Colorado raises state RPS
On March 22, Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter signed into law HB 10-1001, calling for Colorado to draw 30 percent of its energy from renewable sources by 2020. The bill trumps the state's previous goal of 20 percent by 2020, an amendment that passed in 2004.
The bill requires a portion of the RPS to be met through a subset of renewable generation, or distributed generation (DG), which does not require additional transmission facilities to connect to the grid.
By 2015 and through 2019, 20 percent of retail electricity sales in Colorado must be renewable with DG equaling at least 1¾ percent of retail electricity sales; 30 percent of its retail electricity sales by 2020 and thereafter with DG equaling at least 3 percent of its retail electricity sales.
All providers of retail electric service in Colorado, other than municipally owned utilities that serve 40,000 customers or fewer, are considered required utilities.
In the U.S., 29 states now have renewable electricity standards; those that do not are primarily in the south.