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Center for New Energy Economy rolls out legislative database

May 10, 2013

The Advanced Energy Legislation Tracker monitors energy-related bills pending in all 50 states, from solar to natural gas and everything in between, and allows CNEE to conduct analysis of trends in energy legislation.

On May 7, Colorado State University’s Center for the New Energy Economy  rolled out the Advanced Energy Legislation Tracker – a new online database of energy-related bills pending in all 50 states, from solar to natural gas and everything in between. This first-of-its-kind database, at, will also enable CNEE to conduct analysis of trends in state energy legislation.

“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 brings together information on energy-related legislation in all 50 states, in a form that is easily accessible not only to lawmakers at all levels of government, but to academics, analysts, environmentalists, funders, business leaders and the general public. It will allow our Center to conduct critical academic analysis of issues related to energy legislation nationwide.”

Trend analysis, white papers

The Center’s first trend analysis, “Rediscovering the First Fuel," focuses on energy efficiency. The Center expects to publish two to three trend analyses per month and will next publish a white paper on financing of advanced energy.

The database, which is currently tracking more than 2,100 bills, has been developed in collaboration with Advanced Energy Economy, a national business organization representing the entire advanced energy industry, from wind, hydro, solar, and natural gas to efficiency and electric vehicles.

The Center for the New Energy Economy is a privately-funded initiative to support the growth of a clean energy economy across the United States, housed at Colorado State University’s Center since its founding in February 2011.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.

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