On the final day of the Colorado legislative session, the General Assembly passed Senate Bill 11-045, a bill creating a task force to study the siting and permitting framework for electric transmission facilities in the state. The bill calls for a 17 member task force to be convened by the Director of the Commission or its designee and provide a report to the Governor and the General Assembly no later than December 1, 2011. The bill directs the task force to address six concepts:
- An inventory and evaluation of Colorado's current siting and permitting framework for electric transmission facilities;
- Research into examples of how other states approach siting and permitting of electric transmission facilities;
- Identify possible models for improving Colorado's existing siting and permitting processes as applied to electric transmission facilities;
- Recommend actions to streamline siting and permitting processes applicable to electric transmission facilities, including balancing of environmental, land use and community effects with transmission project costs and schedule risks;
- Examination of the advantages and disadvantages of a state-wide transmission siting and permitting framework for electric transmission facilities; and
- An examination of the political acceptability of and potential strategies for, creating a state-level siting entity.
- One member representing cooperative electric associations that distribute electricity;
- One member representing cooperative electric associations that generate and transmit electricity;
- Two members representing investor-owned electric utilities;
- Two members representing municipally owned electric utilities;
- One member representing renewable energy electric generation interests;
- One member representing large commercial consumers of electricity; and
- Two landowners representing agricultural interests who reside in different geographic areas of the state.
The bill is now before the Governor.