DENVER (AP) – A bill to double renewable energy requirements for rural energy suppliers awaits the governor’s signature in Colorado.

The bill requires Colorado’s rural cooperative electric associations to get 20 percent of their energy from renewable sources by 2020, up from 10 percent. The standard would still be below that already required by investor-owned utilities, which serve most Coloradans. Those utilities must head toward a 30 percent renewable energy standard.

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The rural co-op measure passed the House and Senate despite vigorous opposition from Republicans. Lawmakers rectified differences on Wednesday, sending the measure to Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper.

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LINK: Senate Bill 252

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