Expansion Of Colorado Energy Office Becomes Law

DENVER (AP) — Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper has signed a bill expanding the scope of Colorado’s energy office to go beyond renewable energy and encourage all sources of energy development.

Hickenlooper signed off on the reorganization on Thursday. The office will now include two funds — one for clean and renewable energy development and another for all other sources of energy, including traditional energy projects like oil and gas.

The bill sponsored by Republican Rep. Jon Becker and Democratic Sen. Pat Steadman changes the name of the office from the Governor’s Energy Office to the Colorado Energy Office.

Becker called it a “next step” in the progression of energy development for Colorado.

The governor’s energy office was first created in 1997 to promote energy conservation.

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