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New tool monitors solar policy across the U.S.

Colorado State University has developed a new online tool, the Advanced Energy Legislation (AEL) Tracker, to help monitor and analyze energy legislation across the USA.

The database is a product of the University’s Center for the New Energy Economy (CNEE) and Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) and covers all types of energy-related legislation, including solar, other renewables and fossil fuels.

“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.”


This map shows that New York has the most solar energy-related bills. Credit: AEL Tracker

This map shows that New York has the most solar energy-related bills. Credit: AEL Tracker


“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.”

AEL Tracker provides a simple way to look at over 2,100 energy-related bills across the 50 states. According to AEL Tracker, about 21 percent of pending bills promote clean energy development.

The University plans to use the tool to publish 2-3 analyses on energy trends each month.

“This online database provides information on critical state legislation that is available nowhere else,” said Graham Richard, CEO of AEE.

“We hope this unique database will increase awareness of advanced energy and the way state action can unleash its economic potential for the United States.”

You can use the tool at www.aeltracker.org.

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