Metro North Chamber against proposed demand on retail utilities

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    WESTMINSTER — The Metro North Chamber of Commerce announced Feb. 21 it voted through its business and government affairs committee to oppose a legislative proposal that would place unreasonable demands on cooperative electric associations and municipally-owned utilities.
    House Bill 13-1216, sponsored by state Rep. Crisanta Duran (D-Denver), would require retail utilities to derive minimum amounts of their sales from specific and additional renewable sources (solar and wind power). The bill also calls for an increase in the capacity of customer-generated power that the retail utilities would have to plan to credit, both residentially and commercially.
    “While the Chamber’s Business & Government Affairs Committee applauds the spirit behind this bill, unfortunately the smaller utility companies in the state are not equipped to meet the requirements without encountering significant financial consequences to co-op member customers,” said Troy Whitmore, chair of the B&GA Committee. “These mandated rebates to select utility customers would translate into a 1-3 percent rate increase for all customers, and the bill would essentially choose ‘winners and losers’ within the customer base and within the industry.”