Colorado voters passed Amendment 37 Tuesday night, requiring 10
percent of Colorado’s utilities to come from renewable energy
sources by 2015.
Based on the passage of Amendment 37, consumers’ electric
utility bills will increase by no more than 50 cents a month and
incentives will be given to those who invest in renewable energy
Proponents of Amendment 37 contend that renewable energy sources
such as wind, solar and geothermal energy are more affordable and
less harmful to the environment than fossil fuels and that Colorado
will be less vulnerable to the fluctuations in price and fuel
availability. Rural areas can benefit from Amendment 37 because
more jobs will be available if energy facilities are built in the
area, amendment supporters said.
Those against Amendment 37 argued that requiring renewable
energy sources may increase costs for consumers and producers. They
also asserted that renewable energy should be an individual choice
rather than a requirement.
Other states, such as California and Texas, have approved
similar plans on renewable energy, but Colorado is the first state
to allow its voters to make the decision.