Democrats in the Colorado Legislature are fighting a Republican bill that would both extend the life of the Colorado Energy Office and broaden its renewable-energy focus in ways Democrats don't like.

It's a high-risk, high-reward gamble that could renew the office's focus on non-traditional energy sources -- or could lead to the office closing its doors before the end of this summer.

Senate Bill 301, sponsored by state Sen. Ray Scott, R-Grand Junction, would:

Eliminate a number of renewable-energy tax breaks,
Add nuclear and hydroelectric energy promotion to the goals of the office,
Allow investor-owned utilities to purchase natural-gas reserves

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