Leasing arrangements for renewable energy resources development
- legislative declaration
(1)The general assembly hereby finds and declares that some of the public lands under the direction, control, and disposition of the state board of land commissioners are viable for development of renewable energy resources and therefore are of unique economic value to the state for the funding of public schools.
(2)As used in this section, unless the context otherwise requires:
(I)Nontoxic plant matter consisting of agricultural crops or their by-products, urban wood waste, mill residue, slash, or brush;
(II)Animal wastes and products of animal wastes; or
(III)Methane produced at landfills or as a by-product of the treatment of wastewater residuals.
(b)“Renewable energy resources” means energy derived from solar, wind, geothermal, biomass, and hydroelectricity. A fuel cell using hydrogen derived from these eligible resources is also an eligible electric generation technology. Fossil and nuclear fuels and their derivatives are not eligible resources.
(3)Intentionally left blank —Ed.
(a)The state board of land commissioners shall examine property currently under the direction, control, and disposition of the board to identify land suitable and appropriate for development of renewable energy resources. In identifying such property, the board shall collaborate with the national renewable energy laboratory, university of Colorado, Colorado state university, and Colorado school of mines. The board shall also work with federal land management agencies to pursue any state and federal collaboration for the development of renewable energy resources.
(b)and (c) Repealed.
(4)The state board of land commissioners shall collaborate with the Colorado energy office created in section 24-38.5-101, C.R.S., to ensure that potential renewable energy resource developers are aware of any lands identified by the board as being suitable for development of renewable energy resources.
(5)The state board of land commissioners may lease any portion of the land of the state, or any interest therein, for the purposes of developing renewable energy resources at a rental to be determined by the board, except as provided in sections 36-1-113, 36-1-118, and 36-1-147.
(6)The leasing arrangements for renewable energy resources development authorized by subsection (5) of this section shall include provisions for:
(a)Royalties on the energy produced through the renewable energy resources; and
(b)The protection of the environment, including but not limited to wildlife habitat, air quality, ground and surface water quality, and land surface.
(7)All existing leases on state lands for the development of renewable energy resources are hereby validated as though they had been issued pursuant to the authority of this section.
Section 36-1-147.5 — Leasing arrangements for renewable energy resources development - legislative declaration - definitions,
https://leg.colorado.gov/sites/default/files/images/olls/crs2023-title-36.pdf (accessed Oct. 20, 2023).