End-of-Year Analysis of Energy Legislation in all 50 States Available through Advanced Energy Legislation Tracker

Note to Reporters: The full report can be found at this link: http://col.st/18ZBBQv

As the year winds to a close, and as legislators and other advanced energy stakeholders prepare for 2014, Colorado State University’s Center for the New Energy Economy today published an end-of-year analysis of energy legislation in all 50 states.

CNEE’s analysis of the year’s activity, “2013 Year in Review – State Advanced Energy Legislation,” examines 589 bills enacted across nine policy categories of energy policy legislation including key policy trends this session. The nine categories tracked are economic development, electricity generation, emissions, energy efficiency, financing/financial incentives, infrastructure, natural gas development, regulatory, and transportation.

“If we look at where the country is going on advanced energy policy, overwhelmingly that transition is being led by states,” said Bill Ritter, Jr., director of CNEE and former governor of Colorado. “To get the pulse of where the country is going we need to understand what the states are doing. AEL Tracker has allowed our Center to conduct academic energy policy analysis throughout the year.

"In 2013 there were 3,236 advanced energy-related bills introduced of which 589 were signed into law by governors. We have summarized the enacted bills in this year-end paper,” Ritter added.

CNEE’s Advanced Energy Legislation Tracker is an online database of state energy legislation introduced in all 50 states. This first-of-its-kind database, the AELTracker identifies, categorizes and tracks these bills through the legislative process. Created in partnership with Advanced Energy Economy, AEL Tracker enables CNEE to conduct analysis of trends in state energy legislation.

Since AEL Tracker was launched in May 2013, the Center has published trends analysis on topics related to energy efficiency, financing policies, balanced natural gas development, renewable portfolio standards, and public utilities. The AEL Tracker website can be accessed at www.aeltracker.org.

About the Center for the New Energy Economy

Colorado State University’s Center for the New Energy Economy was founded in February 2011. CNEE is a privately funded initiative to support the growth of a clean energy economy across the United States. The Center is led by former Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter and is assisted by some of the nation’s most important thought leaders in clean energy research, development and commercialization. The Center works directly with governors, legislators, regulators, planners, policy makers and other decision makers to provide technical assistance and help them create the policies and practices to facilitate America’s transition to a clean energy economy. The mission of the Center is to incorporate best practices from around the nation and world to accelerate the development of a New Energy Economy. http://cnee.colostate.edu