Energy Legislation

Virginia Legislators Look to Tax Breaks and Barrier-Busting to Boost Renewable Energy

February 5, 2016 by Ivy Main

Virginia Energy Legislation

The orchestrated mayhem of the Virginia General Assembly session is well underway. Weeks have passed and not much time remains until what’s known as “Crossover,” after which any bill that hasn’t passed its own chamber is effectively dead.[read more]

Virginia Loves Nuclear But Hates Uranium. Why?

January 4, 2016 by Rod Adams
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Virginia may be the only state in the United States with an actual law that is designed to create a public-private partnership structure whose mission is to strengthen, promote, and support the development of its nuclear energy and technology industries.[read more]

Efficiency Standards Quietly Lead to Billions of Energy Bill Savings for Consumers

December 24, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

Efficiency and Savings

While most consumers and business owners probably don't think much about the importance of appliance energy efficiency standards, the work done this year to make sure our equipment doesn't waste energy (and increase utility bills) will generate financial and environmental benefits well into the future.[read more]

Energy Policy in Congress: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly from 2015

December 22, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

For the first time in eight years both the House and Senate energy committees sought this year to advance bipartisan comprehensive energy legislation to address our nation's rapidly changing energy systems and aging transmission, storage, and other infrastructure.[read more]

Dominion Virginia Power Ordered to Refund $19.7 Million to Customers, but Gets to Keep a Billion in Future Overcharges

December 18, 2015 by Ivy Main
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Dominion and Future Billing

The State Corporation Commission has ordered Dominion to refund $19.7 million to customers, reflecting excess earnings during 2013 and 2014. But the company will not have to lower its rates going forward, due to its success in getting a bill passed that freezes base rates and eliminates rate reviews until 2022.[read more]

A Grand Compromise on Energy?

December 17, 2015 by Geoffrey Styles
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The idea of a Congressional "grand compromise" on energy has been debated for years. A decade ago, such an agreement might have opened up access for drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, in exchange for "cap and trade" or some other comprehensive national greenhouse gas emissions policy.[read more]

New Legislation Affects U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve

December 10, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

U.S. Fuel Reserve Legislation

Two new laws authorize sales of crude oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) over the next decade. The Bipartisan Budget Act authorizes the sale of 58 million barrels of SPR oil between FY 2018-25 for deficit reduction purposes and an estimated 40-50 million barrels of oil in FY 2017-20 for SPR modernization.[read more]

Shrinking the Strategic Petroleum Reserve

November 24, 2015 by Geoffrey Styles
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Last month's Congressional budget compromise included plans to sell 58 million barrels of oil from the US Strategic Petroleum Reserve. The world has changed enormously since the SPR was established in the 1970s, but the realignment of such an asset for the 21st century deserves a full strategic review and debate.[read more]

House Energy Bill Turns Partisan but Gives Utility Software-as-Service a Boost

October 14, 2015 by
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Congress and Energy Bills

Straight out of August recess, Congress wasted no time to make national headlines. The District was abuzz with votes on the Iran nuclear deal, a visit from Pope Francis, and a potential government shutdown – which the surprise resignation of Speaker John Boehner helped to avert.[read more]

Four Powerhouse Bills to Help California get to 50 Percent Renewable Energy

August 19, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

California Energy Bills

California is deep into the dog days of summer, and pressure is mounting on the state’s electric grid to keep up with demand. Luckily, California’s legislature is working to bring more clean energy resources to the grid, diversifying how we power our homes and businesses.[read more]

A Legislative Push to Get Texas Serious About Demand Response

April 25, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

Texas Energy Legislation

With the blooming Texas bluebonnets signalling the end of winter and at least a few weeks before the blazing heat begins, spring might not seem the ideal time for the Texas Legislature to debate laws about keeping the lights on or electric grid reliability.[read more]

A Roundup of Energy, Water, and Climate Bills in the 84th Texas Legislative Session

March 29, 2015 by Kate Zerrenner

Texas Energy Legislation

We’ve almost made it to the midway point of the 84th Session of the Texas Legislature, so it's a good time to check which climate, clean energy, and energy-water nexus bills have been filed this Session. Here’s a look at a few that are likely to rise to the top, and ones we hope will cross the finish line by June 1st.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: On Obama's Changing Keystone Oil Pipeline Stance

March 21, 2015 by Edward Dodge
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Pipeline Policy and Rhetoric

President Obama has used increasingly negative rhetoric in recent months when discussing the Keystone XL pipeline. The President’s remarks have left most observers with the impression that he will reject the controversial pipeline’s permit and cancel the project once and for all.[read more]

Colorado Is the Latest State to Consider the 'Utility of the Future'

March 17, 2015 by Jeff St. John

Colorado’s state legislature is currently seeking to follow the lead of states like California, New York, Hawaii and Massachusetts in revamping its utility regulations to better serve for a more distributed, customer-empowered energy future.[read more]

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Colorado Introduces Legislation to Create a New Utility Business Model

March 11, 2015 by Tom Plant
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Colorado HB 1250 follows the lead of PUCs in Hawaii, New York and Massachusetts, instructing the Colorado PUC to look at different ways the state might be able to align the public policy objectives of a cleaner, more efficient and innovative energy system with the utility’s business model.[read more]