Thermal Renewable Energy (TRE) Policy in CO

Healthy Heat for Colorado

In 2013, Senator Gail Schwartz and Representative Randy Fischer sponsored SB 12-272, the Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energies Jobs Act—to incentivize solar thermal and geothermal as well as energy efficiency. That bill was heard the Senate Agriculture, Natural Resources and Energy Committee and the testimony provide a good first step toward educating the public and law-makers on the need to develop sound policy for these resources and technologies.

If you believe that we need to ensure that Coloradans have access to these safe, comfortable renewable energy technologies, please make sure that you sign up here as a supporter and follow us on Facebook or Twitter so that your networks will learn about it and we know that you are behind this effort!


30 Seconds for 3 Crucial Ways to Support TRE Policy in Colorado

Solar thermal systems harness up to 85% of the sun’s energy for thermal (heating) purposes. The systems capture heat in a circulating liquid for use in space heating, water heating or other heating processes.

Geothermal heat pumps circulate liquid through buried pipes, transferring solar energy stored in the ground between the earth and a building. These systems provide heat in the winter, cooling in the summer, and heat for domestic hot water.

Policy such as the 2013 Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energies Jobs Act would create local jobs, strengthen diverse Colorado economies, stabilize energy costs, and protect our water and air. It will:

  • Provide utility cost savings and stable, long-term funding for highly energy efficient natural gas DSM technologies, like load management, insulation and automated/programmable technologies.
  • Use existing natural gas DSM fees and not impose any new DSM costs on consumers.
  • Allow more technologies to qualify for DSM programs.
  • Make natural gas DSM funds available to mature thermal renewables, including solar thermal and geothermal heat pumps.
  • Keep rebates available to all investor-owned utility retail natural gas customers.
  • Direct the PUC to regularly review DSM programs for ways to help more energy customers access relevant DSM technologies.


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