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Published on May 29th, 2013 | by Joshua S Hill


Tracking Pending US Energy Legislation In One Place

May 29th, 2013 by  

A brainchild of the Colorado State University’s energy policy Center for the New Energy Economy (CNEE) and Advanced Energy Economy, the Advanced Energy Legislation (AEL) Tracker is a free and searchable database of all the pending advanced energy legislation currently working their way through the 50 states of the United States, covering everything from electricity generation and energy efficiency to infrastructure and economic development.

AEL Tracker

There are currently more than 2,100 bills in various stages of progress, and all of them are identified in the AEL Tracker so that anyone can monitor their progress.

The legislation is organised into the following 10 policy categories;

  1. Electricity Generation
  2. Energy Efficiency
  3. Financing
  4. Regulatory
  5. Natural Gas
  6. Emissions
  7. Transportation
  8. Infrastructure
  9. Economic Development
  10. Other Energy

“If we look at where the country is going on advanced energy policy, overwhelmingly that transition is being led by states,” said 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.  AEL Tracker brings together information on energy-related legislation in all 50 states, in a form that is easily accessible not only to lawmakers at all levels of government, but to academics, analysts, environmentalists, funders, business leaders and the general public. It will allow our Center to conduct critical academic analysis of issues related to energy legislation nationwide.”

Based on information available only in AEL Tracker:

  • Nearly 25 percent of pending state energy legislation call for new financing tools – including tax incentives – for the installation of energy facilities;
  • Roughly 21 percent of pending bills promote development of clean energy sources; and
  • About 8 percent encourages adoption of energy-efficient appliances, building codes and practices – the low-hanging fruit in America’s energy supply chain.

“This online database provides information on critical state legislation that is available nowhere else,” said Graham Richard, CEO of AEE. “AEL Tracker is a nonpartisan tool that allows researchers, journalists, policymakers and concerned citizens to follow and analyze advanced energy legislation, individually and in aggregate. We hope this unique database will increase awareness of advanced energy and the way state action can unleash its economic potential for the United States.” 
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