SB 20-150

  • Colorado Senate Bill
  • 2020 Regular Session
  • Introduced in Senate Mar 02, 2020
  • Passed Senate Feb 28, 2020
  • House
  • Governor

Adopt Renewable Natural Gas Standard

Abstract

The bill requires the public utilities commission to adopt by rule, no later than July 31, 2021, renewable natural gas programs for large natural gas utilities (those that have at least 200,000 250,000 customer accounts in Colorado) and small natural gas utilities (those that have fewer than 200,000 250,000 customer accounts in Colorado). Municipally owned natural gas utilities may, but need not, participate in a renewable natural gas program. The rules must include reporting requirements and a process for natural gas utilities to fully recover prudently incurred costs associated with the large and small renewable natural gas programs. "Renewable natural gas" is defined to mean any of the following products processed to meet pipeline quality standards or transportation fuel-grade requirements or delivered by an alternative energy carrier : Biogas that is blended with, or substituted for, geologic natural gas; Hydrogen gas derived from renewable energy sources; or Methane gas derived from any combination of biogas; hydrogen gas or carbon oxides derived from renewable energy sources; waste carbon dioxide; coalbed methane resulting from human activity; naturally occurring coalbed deposits; a municipal solid waste landfill; waste tire or municipal solid waste pyrolysis; or biogas recovery from manure management systems and anaerobic digesters ; or the decomposition of organic food waste . If a large natural gas utility's total incremental annual cost to meet the targets of the large renewable natural gas program exceeds 5% 2% of the large natural gas utility's total revenue requirement for a particular year, the large natural gas utility shall not make additional qualified investments under the large renewable natural gas program for that year without approval from the commission. The bill establishes the following portfolio targets for the percentage of gas purchased by large natural gas utilities that is renewable natural gas: By January 1, 2025, at least 5% must be renewable natural gas; By January 1, 2030, at least 10% must be renewable natural gas; and On and after January 1, 2035, at least 15% must be renewable natural gas. Small natural gas utilities may opt in to the small renewable natural gas program as established by the commission by rule. The rule must include tradeable credits and a rate cap limiting the small natural gas utility's costs of procuring renewable natural gas from third parties and qualified investments in renewable natural gas infrastructure. The bill appropriates $83,555 from the fixed utilities cash fund to the department of regulatory agencies for use by the public utilities commission to implement the bill. (Note: Italicized words indicate new material added to the original summary; dashes through words indicate deletions from the original summary.) (Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)

Bill Sponsors (4)

Votes


Feb 28, 2020

Actions


May 28, 2020

House

House Committee on Energy & Environment Postpone Indefinitely

Mar 02, 2020

House

Introduced In House - Assigned to Energy & Environment

  • Introduction
Energy & Environment

Feb 28, 2020

Senate

Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments

Feb 27, 2020

Senate

Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor

Feb 25, 2020

Senate

Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole

  • Committee-Passage
  • Referral-Committee
Senate Committee of the Whole Appropriations

Feb 11, 2020

Senate

Senate Committee on Transportation & Energy Refer Amended to Appropriations

  • Referral-Committee
Appropriations Transportation & Energy

Jan 28, 2020

Senate

Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Transportation & Energy

  • Introduction
Transportation & Energy

Bill Text

Bill Text Versions Format
Reengrossed (02/28/2020) PDF
Engrossed (02/27/2020) PDF
Introduced (01/28/2020) PDF
PA2 (02/25/2020) PDF
PA1 (02/12/2020) PDF
Committee Amendment PDF

Related Documents

Document Format
Fiscal Note SA1 (02/25/2020) PDF
Fiscal Note FN1 (02/10/2020) PDF
Fiscal Note FN2 (03/11/2020) PDF
Fiscal Note FN3 (09/17/2020) PDF

Sources

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