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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 an updated chart of hybrid and electric vehicle incentives to see what states are doing to support alternative fuel vehicle adoption.

 

STATES REACT: EPA STANDARDS

coal power plantUpdated June 6: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is working to finalize rules that would regulate the greenhouse gas emissions from future and existing power plants, as part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan. As these regulations are being developed, states are responding through legislation and public comments to ensure they are meeting their energy needs and resource mixes.

SMALL MODULAR REACTORS

SMRs may expand opportunities for nuclear power development. Although SMRs are still in the design phase, it’s expected that a 300 megawatt reactor could generate enough electricity to power approximately 230,000 homes a year. Check out NCSL’s resources on SMRs including a June 2014 Legisbrief highlighting federal, state and private investment and a web brief detailing the benefits and challenges of commercializing these designs.

 

NET METERING POLICIES

solar panels installedState net metering policies have facilitated the expansion of renewable energy through on-site generation, allowing customers to sell excess electricity to a utility and receive credit on their utility bill. This web brief provides an overview of state net metering policies, including recent regulatory and legislative action exploring the costs and benefits of net metering policies.

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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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