Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper on March 22 signed various bills into law, including SB 18-009, which concerns the right of electricity consumers to interconnect energy storage systems for use on their property, according to a statement from the governor.
According to the signed act, as posted on the Colorado General Assembly website, the commission is to adopt rules allowing the installation, interconnection, and use of energy storage systems by customers of utilities.
The commission is to incorporate certain principles into the rules, including that:
- It is in the public interest to limit barriers to the installation, interconnection, and use of customer-sited energy storage systems in Colorado
- Colorado’s electricity consumers have a right to install, interconnect, and use energy storage systems on their property without the burden of unnecessary restrictions or regulations and without discriminatory rates or fees
- Utility approval processes and any required interconnection reviews of energy storage systems are to be simple, streamlined, and affordable for customers
The signed act further noted that energy storage system means any commercially available, customer-sited system, including batteries and the batteries paired with on-site generation, that is capable of retaining, storing, and delivering energy by chemical, thermal, mechanical, or other means.
In a separate March 22 statement, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and the Colorado Solar Energy Industries Association (COSEIA) said that they commended the governor for signing the legislation into law.
Sean Gallagher, SEIA’s vice president of State Affairs, said in the statement: “This new law cements Colorado’s status as one of our nation’s renewable energy leaders. Pairing energy storage with solar will allow consumers to have the cleanest, most reliable and most affordable electricity. The solar industry thanks Governor Hickenlooper and the Legislature for continuing to support the state’s solar market by taking this important step on storage.”
Rebecca Cantwell, COSEIA’s executive director, said in the statement: "Energy storage paired with solar energy gives consumers and businesses a way to be truly energy independent, and we commend our state’s leaders for declaring that citizens have a right to use this exciting technology. We believe that this new law will spark more interest in going solar and will pave the way towards adding storage to many projects."