The Colorado Corn Growers Association expressed disappointment after Gov. John Hickenlooper signed SB252 into law.
The law forces rural electric cooperatives to double the use of renewable energy by 2020.
The cost — estimated to be as much as $3 billion — will be passed on to rural electric customers.
"I am deeply disappointed that our governor would throw the residents of rural Colorado, who are the ones growing our food, under the bus," said CCGA public policy chair Rick Palkowitsh.
In May, Palkowitsh hand-delivered a letter to the governor that outlined several of the problems with the bill, and the process that created it, which did not include any agricultural organizations.
"We made our case," Palkowitsh said. "We told him we, representing the end-users who will be affected by these increases, were never part of the negotiations. We said we support renewable energy and we want to be at the table to come up with a compromise to this bill that will benefit everyone."
In the letter, Palkowitsh said that estimates from one CCGA grower were that this bill will add $96,000 to his costs over the next six years and increased meter charges would add another $200,000.blog comments powered by Disqus