In 2013, 3,236 advanced energy-related bills were introduced and 589 state-level energy-related bills were signed into law by governors, according to an analysis by Colorado State University’s Center for the New Energy Economy (CNEE). The bills included new policies regarding economic development, electricity generation, emissions, energy efficiency, financing/financial incentives, infrastructure, natural gas development, regulatory and transportation.
In Colorado, 21 of the 45 bills introduced last year were passed into law.
Director of CNEE and former governor of Colorado, Bill Ritter Jr., believes that in order to understand where the country is going in regards to energy policies, we need to understand what the states are doing. He believes that they are the ones leading the transition on advanced energy policies.
CNEE was founded in 2011 and is a privately funded initiative to support the growth of a clean energy economy across the nation. Its online database, Advanced Energy Legislation Tracker, identifies, categorizes and tracks bills introduced in all 50 states through the legislative process. The database was created in partnership with Advanced Energy Economy and was launched in May 2013.
Since then, the Center has published a number of trends analyses on related energy efficiency topics, financing policies, balanced natural gas development, renewable portfolio standards and public utilities.
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