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Environmentalists file energy initiative

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The initiative would require electricity providers to get 10 percent of their electricity sales from renewable energy by 2012 and 20 percent by 2022.

“Colorado is blessed with abundant wind, sun, and other renewable resources waiting to be tapped, yet only 1 percent of our electricity comes from these sources,” said Greg Casini, chairman of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Sierra Club.

“By increasing use of renewable energy, we can protect our air and water and build our economy at the same time,” he continued.

The initiative will spur new development of solar, wind and geothermal power. It also includes some fuel cells and biomass.

The Legislature is considering a similar proposal, H.B. 1273.

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“I think this is an important issue. Whether the Legislature takes action or the voters decide, this will be a positive step forward for consumers, our economy and rural communities,” said Robin Hubbard, field director of Environment Colorado.

This issue has broad public support. In a 2003 survey, 82 percent of Coloradans said they would like to see renewables as the focus for generating new power.

The survey was conducted by the Wells Fargo Public Opinion Research Program of the Graduate School of Public Affairs at the University of Colorado at Denver.

The initiative was filed with the Secretary of State’s office Monday and now proceeds through a series of hearings regarding language and title.

Petitioners need to gather 67,820 signatures to place the measure on the November 2004 ballot.

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