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GOP sets sights on Colorado energy mandates

DENVER — Colorado Republicans want to roll back the state’s renewable energy mandates. And with greater numbers in the state Legislature this year, along with falling energy prices, they’re feeling more confident about their chances.

A group of Republican senators wasted no time proposing energy changes. They suggested a rollback bill introduced on the session’s first day. The measure would lower the amount of renewable energy sources required of Colorado electricity providers.

For larger utilities, renewable energy mandates would drop from 30 percent by 2020 to 15 percent by 2020. For rural electricity co-ops, the renewable energy requirement would drop from 20 percent by 2020 to 15 percent by 2020.

Democrats still control the House and governor’s office and insist the renewable energy mandates aren’t going away, despite lower energy prices.

In related news, Colorado increases fines for oil, gas drilling violations.

This article was written by Kristen Wyatt from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

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