Colo. State University offers energy legislation analysis

157200879Colorado State University’s Center for the New Energy Economy has published an end-of-year analysis of energy legislation in all 50 states.

CNEE’s analysis of the year’s activity, “2013 Year in Review – State Advanced Energy Legislation,” examines 589 bills enacted across nine categories of energy legislation, including key policy trends this session.

The nine categories include economic development, electricity generation, emissions, energy efficiency, financing/financial incentives, infrastructure, natural gas development, regulatory and transportation.

Last year, 3,236 advanced energy-related bills were introduced–589 were signed into law by governors.  During 2013 in Colorado, 21 of the 45 bills introduced were enacted into law.

“If we look at where the country is going on advanced energy policy, overwhelmingly that transition is being led by states,” Bill Ritter Jr., director of CNEE and former governor of Colorado, said in a news release. “To get the pulse of where the country is going we need to understand what the states are doing.”

CNEE’s first-of-its-kind online database, Advanced Energy Legislation Tracker, identifies, categorizes and tracks bills introduced in all 50 states through the legislative process. Created in partnership with Advanced Energy Economy, AEL Tracker enables CNEE to conduct analysis of trends in state energy legislation.

Since AEL Tracker was launched in May 2013, the Center has published trends analysis on topics related to energy efficiency, financing policies, balanced natural gas development, renewable portfolio standards, and public utilities.

Founded in February 2011, Colorado State University’s Center for the New Energy Economy  is a privately funded initiative to support the growth of a clean energy economy across the United States. Led by former Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter, the Center is assisted by some of the nation’s most important thought leaders in clean energy research, development and commercialization.

The Center works directly with governors, legislators, regulators, planners, policy makers and other decision makers to provide technical assistance and help them create the policies and practices to facilitate America’s transition to a clean energy economy.

To view the full AEL report, visit http://col.st/18ZBBQv.