Schwartz wants to map out state’s potential for renewable energy |

Schwartz wants to map out state’s potential for renewable energy

DENVER ” State Sen. Gail Schwartz, the freshman Democrat from Snowmass Village, wants Colorado to create a map showing where almost $2 billion lie ” that is, the estimated $2 billion investment in renewable energy resource development in Colorado.

Senate Bill 91, sponsored by Schwartz, is now headed to the Gov. Bill Ritter. The bill creates a 16-member Renewable Resource Generation Development Task Force that will develop a map of areas in Colorado that hold potential to support competition among renewable energy developers for renewable energy projects.

“With this map, we can get a better picture of what Colorado has to offer in the new energy economy,” Schwartz said in a press release issued by the Statehouse communications office. “The hope is that this will spur renewable energy companies to locate in regions identified by the map. Once we know where the potential lies in our state, we can market that to companies in the renewable energy field and create economic development.”

Schwartz said the map will also assist in determining where economic development incentives should be targeted and new transmission lines created. “This map is the foundation to identify renewable energy resources in the state,” she said.

The creation of the map will be funded through gifts, grants and donations.

The Senate passed the bill on a vote of 34-0 and the House passed the bill on a vote of 63-1, where it was sponsored by Rep. Tom Massey (R-Poncha Springs).

Schwartz represents Senate District 5, which includes Aspen and Pitkin County in its northeast corner, and extends south to the state line.

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