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“We're running the most dangerous experiment in history right now, which is to see how much carbon dioxide the atmosphere can handle before there is an environmental catastrophe.”
- Elon Musk

SB 100

California

100% Renewables

California has one of the cleanest economies of the world. Since the passage of AB 32 in 2006, California's economy has grown faster than the national average while reducing carbon intensity 40% below 1990 levels. California has done all this while lowering energy bills, improving air quality and creating thousands of new, high wage jobs in the clean energy sector. California continues its fight against climate change with SB 100. SB 100 does all of the following: 1. Establishes an overall state target of 100% clean energy for California by 2045 by directing the CA Public Utilities Commission, CA Energy Commission, and Air Resources Board to adopt policies and requirements to achieve total reliance on renewable energy and zero carbon resources by that date. 2. Accelerates SB 350?s 50% mandate for clean renewable energy from 2030 to 2026 and establishes a new RPS benchmark of 60% by 2030 to ensure more clean energy in the California grid sooner. 3. Establishes new policies for energy companies to capture uncontrolled methane emissions from dairies, landfills and waste water treatment plants and use these clean renewable fuels to replace natural gas. 4. Authorizes investor owned utilities to invest in cleaner transportation fuels such as hydrogen or waste methane gas from dairies for heavy duty trucks to replace dirty diesel fuels, provided there are no other cleaner options such as zero emission vehicles available.

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SB 18-009

Colorado

The Rights of Consumers to Install Electricity Storage Systems on Their Property

Colorado's SB 18-009 establishes that electricity consumers have the right to install, interconnect, and use energy storage systems on their property. Due to extreme weather and general malfunctions, allowing for individual storage ensures reliability and resiliency in the face of uncertainty. This bill sets guidelines for the Public Utility Commission to adopt rules that allow for the installation of individual energy storage systems and to eliminate barriers such as restrictions or prohibitive fees to encourage installation. SB 18-009 also requires that the Utility Commission makes the review and approval processes straightforward, streamlined, and affordable.

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SB 1425

California

The Water-Energy Nexus Registry

Building on California's 2008 Climate Action Registry, Senator Pavley's Bill No. 1425 requires that the California EPA develop and implement a registry for greenhouse gas emissions resulting from water-based energy use, referred to as the water-energy nexus. To ensure that this registry uses the best available data to measure energy output, the bill authorizes CalEPA to work with a nonprofit organization to develop science-backed emissions baselines, encourage efficiency and greenhouse gas reduction measures, and assist participating businesses in tracking their emissions. All businesses in the state are eligible to participate on a voluntary basis.

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SB 1547-B

OR

The Clean Electricity and Coal Transition Plan

Requires each electric company providing electricity to retail electricity consumers located in this state to eliminate coal-fired resources from electric company's electricity supply.

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HB 623

Hawaii

Hawaii Renewable Portfolio Standards: Clean Energy Initiative; Public Utilities Commission

HB 632 builds on Hawaii's already existing renewable portfolio standards, and sets a goal of 100% renewable energy for public utilities sales by 2045. As long as moving towards renewable energy remains beneficial to Hawaii's economy, electric customers, and overall affordability, this bill creates a timeline for electric utility companies to increase their RPS over time. Upcoming goals include 25 percent renewables by 2020, 40 percent renewables by 2030, and 70 percent renewables by 2040. This act also requires that Hawaii's Public Utility Commission contract institutions to implement independent studies to assess the impacts of renewables. These studies will focus on topics such as impact on consumer pay, utility system reliability, demographics, and costs of fossil fuel volatility.

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SB 1414

CA

Electricity: Demand Response

Electricity: demand response. This bill requires the three utilities and regulators to include demand response in resource adequacy plans, which currently only include generation resources. Its role in long-term procurement planning by: expanding the utilities existing required competitive bid process to include demand response; clarifying that the utilities shall include demand response in their currently required portfolio of short and long term demand reduction strategies; and requiring utilities to incorporate demand response in their currently required risk management strategies.

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HF 773

MN

Solar Energy Jobs Act of 2013

Contains several provisions designed to promote the generation of solar electricity in Minnesota. It requires utilities to pay solar generators a “value of solar” price calculated by the Department of Commerce; establishes a solar energy standard that requires a certain proportion of utility retail electric sales to be generated by solar energy by certain target dates; and authorizes the commissioner of commerce to calculate a solar energy production incentive designed to support a level of development of solar energy that will meet the solar energy standard. The bill also requires the production of several studies on solar energy, thermal as well as electric, and the use of on-site energy storage systems.

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AB 341

CA

Green Building Standards

Green building standards. This bill requires the Building Standards Commission to incorporate future green building standards directly into the relevant portions of the California Building Code and makes other changes to the process for developing green building standards.

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HB 5510

CT

An Act Concerning Electric And Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles

To prepare electric distribution companies, municipalities, public and private merchants and electrical contractors for the presence and operation of electric, zero-emission and fuel cell vehicles in the state, to make changes regarding parking of hydrogen fuel vehicles under grade level and to make changes regarding labeling of vehicles that carry pressurized gas as fuel.

