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About AEL Tracker

Advanced energy encompasses a broad range of products and services that constitute the best available technologies for meeting energy needs today and tomorrow. Among these are energy efficiency, demand response, natural gas electric generation, solar, wind, hydro, nuclear, electric vehicles, biofuels and smart grid. It’s all the innovations that make the energy we use more secure, clean, and affordable.

The AEL Tracker database contains advanced energy legislation across all 50 states. The database also includes other legislation that would either reduce or increase the market share for advanced energy. AEL Tracker organizes legislation into the following policy categories: Electricity Generation; Energy Efficiency; Financing; Regulatory; Natural Gas; Emissions; Transportation; Infrastructure; Economic Development; Other Energy.
In total, the Tracker database provides current legislative language, recent actions, bill sponsor information, and policy trend analyses.

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About SPOT for clean energy

The Center for the New Energy Economy (CNEE), in partnership with The Nature Conservancy (TNC), built the State Policy Opportunity Tracker (SPOT) for Clean Energy to serve as a hub of information on both existing state clean energy policies and, uniquely, future policy opportunities. At its essence, this resource synthesizes data from a dozen sources on existing state policies, analyzes various components of those policies, and displays that information at the state and individual policy level. In this way, the user can view each state’s existing clean energy policies as well as opportunities for policy adoption. Importantly, this resource is not a state scorecard. It is a planning resource for states as they develop their clean energy policy roadmaps.

CNEE analyzed 40 clean energy policies for each state. The first screen is a binary question — “Does this state have this policy (Yes or No)?” The second step involves a series of questions for each policy that assess the various components of that policy.  The answers to these questions inform the detailed gap analysis, represented as a “fill level”, for each state policy.

Finally, our intention is that this site should serve as a hub to more information. Each policy has a downloadable 2-page policy brief, source information, and links to organizations that specialize in each policy area.

About the Clean Energy Policy e-book

The Clean Energy Policy Guide for State Legislatures is a how-to resource for state clean energy policies in the areas of energy efficiency, infrastructure, transportation, renewable energy, financing, and emissions. For each policy, CNEE has outlined key components, provided example state programs, and assembled relevant multimedia including maps, charts, videos, and podcasts. CNEE also identifies 11 New Policy Frontiers – areas prime for new, innovative policy development.

The e-book is available as a free download from the Apple iTunes store as an iBook, or from Amazon as a Kindle eBook. It can be viewed on a tablet, desktop, or mobile device. An online version of the e-book is available as well.

About the Clean Energy Legislative Academy

The primary goal of CNEE’s Clean Energy Legislative Academy is for all participating legislators, and their key energy staffers, to learn about evolving energy issues and gain access to information and resources needed to work on clean energy policy. For the initial class of legislators, we invited both relatively new legislators interested in energy issues and committee leadership. 24 legislators attending the 2017 Clean Energy Academy from 15 states reflecting both geographic and partisan diversity. Our goal is to work with these legislators on an ongoing basis to identify key issues in their state (using the SPOT for Clean Energy database), supply them with access to past legislation (using the AEL Tracker), new ideas (using the Legislative e-book) along with analysis and technical support.

The Academy is broken into two workshops per year. The curriculum focuses on the history and current state of policy development, the dynamics of the changing energy infrastructure, and the challenges for policy in the coming decade. While the main themes of the first workshop were on transportation, grid modernization, renewable energy and energy efficiency, all relevant policy areas were be on the table. The academy allowed legislators to identify the best solutions for their state, with consulting from staff and experts along the way.


About CSU-hosted energy-related symposium

Successfully hosting their 6th annual symposium, Colorado State University has become a trusted voice of credible data, research and solutions for energy-related issues.  CSU’s leadership as an “honest broker” of information from all sides of the issue has been noticed by stakeholders.

The 6th annual “21st Century Energy Transition” symposium was held September 28-29, 2016 on the Colorado State University campus.  From 2011-2015 this event was formerly known as the “Natural Gas Symposium”.

The 6th annual symposium broadened its scope to include other energy-related topics, addressing opportunities and challenges in our country’s energy transition. CSU has built a reputation for hosting balanced symposium addressing all sides of the issues around natural gas in Colorado and across the country while remaining an impartial broker of information. Over the years as issues around natural gas continued to became more complex, CSU scientists and researchers created innovative, practical and affordable solutions while partnering with environmental organizations, community and industry. This year’s symposium topics included mega trends in energy sources and uses, Energy transition in the western United States, global barriers to meet climate change goals and “Energy 101” sessions, to name a few topics.

Click here to view the agenda.       Click here to watch some or all of the videotaped sessions.

Click here to download a free 2 page white paper written by Center for the New Energy Economy entitled “2013-2015 Trends in State Natural Gas Supply Chain Legislation

About EPA’s Clean Power Plan project

Center for the New Energy Economy (CNEE) has engaged Western state environmental agencies and utilities in a dialogue on EPA’s Clean Power Plan. Initially, these groups were convened separately. On May 12-13, 2015 CNEE hosted a workshop that successfully brought together state environmental and economic regulators, along with industry representatives to: 1) examine key technical and policy issues of importance to the West, and 2) prepare for the planning process. On September 10, 2015 CNEE hosted a conference to inform the initial proposal process and Clean Power Plan implementation in the West.Participants in the initiative include:

  • Western state and tribal environmental and air quality officials
  • Western state energy offices
  • Western utility commissioners and staff
  • Western utility industry representatives
  • Western regional organizations (WIEB, WECC, WESTAR, WGA)
  • U.S. EPA Regions VIII, IX, and X