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The energy sector in the U.S. and around the globe is in transition. Coal plants are shutting down earlier than expected, and conventional electricity generation is being replaced by cleaner and less expensive energy sources like renewables (wind and solar) and natural gas. Communities home to coal mines and coal plants rely on the jobs and revenue provided by the industry, and with mine and plant closures, they will face uncertain futures. The Center for the New Energy Economy (CNEE) is working with coal community members and policymakers to help support community-led, equitable transitions from coal to a cleaner economy.
Explore existing legislation related to the energy transition below.
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Last Updated: November 8, 2021
- Creates the Just Transition Office and tasks a Just Transition Advisory Committee with developing a draft Just Transition Plan to submit to the Governor and to the General Assembly. Enacted 2019.
- Summary: Seeds of a Just Coal Transition Policy in Colorado (IEEFA)
- Reauthorizes PUC. PUC must consider, when evaluating electric resources, what is best for “Colorado labor.” Utilities must provide to PUC “best value” employment metrics including training programs, wages, health care, and benefits as well as positive impacts on the long-term economic viability of Colorado communities. Enacted 2019.
- Bipartisan bill that finances the Office of Just Transition by allocating $8 million from the general fund to pay for economic development and another $7 million to aid coal workers. Enacted 2021.
- Defines “coal transition worker” and requires the Commission for Higher Education, in conjunction with the Department of Workforce Development, to give priority access to transition worker applicants applying for high value workforce ready credit-bearing grants. Requires that utilities seeking to terminate a power purchase agreement with a generation asset in which they have an ownership interest provide three years advance notice to the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission. Enacted 2020.
- Allows securitization of qualified costs associated with an electric generation facility that will be retired from service within 24 months. Enacted 2021.
- Establishes a program for community energy transition grants for host communities of coal, nuclear or gas plants that have or will retire (from special revenue fund in the state treasury). Enacted 2020.
- Finds it in the interest of Montanans to encourage and facilitate use of securitized ratepayer-backed bonds as a method for enabling electric utilities to lower the cost of financing the retirement or replacement of electric infrastructure and to empower the PSC to review securitization mechanisms. Enacted 2019.
- Creates the Energy Transition Indian Affairs Fund; the Energy Transition Economic Development Assistance Fund; and the Energy Transition Displaced Worker Assistance Fund. Enacted 2019.
- Summary of Worker and Community Assistance Provisions (PDF)
- Requires the State to adopt measures to reduce statewide greenhouse gas emissions. Creates the Climate Action Council and the Just Transition Working Group, which advises the Council on issues and opportunities for workforce development and training related to energy efficiency measures. Enacted 2019.
- See Also: Transition Support Mechanisms for Communities Facing Full or Partial Coal Power Plant Retirement in New York (March 2017)
- Requires owners of large carbon-emitting power plants to provide public notice about the decision to close the plant within 30 days of the decision and requires host localities and planning district commissions to conduct public hearings within six months of the notice. Enacted 2021.
- Establishes the Virginia Brownfield and Coal Mine Renewable Energy Grant Fund, which awards grants to renewable energy projects located on brownfields or previously coal mined lands. Enacted 2021.
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