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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

The Energy Institute and the School of Global Environmental Sustainability will host the seventh annual 21st Century Energy Transition Symposium at CSU on October 30-31. The two day event encapsulates an ever-broadening dialogue around the U.S. and world’s energy transition and the topics surrounding those complex issues. The Women in Clean Energy lunch will kick off the event, which in the past, has inspired an audience of men and women on energy-related topics while discussing how to “unleash the power of women in an ever-changing energy landscape”. At this year’s event, you’ll hear from experts on “energy’s grand challenges” including how innovation, research and policy can lead to national and global impact. Speakers will discuss how clean energy leadership is being taken up by cities, states and corporations, how effective cyber and energy security impacts the U.S. interlinked networks as well as how decarbonizing fossil fuels can be accomplished. You’ll hear how understanding human behavior is critical to achieving energy and climate goals. In addition, researchers will share actual solutions and innovations that are in the marketplace helping to solve complex energy issues our world is facing today. A panel of sitting Governors (Montana Governor Steve Bullock, Wyoming Governor Matt Mead, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper) will share how they believe they can inspire non-partisan collaborations and regional cooperation. This session will be moderated by former Colorado Governor Bill Ritter. A panel will discuss the key issues facing electric utilities, state policy makers, cities and corporations as part of the transition to a low-carbon electric grid. Another session will discuss megatrends and associated challenges related to energy security and the impending transition to a low carbon energy future on a global scale. A high powered, experienced and diverse capstone panel will end the two day event while recapping what was shared at the symposium with forward-thinking insights. As in the past years, Colorado State University strives to host a balanced event that welcomes diverse thought leaders.


 

About Repowering the Western Economy

Beginning with a regional convening in June 2017, CNEE is working with state policy makers, PUCs, tribes, utilities, co-ops, environmental groups, and other public and private sector stakeholders to complete a 2040 roadmap. Following the initial regional convening in June, we will address the key issues in three work groups that will meet in-person and via teleconference to produce analysis and recommendations to support progress on their issues. Many of the outcomes from this regional dialogue will ultimately be decided and implemented on a state-by-state basis. Other aspects of the Repowering the Western Economy project include:

  • Learning, based on reports, data and analysis related to specific issues.
  • Networking and connections needed to identify and pursue opportunities.
  • Pilot programs (public and private sector)
  • Tangible results in terms of new policies and programs implemented by states (including through legislation) and in the private sector to
    support the transition to a low-carbon economy while providing jobs, economic opportunities, and state and local revenue.