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How do we know solar has officially arrived? Some major electricity players are aggressively moving into the distributed solar market. NRG Energy, whose core business model has been based on providing central thermal power to distribution utilities, is now shifting gears to start offering solar and natural gas combinations direct to consumers.
The state legislature passed six different bills supporting electric vehicles in the 2013 session, boosting the state to an A- ranking in a report card comparison of six southwestern states’ government policies designed to push the cars from showrooms to roads.
Companies that drill for oil and natural gas on federal lands will be required to disclose publicly the chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing operations, the Obama administration said. But environmental groups are already labeling the new proposal weaker than last year’s plan.
Senate Bill 252, which passed May 1, requires the state’s rural-based nonprofit energy cooperatives to increase the amount of renewable energy offered to 20 percent by 2020 — an unfair burden on the state’s rural communities, say opponents. Hickenlooper is still reviewing the legislation.
House Bill 1267 was killed Wednesday by the lawmaker who first proposed it. Democratic Rep. Mike Foote of Lafayette decided to drop the proposal rather than pass a version that does not include minimum fines on significant spills, as the state Senate had insisted.