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Rural ratepayers to governor: ‘Veto this bill’  

Credit:  By Tom Hacker, For the Times-Call | Posted: 05/15/2013 | www.timescall.com ~~

Farmers and rural homeowners in Northern Colorado on Wednesday added their voices to a statewide chorus calling on Gov. Hickenlooper to veto a bill certain to raise their electric bills.

Senate Bill 252, one of the most controversial pieces of law to emerge from the 2013 legislative session, would raise to 20 percent the required share of rural electric power generated through solar and wind power plants.

The target date for the so-called renewable energy portfolio standard is 2020, giving rural power utilities just seven years to measure up.

A rally at a windy parking lot behind the landmark Johnson’s Corner Café and Truck Stop in Johnstown late Wednesday drew about 40 local residents and a half dozen lawmakers who fought against the bill.

Members of the General Assembly from Larimer and Weld counties, all of them on the short ends of votes that sent the measure to the governor’s desk, took turns at a microphone on a flatbed trailer to fire up the small crowd, telling them their messages needed to reach the governor.

Source:  By Tom Hacker, For the Times-Call | Posted: 05/15/2013 | www.timescall.com

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