Colorado gets law to curb emissions, control haze

Colo. Gov. Hickenlooper signs emissions law

California's low-carbon fuel standard, designed to decrease greenhouse gas emissions, was struck down in federal court this week.

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper last week signed HB 1291, a sweeping plan to curb emission that contribute to haze along the Front Range.

The bill — sponsored by House Speaker Frank McNulty, R-Highlands Ranch, and Senate Majority Leader John Morse, D-Colorado Springs — passed in the Senate by a 25-10 vote on April 27. It passed the state House of Representatives by a 58-7 margin earlier in April.

The bill approves Colorado’s “Regional Haze State Implementation Plan,” which must be submitted to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The plan is expected to reduce emissions of sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide, which contribute to regional haze, by more than 70,000 tons a year by 2018.

Much of the plan revolves around the Clean Air-Clean Jobs Act signed by former Gov. Bill Ritter in 2010. The law called for the Colorado Public Utilities Commission (PUC) to approve a plan for Xcel Energy Inc. to curb power plant emissions by cutting the use of coal, and boosting the use of natural gas, to generate power in the Denver area. Xcel also will add emissions control equipment to power plants elsewhere in the state.

Read more in the Denver Business Journal.

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