State Legislatures Considered Over 2,500 Energy-Related Measures in 2020

3/1/2021

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NCSL Media Alert 

March 2, 2021

Denver—State legislatures play a pivotal role in America’s energy mix. In 2020 they considered a variety of energy policies that support the evolving energy sector and protect critical energy infrastructure. A report issued by the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), “2020-2021 Legislative Energy Trends,” examines state legislative action in 2020, highlighting trends in state energy policy and identifying topics that are likely to take priority in 2021 and beyond.

Key takeaways from the report include:

  • Legislatures in 41 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and Guam considered nearly 500 energy efficiency measures in 2020. 
  • At least 44 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico considered over 1,000 measures related to renewable energy, and at least 37 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico considered more than 400 measures focused on reducing climate emissions in the power and transportation sectors.
  • States considered over 35 measures on energy-related cybersecurity, representing a 30% drop from 2019.
  • Legislatures considered nearly 200 energy storage bills in 2020, enacting 33 measures.
  • Six states passed legislation in 2020 prohibiting municipalities from banning natural gas in new buildings, while six additional states have bills pending in 2021.

Includes information on the following legislative energy topics:

  • Addressing the Coronavirus Pandemic.
  • Transportation Electrification.
  • Energy Storage.
  • Energy Resilience.
  • Cybersecurity.
  • Climate Emissions and Clean Energy.
  • Energy Efficiency.
  • Building the Energy Workforce.
  • Environmental Justice and Equity.
  • Grid Modernization.
  • Fossil Fuels.

Access “2020-2021 Legislative Energy Trends.”

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  • At least 44 states considered over 1,000 measures related to renewable energy. New #NCSL energy report discusses more:
  • States considered over 35 measures on energy-related cybersecurity, representing a 30% drop from 2019.
  • In 2020, state legislatures considered nearly 200 energy storage bills and enacted 33 measures. New #NCSL energy report discusses more:
  • Six states passed legislation in 2020 prohibiting municipalities from banning natural gas in new buildings. Get the scoop from this new #NCSL report:

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NCSL is a bipartisan organization that serves the legislators and staffs of the states, commonwealths and territories. It provides research, technical assistance and opportunities for policymakers to exchange ideas on the most pressing state issues and is an effective and respected advocate for the interests of the states in the American federal system.