Colorado Revised Statutes Title 24. Government State § 24-38.5-102. Colorado energy office--duties and powers

(1) The Colorado energy office shall:

(a) Work with communities, utilities, private and public organizations, and individuals to promote:

(I) The renewable energy standard established in section 40-2-124 ;

(II) Clean and renewable energy, such as wind, hydroelectricity, solar, and geothermal;

(III) Cleaner energy sources such as biogas, biomass, and nuclear;

(IV) Traditional energy sources such as oil and other petroleum products, coal, propane, and natural gas;

(V) Energy efficiency technologies and practices;

(VI) Cleaner technologies by utilizing traditional, Colorado-sourced energy;

(VII) New energy technologies as described in section 40-2-123 ;  and

(VIII) Energy storage systems.

(b) Develop programs to promote high performance buildings for commercial and residential markets;

(c) Make state government more energy efficient;

(d) Promote technology transfer and economic development;

(e) Advance innovative energy efficiency, renewable energy, and efficiency throughout the state as specified in sections 24-38.5-102.4 and 24-38.5-102.5 ;

(j) Ensure that information explaining the requirements of energy codes is available and provide technical assistance concerning the implementation and enforcement of energy codes to both counties and municipalities as specified in sections 30-28-211(7) and 31-15-602(7), C.R.S .;

(k) Collaborate with the state board of land commissioners regarding renewable energy resource development as specified in section 36-1-147.5(4), C.R.S .;

(l) Provide home energy efficiency improvements for low-income households as specified in section 40-8.7-112(3)(b), C.R.S ., and prepare and submit to the general assembly an annual report as specified in section 40-8.7-112(3)(f), C.R.S .;

(m) Establish and manage a program to improve energy efficiency in public schools as provided in section 39-29-109.5, C.R.S .;

(n) Provide public utilities with reasonable assistance, if requested, in seeking and obtaining support and sponsorship for an IGCC project as defined in section 40-2-123(2)(b)(I), C.R.S ., and manage and distribute to the utility some or all of any funds provided by the state or by the United States government to the state for purposes of study or development of an IGCC project as specified in section 40-2-123(2)(j), C.R.S .;

(o) Collaborate with stakeholders to develop and encourage increased utilization of energy curricula, including science, technology, engineering, and math curricula, that will serve the work force needs of all energy industries.  Such collaboration may include executive departments, research institutions, state colleges, community colleges, industry, and trade organizations in an effort to develop a means by which the state may address all facets of work force demands in developing a balanced energy portfolio.  Institutions may also partner in the development of curricula with organizations that have existing energy curricula and training programs.

(p) Annually report to the senate agriculture, natural resources, and energy committee and the house agriculture, livestock, and natural resources committee, or their successor committees;

(q) Administer the electric vehicle grant fund;

(t) Assist the executive director of the department of local affairs in allocating revenues from the geothermal resource leasing fund to eligible entities pursuant to section 34-63-105, C.R.S .

(3) The Colorado energy office shall notify the house of representatives and senate committees of reference to which the office is assigned pursuant to section 2-7-203(1), C.R.S ., as part of its “State Measurement for Accountable, Responsive, and Transparent (SMART) Government Act” hearing required by section 2-7-203(2), C.R.S ., if it has made any changes to:

(a) Any performance plans and performance evaluations required pursuant to section 2-7-204, C.R.S .;

(b) Office policies related to energy transmission;  and

(c) Office policies that positively or negatively impact the energy sector.

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