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SB X 1-2

CA

California Renewable Energy Resources Act

Increases California's Renewables Portfolio Standard goal from 20 percent by 2010 to 33 percent by 2020 and revises specified provisions of the existing RPS statutes.

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HB 10 1342

CO

Colorado Community Solar Gardens Act

The bill directs the Public Utilities Commission to adopt new rules under which standard offers can apply to solar generation facilities that are beneficially owned by 10 or more customers at a shared location, called a "community solar garden." This will help customers participate in solar generation even though solar facilities on their own properties may not be feasible due to cost, the physical characteristics of their sites, their status as renters, or other factors.

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AB 920

CA

Solar and Wind Distributed Generation

This bill expands the current net-metering programs for wind and solar to allow net-metered customers to sell any excess electricity they produce over the course of a year to their electric utility at a rate set either by the Public Utilities Commission or by the publicly-owned utility. The rate shall be set to provide the customer-generator "just and reasonable" compensation for the surplus energy sales, while leaving other ratepayers unaffected. The utility retains ownership of the renewable energy credits (RECs) associated with any net surplus electricity it must purchase, while the customer will retain the REC associated with any electricity generated and consumed by the customer.

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SB 17

CA

Electricity: Smart Grid Systems

Requires the California Public Utilities Commission, in consultation with other state agencies and key stakeholders, to determine the requirements for a smart grid deployment plan and requires the utilities to submit smart grid plans to the California Public Utilities Commission.

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SB 2768

MA

Massachusetts Green Communities Act

Massachusetts is required to adopt the latest version of the IECC within 1 year. All commercial buildings must demonstrate full compliance with the energy provisions of the state code.

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SB 1473

CA

Building Standards

Requires cities and counties to collect a fee on building permit applicants, in the amount of $4 per every $100,000 in valuation. Authorizes cities and counties to retain 10 percent of the fees collected for administrative costs and code enforcement education, while the remainder will be available to the Building Standards Commission, upon appropriation, for the purpose of funding the development of building standards, with emphasis on the development, adoption, publication, updating, and educational efforts associated with green building standards.

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AB 2021

CA

Public Utilities: Energy Efficiency

This bill requires the Energy Commission, on or before November 1, 2007, and every 3 years thereafter, in consultation with the commission and local publicly owned electric utilities, in a public process that allows input from other stakeholders, to develop a statewide estimate of all potentially achievable cost-effective electricity and natural gas efficiency savings and establish statewide annual targets for energy efficiency savings and demand reduction over 10 years.

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AB 2160

CA

State Buildings: Green Building

This bill requires the Department of General Services to define a life cycle cost analysis model to be used with respect to certain state building design and construction decisions.

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SB 1

CA

Electricity: Solar Energy: Net Metering

This bill requires beginning January 1, 2011, a seller of production homes, as defined, to offer the option of a solar energy system, as defined, to all customers negotiating to purchase a new production home constructed on land meeting certain criteria and to disclose certain information.related to this provision. This bill would require the PUC, in implementing the California Solar Initiative, to authorize the award of monetary incentives for up to the first megawatt of alternating current generated by an eligible solar energy system.

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AB 1660

CA

California Energy-Efficient Vehicle Group Purchase Program

Enacts the California Energy-Efficient Vehicle Group Purchase Program to encourage state and local government agencies to buy energy-efficient motor vehicles through a group-purchasing program that uses the purchasing leverage of state and local agencies to lower the purchase price.

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SB 1037

CA

Energy Efficiency

This bill would require the commission, in consultation with the Energy Commission, to identify all potentially achievable cost-effective electricity efficiency savings and to establish efficiency targets for an electrical corporation to achieve pursuant to its procurement plan. The bill would require that an electrical corporation's procurement plan include a showing that the electrical corporation will first meet its unmet resource needs through all available energy efficiency and demand reduction resources that are cost effective, reliable, and feasible.

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SB 1078

CA

Renewable Energy: California Renewables Portfolio Standard Program

This bill establishes the California Renewables Portfolio Standard Program, which requires that a retail seller of electricity, including electrical corporations, community choice aggregators, and electric service providers, purchase a minimum percentage of electricity generated by eligible renewable energy resources as a percentage of total kilowatt hours sold to retail end-use customers each calendar year.

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AB 405

Nevada

An Act Relating to Renewable Energy; Creating the Renewable Energy Bill of Rights

In response to a decline in Nevada's solar industry, the legislature successfully passed Assemblyman Brooks' Assembly Bill 405 to restore rooftop solar. AB 405 takes a two-pronged approach to improve the solar industry, establishing a net-metering system with transparent rates and adjustment charges, while also protecting consumers and establishing a Solar Bill of Rights. This net-metering system credits residential solar energy producers for the electricity they produce and put back into the grid. Over time, as solar becomes a larger portion of the energy supply in Nevada, a Net Metering Adjustment Charge will reduce the value of exporting solar energy. Rate information and more will be provided in full detail for every system sold, leased, or financed through a Power Purchase Agreement in Nevada, as part of a resident's solar rights. Other rights include the overall right to generate, consume, and store renewable energy, to use energy storage technology at a resident's home, and to have access to the same rate options as any non-solar customer.

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