GOV. RITTER, BIPARTISAN LAWMAKERS TO INTRODUCE CLEAN AIR-CLEAN JOBS ACT

 

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

 

8:30 a.m.         Gov. Ritter and a group of bipartisan lawmakers will announce the introduction of the Colorado Clean Air-Clean Jobs Act at a news conference. Gov. Ritter, lawmakers and experts will also testify about the bill before the House Transportation and Energy Committee later in the morning. The lead sponsors of the act are Reps. Ellen Roberts (R-Durango) and Judy Solano (D-Brighton) and Sens. Bruce Whitehead (D-Hesperus) and Josh Penry (R-Grand Junction).

                       

The legislation will make Colorado a national leader in cutting air pollution, creating jobs and increasing the use of cleaner energy sources. It would require Xcel Energy to sharply reduce pollutants by retiring, retrofitting or repowering Front Range coal-fired power plants by the end of 2017 and replacing them with facilities fueled by natural gas and other lower- or non-emitting energy sources, including greater energy efficiency measures.  

                       

News Conference Location: West Foyer, State Capitol.

                                    House Transportation and Energy Committee Hearing: Old Supreme Court Chambers, State Capitol.