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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 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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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/SF680

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 2 x1

CA

Energy: Renewable Energy Resources

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 would require 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-effectiveelectricity 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 would require 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 would require 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 electricalcorporation'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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