Colorado bill would extend, change energy office's mandate


DENVER (AP) — A Colorado Senate committee on Wednesday passed a bill to save a state energy agency from extinction — but with caveats that would drastically reduce the agency's renewable energy portfolio and make it easier for some utilities to produce and stockpile natural gas.

The latter provision has little to do with the Colorado Energy Office , whose funding expires June 30. But it's a goal pushed by the bill's sponsor, Republican Sen. Ray Scott, who represents a western Colorado region rich in natural gas.

"What we are talking about is the ability for a public utility to have gas...

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