Apr 4, 2011 3:06 PM by Greg Boyce

Suit filed over Colorado clean energy standard

DENVER (AP) - Two groups and a Morrison businessman are challenging Colorado's renewable energy standard. They said Monday that they've filed a lawsuit in federal court asking a judge to declare the law unconstitutional.

They argue the Colorado law mandating that larger utilities get 30 percent of their energy from renewable sources by 2020 is leading to higher prices for consumers. They claim the law violates Constitution's interstate commerce clause by imposing burdens on the interstate market for electricity.

The Colorado attorney general's office disagrees and plans to defend the law. The suit was filed by Morrison businessman Rod Lueck, the American Tradition Institute and the American Tradition Partnership. The American Tradition Partnership was formerly known as the Western Tradition Partnership, which describes itself as a grass roots organization that fights environmental extremism.


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