Flowing water is more than a good place to recreate, the lifeblood of the environment and a Zen proverb. It’s now an official source of renewable energy in Colorado.

Gov. Jared Polis made it so Thursday when he signed House Bill 1052 to add pumped hydroelectric energy generation in the definition of “eligible energy resources” to help meet the state’s renewable energy standard.

“I always thought this was common sense, because hydro is renewable,” the governor said before signing the legislation.

But not according to state law, until Thursday.

“It’s overdue and it’s really a great bill,” said Polis, who’s made green initiatives part of his political brand, of the legislation sponsored by two Republicans from Loveland, Rep. Hugh McKean and

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