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2015 ACTION: EPA STANDARDS

Coal plantIn the 2015 legislative session, states are responding to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's proposed regulations for greenhouse gas emissions from future and existing power plants through legislation and public comments to establish legislatures' roles in responding to these regulations.  More than 70 bills have been introduced in 28 states concerning these regulations.

 

 

 

FIXING EFFICIENCY DISINCENTIVES

Light bulbRegulatory models in many states discourage utility efficiency investments. The results are an increase in the amount that consumers spend on energy and slower economic growth. Many states have changed the regulatory structure so that utilities will benefit if they pursue cost-effective energy efficiency. This April LegisBrief explores state policies that encourage utilities to invest in energy efficiency.

ELECTRIC VEHICLE INCENTIVES

electric vehicleApproximately 93 percent of the nation's transportation sector depends on oil, making the U.S. transportation system far from diverse. However, electricity may play an important role to change the transportation energy mix. This updated 2015 web brief highlights state, local and utility incentives to promote hybrid and electric vehicle adoption. The web brief also addresses state concerns regarding the effect that the growing use of electric vehicles may have on funding for transportation infrastructure.

 

 

 

ENERGY WEBINARS

Webinar logoNCSL will be hosting a series of energy-themed webinars this spring examining a number of topics, including state options and responses to greenhouse gas emissions regulations, the impact of falling oil prices on state budgets, natural gas pipeline safety and more. Click Continue to view more information and to register for these upcoming webinars.

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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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