Colorado State University’s Center for the New Energy Economy (CNEE) has rolled out a new online database of energy-related state legislation pending in all 50 states, from solar and natural gas to energy-efficient appliances and financing tools.
The Advanced Energy Legislation (AEL) Tracker will enable CNEE to conduct analysis of trends in state energy legislation. Currently, state legislatures are considering more than 2,100 bills that could change the way Americans produce, buy, and use energy. AEL Tracker identifies all those measures and monitors the progress of many advanced energy bills as they move forward.
“If we look at where the country is going on advanced energy policy, overwhelmingly that transition is being led by states,” says Bill Ritter, Jr., director of CNEE and former governor of Colorado. “To get the pulse of where the country is going we need to understand what the states are doing.”
Based on information from the Tracker:
--Nearly 25 percent of pending state energy legislation calls for new financing tools–including tax incentives–for the installation of energy facilities including renewable energy installations;
--Roughly 21 percent of pending bills promote development of clean energy sources; and
--About 8 percent encourages the adoption of energy-efficient appliances, building codes, and practices--the low-hanging fruit in America’s energy supply chain.
The database has been developed in collaboration with Advanced Energy Economy, a national business organization representing the entire advanced energy industry, from wind, hydro, solar, and natural gas to efficiency and electric vehicles. Click here for more information.