Renewable energy measure prevails in Colo. House

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DENVER (AP) -- A controversial bill that could raise power bills in rural Colorado has won final approval in the state House despite vigorous objection from Republicans.

The bill passed Tuesday on a party-line vote of 37-27. It would require a higher renewable energy standard for Colorado's rural cooperative electric associations. The bill requires the electricity co-ops to get 20 percent of their energy from renewable sources by 2020, up from 10 percent. Investor-owned utilities already have to meet a 30 percent standard.

The rural measure limits consumer rate hikes to pay for the upgrade to 2 percent. But some of the co-ops affected warn it would drive up prices for mostly rural customers.

The Senate has already approved the measure, with an even higher energy standard.

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