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ALTERNATIVE FUEL VEHICLES

electric vehicleMany states are working to increase the use of alternative fuels to diversify the fuel mix, reduce dependency on imported oil, promote economic growth and decrease emissions. Read the January 2014 Legisbrief, “Transforming Transportation with Electricity” to find out how electricity could play a significant role in meeting these goals.

View a list of hybrid and electric vehicle incentives to see what states are doing to support alternative fuel vehicle adoption.

 

PACE FINANCING

solar installationProperty Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing help eliminate cost barriers by allowing consumers to finance energy efficiency and renewable energy projects on homes and businesses through their yearly property assessments. Currently 31 states and Washington, D.C. have authorized PACE financing and 12 states have active PACE programs. View examples of state legislative activity and highlights from existing programs.

STATE ENERGY PLANNING

oil transport train A comprehensive energy plan serves as the state roadmap for meeting changing energy needs; promoting eco­nomic growth; and ensuring access to affordable, diverse and reliable energy. Read this report from NCSL's Task Force on Energy Supply to learn the critical role state legislatures plan in the energy planning process.

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TRANSPORTING CRUDE OIL BY RAIL

oil transport train Crude oil producers are increasingly relying on rail to carry oil to domestic markets. The rapid growth in rail transportation, however, has focused attention on safety issues, especially after several recent accidents. This web brief highlights the increase in crude oil rail transportation and how state and federal officials are addressing safety concerns.

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OVERVIEW | ENERGY

NCSL's Energy Program offers a range of services, all of which are free to legislators and legislative staff, including state-by-state analysis of energy issues, technical assistance, responding to policy questions and research on energy issues. If you would like to be added to our mailing list for webinars, energy policy publications or our monthly newsletter, Plugged In, please contact the Energy Program staff.

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STANDING COMMITTEE | TASK FORCE

The Natural Resources and Infrastructure Committee is one of eight NCSL Standing Committees that educates Congress and federal agencies about state concerns and serves as a forum for state legislators and legislative staff to learn about and share information regarding programs and initiatives in other states. The Energy Supply Task Force explores the issues and opportunities that policymakers face as they shape energy policies to increase the use of national energy resources in a stable, reliable and economically viable manner.

 

DATABASE

The NCSL Energy and Environment Legislation Tracking Database features bills relating to climate change, energy efficiency, energy security, financing energy projects, fossil energy, green jobs, renewable energy and alternative transportation fuels.

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