Mandating alternative energy
The Energy Policy Act of 1992 (EPAct) and subsequent legislation require federal government agencies to incorporate alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs) into their fleets and/or adopt other strategies to reduce fleets' petroleum use.
This chart shows EPAct AFV acquisition requirements, total AFV acquisitions, and additional credits toward the acquisition requirements for all covered federal agencies from FY 2000 through FY 2013.
And those utilities are influential, spending more than million this year on federal lobbying, according to tallies by the Center for Responsive Politics. Lobbyists for Georgia Power have spent more than ,000 this year while meeting with lawmakers, utility and environmental regulators and other officials.
Residents in the Southeast also benefit from some of the lowest electricity bills in the country, making politicians reluctant to tamper with anything that could hit their constituents in the wallet.
It also would eliminate penalties utilities face for non-compliance.
Those involved in the debate say a mix of factors have deterred the states from more aggressively pursuing new sources of energy.
In November 1999, the Pennsylvania Legislature passed ACT 45, known as the Uniform Construction Code, into law mandating a statewide building code across Pennsylvania.
Act 45 requires the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry (DLI) to promulgate regulations to implement the requirements of the legislation and, in addition, to consider the development of alternative prescriptive methods for energy conservation that account for the various climatic regions within the Commonwealth.
To stimulate development of new renewable energy projects, Executive Order 13693 requires federal agencies to explore on-site renewable energy generation at their facilities.
Many states around the nation have implemented renewable portfolio standards (RPS) mandating a minimum fraction of renewably generated energy in all electricity sold.COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A repeat attempt by state lawmakers to soften Ohio's renewable energy requirements has cleared the Republican-controlled Ohio House.