Boulder mulls energy efficiency regulations

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Boulder is considering passing regulations that would require landlords to make energy efficiency improvements to their properties such as installing solar heating and switching out incandescent light bulbs for compact fluorescent lighting.

The city’s so-called SmartRegs would affect an estimated 19,600 rental properties in the city that seeks to decrease its carbon dioxide emissions by 94,000 metric tons by 2012. The regulations that will be considered Thursday by the Boulder Planning Board could make up about 45,000 tons of that goal.

City officials the costs would be between $675 and $3,243 per property.

The Boulder Area Rental Housing Association says the measure could drive up rents and send renters to other cities.

Associated Press