ANGIE PACCIONE FOR CONGRESS
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 7, 2006
CONTACT: Gary Chandler (970) 308-0986
NEW LAW TO MAKE COLORADO A LEADER IN RENEWABLE ENERGY
“Colorado can lead the nation in the drive for energy independence,” Rep. Angie Paccione said.
DENVER—A bill cosponsored by Rep. Angie Paccione that’s the first step in energy security was signed into law yesterday. House Bill 1322 establishes the Renewable Energy Authority in Colorado. The Authority will investigate new, sustainable energy technologies to reduce U.S. dependence on oil and other non-renewable energy sources. The program is a collaborative research effort among the National Renewable Energy Lab, Colorado State University, University of Colorado and the Colorado School of Mines.
“Colorado can lead the nation in the drive for energy independence,” Paccione said. “We can become energy independent and show America how it’s done.”
Under the new law, Colorado would also apply for a $50 million federal grant earmarked to support research and development of renewable energy. The legislation was crafted in collaboration with U.S. Senator Ken Salazar, a strong advocate for the transfer of energy research dollars to Colorado.
Paccione is confident Colorado will receive the grant, though California is also competing. “With our wealth of expertise and intellectual resources, we’ll be hard to beat,” Paccione said. “Schools like Colorado State University have already been leaders in renewables.”
With Coloradans struggling to afford gas, and smog levels rising along the Front Range, the need for renewable energy technologies is greater than ever, Paccione said. Paccione’s goal is affordable, clean energy for everyone.
“Renewable energy is good for the farmers, the environment, and the economy. And it’s good for national security. Let’s seize this opportunity to strengthen our nation.”
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