Renewable Energy Standard

In 2004, Colorado passed the first voter-led Renewable Energy Standard (RES) in the nation, requiring electricity providers to obtain a minimum percentage of their power from renewable energy sources. The legislature has increased the amount of renewable energy required three times since 2004, including HB10-1001 which required investor-owned utilities to generate 30% of their electricity from renewable energy by 2020, of which 3% must come from distributed energy resources. The most recent update, SB 13-252, requires cooperative utilities to generate 20% of their electricity from renewables. Colorado was ranked 13th in the nation for installed solar capacity, with 1,536 MW of solar energy installed as of Q3 of 2020. Colorado is home to 346 solar companies employing about 7,000 people throughout the state.

Electricity Sources Eligible for Colorado's Renewable Energy Standard JPG