Hydropower Bill Signed

In March, Governor Hickenlooper signed a bill into law that opens the door to more hydroelectric power generation operations in the state. Under HB1083, the Public Utilities Commission can authorize hydro projects and allow rates to be adjusted to recover the costs of the projects, similar to other renewable energy sources like wind and solar. Concessions to environmental groups worried about the impact on aquatic life and others who were concerned about its impact on downstream water users paved the way for the bill’s popularity.