Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Representative Bri Buentello, D-Pueblo, to improve energy efficiency in schools today advanced out of the House Committee on Energy and Environment.
“This has been a really productive session so far, and I’m proud that so many of my bills have advanced,” said Rep. Buentello, D-Pueblo. “I’ve focused on legislation to improve our schools and public education, assist rural law enforcement and support our veterans and service members. This legislation will help our schools become more energy efficient, potentially saving our schools resources they desperately need while also improving our environment.”
SB20-124, which is also sponsored by Representative Perry Will, R- New Castle, would require public school facility construction guidelines for the Building Excellent Schools Today (BEST) program to include consultations with utility companies regarding the use of energy efficiency and beneficial electrification technologies. The objective of the bill is to facilitate new capital projects at public schools that reduce their energy use, saving local taxpayers money that can be used for other critical investments such as keeping local libraries open or fixing roads and bridges. The bill passed 9-1 out of the Energy and Environment Committee.