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Renewable energy bill faces another test in Colorado

10:17 AM, Apr 24, 2013   |    comments
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DENVER (AP) - A bill to dramatically raise renewable energy requirements for Colorado's rural cooperative electric associations faces a test Wednesday in the state House. 

The bill requires the electricity co-ops to get 25 percent of their energy from renewable sources by 2020, up from 10 percent. 

The measure passed the Senate by a single vote, despite opposition from all Republicans and two Democrats. 

The measure limits consumer rate hikes to pay for the renewable energy upgrade to 2 percent. 

But the co-ops affected warn it would drive up prices for the mostly rural customers. 

The bill also expands the definition of renewable energy to include coal-mine methane and gas produced from solid waste. 

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