Colorado Energy regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Colorado Energy: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Renewable energy portfolio: Colorado Revised Statutes (CRS) 40-2-124 and Senate Bill 252

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Hydraulic fracturing: 2 Code of Colorado Regulations (CCR) 404-1

Trade secrets: 2 CCR 404-1, Section 205A

Regulatory Agencies

Governor's Office of Energy Management and Conservation

Public Utilities Commission (PUC)

Colorado Department of Natural Resources Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC)

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. To date, the federal government's involvement in renewable energy programs has been limited to voluntary programs and providing financial incentives for renewable energy generation. However, Colorado state legislation has established a renewable energy portfolio standard.

Administration and enforcement. The Governor's Office of Energy Management and Conservation will assist the Public Utilities Commission with the implementation of the renewable energy portfolio standard. The COGCC regulates oil and gas permitting in the state.

State Requirements


Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard

CRS 40-2-124

Colorado amended its renewable energy portfolio statutes in 2007 and again in 2010. The current rules set standards for the use of renewable and/or recyclable energy resources by public and municipal utilities.

A renewable energy resource is defined as:

  • Solar
  • Wind
  • Geothermal
  • Biomass
  • New hydroelectricity with a nameplate rating of 10 megawatts (MW) or less
  • Hydroelectricity in existence as of January 1, 2005, with a nameplate rating of 30 MW or less

A recycled energy resource is energy produced by a generation unit with a nameplate ...

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