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School Energy Measure Fails In House Committee

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DENVER (AP) – A Democrat’s bill that would have required new Colorado schools to meet energy-efficiency standards has failed in a state House committee.

The bill failed Wednesday along a party-line vote.

The bill would have required new school construction – and school remodeling projects considered a “significant redesign” – to be energy efficient. Schools could have met the requirement by acquiring the federal Energy Star label or meeting another approved standard.

A legislative fiscal analysis says the measure would likely have made it costlier for local governments to build or renovate schools. But the analysis also said local governments could save money over the long run by having more energy-efficient schools.

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