Colorado Governor Issues "Greening Of State Government" Orders, Signs Energy Bills, Appoints Climate Change Adviser, and Renames State Energy Office

April 17, 2007

Along with issuing two "Greening of State Government" executive orders on April 16, Colorado Governor Bill Ritter signed several energy efficiency and renewable energy bills into law, introduced the state's new climate change adviser, and renamed the Office of Energy Management and Conservation to the Governor's Energy Office.

Among the actions Ritter took April 16 were:

  • Issuing two "Greening of State Government" executive orders. The orders establish goals for reducing energy consumption in state facilities and vehicles, and for using efficient materials and resources, by 2012. Those goals include reducing energy consumption by 20 percent at all state facilities, cutting the use of petroleum products in state vehicles by 25 percent, reducing the use of paper and water, and purchasing more environmentally friendly products.
  • Signing several pieces of legislation into law, including: SB 51, which establishes criteria for high-performance state buildings; SB 126, which authorizes the appropriation of funds to the Governor's Energy Office for distribution to the Colorado Renewable Energy Authority for the Colorado Renewable Energy Collaboratory (a collaboration between the University of Colorado, Colorado School of Mines, Colorado State University, and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory); SB 145, which allows cities, towns, and counties to offer tax credits or rebates to property owners who install renewable energy-producing fixtures on their property, such as solar panels or wind turbines; and HB1087, which establishes a "Wind for Schools" grant program.
  • Introducing climate change adviser Heidi VanGenderen, who will join the Governor's Office of Policy and Initiatives on May 1. VanGenderen will be responsible for creating a Colorado Climate Change Action Plan. The position is being funded by private contributions. Since 1999, VanGenderen has served as a senior associate with the Wirth Chair in Environmental and Community Development Policy at the University of Colorado.
  • Renaming the Office of Energy Management and Conservation as the Governor's Energy Office. The office was created in 1977 to promote energy conservation. It was renamed in 1999 to incorporate energy management. "The New Energy Economy absolutely embraces conservation and efficiency as important components of a sustainable energy future," Ritter said. "But building a New Energy Economy also requires a broader mission. The office will take the lead in expanding renewable energy resources and opportunities for Colorado's economy, for Colorado's environment, and for Colorado's energy independence."

For more information, see the governor's April 16 press release.

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