Colorado adopts laws to boost clean energy and green jobs

Colorado adopted a string of laws last week aiming to boost the use of renewable energy, create jobs and provide training opportunities to fill those jobs.

Governor Bill Ritter visited the Veterans Green Jobs workforce training facility in Denver on Friday, signing a number of energy-related bills.

These included a bill to provide grants for clean energy training programs throughout Colorado, a bill to set up a property tax-based financing scheme for residential energy projects, and a bill to tax property tax for third party-owned residential solar systems.

On Wednesday, the Governor also signed a bill promoting biomass energy development through tax incentives and renewable energy initiatives.

Gov Ritter said: “We are creating jobs, attracting companies, reducing energy consumption and advancing high-tech projects that will continue to bear fruit for decades to come.”

Read the full story on By James Cartledge. June 14, 2010.