Giron, Rivera differ over raising renewable energy standard
A new law requiring electric cooperatives to increase their use of renewable energy is another skirmish line between state Sen. Angela Giron, D-Pueblo, and her Republican challenger, George Rivera.
Giron spoke at a press conference Thursday morning in support of President Barack Obama’s energy policy. A bus from the group “iWillAct.us” is touring the region for the Obama policy agenda on climate change.
Giron used the event to repeat her support for Senate Bill 252, which requires electric cooperatives such as Tri-State to increase their use of renewable energy from 10 percent of production to 20 percent.
Tri-State provides electricity to San Isabel Electric Cooperative, which serves a part of Pueblo West and the mountain communities.
Giron said she supports the use of renewable energy and said the legislation limited any resulting increase in rates to no more than 2 percent.
“I think we have a moral obligation to leave an environment we are proud of to the next generation, to our kids,” she said.
Rivera faults Giron for supporting SB252.
“It isn’t good legislation. It’s going to raise electric rates for customers in Pueblo West,” he said Thursday.
Rivera said there was inadequate infrastructure in places such as the San Luis Valley to let the cooperatives produce more renewable power.
“They’ve got the cart before the horse,” he said.