Department of Commerce. The probe is looking into whether imports from Cambodia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam are dodging duties on Chinese made silicon cells. The investigation creates deep uncertainty across the solar industry and prompted the Colorado Solar and Storage Association to warn of possible supply disruptions which could delay projects.
“Our renewable-energy future is at the brink,” said Jason Sharpe, CEO of Namaste Solar. “The current lack of a solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC) extension and the specter of retroactive tariffs is threatening to push our industry over the edge.”
 Colorado U.S. Senators Michael Bennet and John Hickenlooper joined U.S. Senator Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) and a bipartisan group of their colleagues in urging President Joe Biden to expedite and bring to a swift conclusion the administration’s investigation. Gov. Polis also called for a quick resolution. You can contact their offices to express support. 
Annual Solstice Party June 21
Join New Energy Colorado as we gather in person for our annual Summer Solstice party. We invite everyone interested in promoting a clean energy future to join with friends and co-workers. We also celebrate Colorado progress made thanks to all the workers in solar, other renewable energy, green building, and energy efficiency. It's been too long since we gathered together!

We plan to have live music, beer, wine, appetizers and short talks from some of our state’s leaders. As a special treat, we will have telescopes allowing you to look at the sun without harming your eyes! We all rely on the sun and its boundless energy, so this is a perfect time and place to enjoy the longest day in the Sun with your friends and co-workers! Plus we have discounts for those who bring their friends. See registration for more information.

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Tue. June 21 - 6:00 – 8:30pm -- The Retreat at Solterra
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Upcoming Events

May 19 - 7 p.m. - Climate Change and the Ski Industry
Colorado Renewable Energy Society Webinar:

May 24 - Clean Energy Solutions Summit
The spring Clean Energy Solutions Summit is a hands-on, solutions-based approach for governments, private companies or non-profit organizations and clean energy experts to develop solutions to the biggest challenges facing their organization today.

Do you know an organization that is struggling with one of its solar initiatives or projects? Invite them to join CESS as a solutions seeker. Contact Mike Kruger at to learn more.

May 26- 7-9 p.m.- JCRES: Building Codes- Crucial for Energy Savings and Comfort
Hear from Jim Meyers, the Buildings Program Director for the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP, Free and open to the public.
Jefferson Unitarian Church - 14350 W. 32nd Ave. (Applewood)

Aug. 6 Renewables Powering Forward
Solutions For Our Clean Energy Transformation
1-day teach-in conference on achieving a better energy future for Colorado and beyond. In person and online, low cost, scholarships available. Golden, Colorado
Organized by the Colorado Renewable Energy Society and Co-sponsored by New Energy Colorado.
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