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CREA Joins Diverse Group to Support Energy Assistance

January 18, 2012

We’re glad to report that once in awhile the political gridlock that too often characterizes our state and federal government can give way to cooperative solutions.

 A group of organizations with diverse interests came together this afternoon at the Colorado Capitol in support of HB 12-1028, a bill sponsored by Rep. Cheri Gerou (a Republican from Evergreen) and Sen. Pat Steadman (a Democrat from Denver) that reauthorizes the use of severance tax revenues to fund low-income energy assistance and weatherization for low-income households.  The original funding formula was created in 2006 and is set to sunset in fiscal year 2012-13 unless the legislature takes action to extend the funding. 

 CREA joined witnesses from Energy Outreach Colorado, Colorado Conservation Voters, Colorado Environmental Coalition, American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), the Colorado Oil & Gas Association and the Colorado Association of Municipal Utilities in support of the program and the bill, which passed the House Finance Committee unanimously.

 Although many of the electric co-ops have programs that allow their member-owners to “round up” their bills to help fund energy assistance in their communities, we appreciate the efforts of Energy Outreach Colorado to provide additional support to co-op member-owners.

 It’s a good day when cooperation and common sense trump politics!

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