Colorado

    Colorado 

 Population: 5.1 Million

Energy Production

·         2,746.7 Trillion Btu total energy production

·         39,125 Thousand Barrels of crude oil

·         1,637,576 Million cubic feet of natural gas

·         26,890 Thousand short tons of coal

·         50,720,792 Thousand MWh electricity produced

Energy Consumption

·         1,481 Trillion Btu total energy consumption

·         90.7  Million barrels of petroleum

o   50.3 Million barrels of gasoline

·         465,985 Million cubic feet of natural gas

·         19,583 Short tons of coal

State Government Profile

Governor: John Hickenlooper (D); first term; elected in 2010; Governor is limited to 2 terms

Legislature:

Speaker of the House: Mark Ferrandino (D)

President of the Senate: John P. Morse (D)

Bicameral body: Both chambers are under Democratic control

65 House Members: 37 Democrats, 28 Republicans

35 Senate Members: 20 Republicans, 15 Democrats

 

Energy Issues

Colorado remains a state where fierce battles have been playing out in the state legislature pitting consumers, environmentalists and oil and gas companies against each other.  Several bills have been introduced, but have been defeated, by Republicans that would ban local governments from regulating oil and gas drilling. Four bills related to drilling in the latest legislative session were defeated this year. In addition, the legislature and regulatory agencies have come under fire for not adequately enforcing its own laws or regulations. Environmentalists claim that as the number of wells drilled has increased, the number of inspections has decreased and as a result, the legislature has been contemplating introducing legislation to increase more government oversight.  One of the most heated debates at the state level is the issue of permitting and the debate is not just centered on the time it takes to issue a permit. A number of cities throughout Colorado have asked for longer moratoriums on permits since many energy companies have been allowed to shortcut local approval processes by voluntarily agreeing to tougher drilling standards than the state requires. This has outraged many communities and as a result, environmentalists have stepped in and asked state legislators to address these issues either through legislative or regulatory remedies. Finally, hydraulic fracturing issues, like many other energy states, have taken center stage in the legislative sessions with some legislators calling for outright bans on the technique in various cities throughout the state.

 

 

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