State and Local Policy

Since 2007, EEBC has advocated for energy efficiency policy that has reduced demand from large investor-owned utilities by 500 MW. That’s the size of a large power plant!

In 2017, several state policies are converging that could have a significant impact on the energy efficiency industry and utility energy efficiency programs. EEBC's Board of Directors, Staff, and Policy Committee are all actively engaged in these activities.


House Bill 17-1227 State Energy Efficiency Resource Standard

Ten years ago, the Colorado legislature passed House Bill 1037, which required Colorado's largest utilities to set energy savings goals and create demand-side management programs to meet those goals. These goals served as the state's energy efficiency resource standard. Demand-side management programs fund residential and commercial rebates on energy efficiency products and services, energy design assistance rebates for commercial buildings, and other energy efficiency incentive programs. For more details, see the CO HB1037 page in the Database of State Incentives for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.

EEBC took the lead in getting this legislation extended for another 10 years through House Bill 17-1227. The governor signed the bill in May 2017.

PUC - Strategic Issues and Other Dockets

Every five years, Xcel Energy files a Strategic Issues docket with the Public Utility Commission. This is the utility’s five-year policy docket that sets its energy savings goals and budget for demand-side management programs for the next 3 to 5 years. EEBC intervenes in this filing to make recommendations from industry on utility energy savings targets, types of utility energy efficiency programs and plans to meet those targets. 


State Policy Success Stories

To read about how our advocacy has made beneficial changes in legislation for energy efficiency read our Success Story.

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