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Jul 10, 2013 7:54 PM by Alyse Rzemek

Rural electricity providers begin renewable talks

DENVER (AP) - Rural electricity providers began talks Wednesday with the Colorado Energy Office on how to increase renewable energy sources.

The advisory group was set up to give the electricity providers a chance to respond to a new law that doubles renewable energy standards for rural energy suppliers. The rural energy suppliers have said they won't be able to meet the goal of getting 20 percent of their energy from renewable sources by 2020 without raising rates more than the 2 percent cap in the law.

The eight-member panel includes environmental activists that pushed for the higher energy standards. The head of the Colorado Energy Office told panel members that they're not there to debate whether the legislation was good or bad, but to identify the obstacles to achieving its goals.

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