Colorado Renewable Energy Exemption Initiative (2010)

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A Colorado Renewable Energy Exemption Initiative did not appear on the November 2, 2010 ballot in Colorado as an initiated state statute. The proposed measure called for allowing utility customers to opt out of getting their power from renewable sources.[1]


See also: Colorado Renewable Energy Act, Amendment 37 (2004)

In 2004, Colorado voters approved Amendment 37, a ballot measure that required Colorado's ulitity companies to acquire approximately 10 percent of their electricity from renewable sources by 2015. Electric bills, according to the amendment, could not increase more than 50 cents a month to cover the new changes.[2] Voters approved the measure by 53.6 percent. 88.59% of registered voters in Colorado voted on this amendment.


Supporters argued that renewable sources can be costly and consumers should have the option to use alternative, less expensive energy sources.[1]

Path to the ballot

See also: Colorado signature requirements

In order to place the proposed measure on the ballot, supporters were required to collect a minimum of 76,047 valid signatures. The signature filing deadline for the 2010 ballot in Colorado for initiated state statutes was August 2, 2010.[3] However, as of petition deadline day, no signatures were filed.

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External links


  1. 1.0 1.1 The Denver Post,"Proposed initiative would let utility customers opt out of renewables," March 25, 2010
  2. The Denver Daily News,"Opt-out on renewables?," March 26, 2010
  3. Prior to the enactment of Colorado House Bill 1326 (2009), the signature deadline for initiated statutes and initiated amendments was the same--3 months before the election.