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This plan is operational with additional planning through the Alaska Energy Authority. The overall objective of this plan is to provide Alaskans with affordable power. In addition to this goal, it aims to achieve 20% energy efficiency and conservation improvements by 2020 and generate 50% of its electric needs from renewable and alternative energy sources by the year 2025.
There is no current state energy plan for Alaska.
The Governor of Arizona, through the Governor's Office of Energy Policy, issued an Executive Order in February of 2013 establishing Arizona’s Master Energy Plan (MEP) Task Force to help draft a new Arizona Master Energy Plan by December 31, 2013.
The 40-member Task Force was divided into four work groups based on topics for discussion: Transportation, Fuels and Infrastructure Planning; Business, Regulation and Workforce; Environment, Natural Resources and Land Use; and Technology Development. The work groups were led by entities that play a role in energy policy in Arizona. The Legislature led the Transportation, Fuels and Infrastructure Planning group. The Arizona Corporation Commission led the Business, Regulation and Workforce group. The Arizona Commerce Authority led the Technology Development group. The Governor’s Office of Energy Policy led the Environment, Natural Resources and Land Use group. A series of 16 meetings were held from April to July.
Stakeholder Meetings will be conducted statewide in late November/early December to present an overview of the drafting process and discuss topics to be included in the plan (to be released in 2014) followed by a question/answer session and public comment period.
The draft master energy plan was submitted to Governor Brewer by December 31, 2013. On February 18, 2014, the Governor approved and accepted a Master Energy Plan to help lead Arizona into prosperous and reliable energy future.
Executive Order 2014 - 04
This plan was created due to an aging energy infrastructure, increasing US energy demands, economic development opportunities, national security and environmental concerns, emerging technologies, and an increasing global competition for natural resources. The PSC also notes that "EE is almost invariably the most cost effective means of meeting energy and capacity requirements."
There is no current state energy plan for Arkansas.
The 2015 Integrated Energy Policy Report provides the results of the California Energy Commission’s assessments of a variety of energy issues facing California. Many of these issues will require action if the state is to meet its climate, energy, air quality, and other environmental goals while maintaining reliability and controlling costs. The 2015 Integrated Energy Policy Report covers a broad range of topics, including energy efficiency, benchmarking under the Assembly Bill 758 Action Plan, strategies related to data for improved decisions in the Existing Buildings Energy Efficiency Action Plan, building energy efficiency standards, the impact of drought on California’s energy system, achieving 50 percent renewables by 2030, Renewable Action Plan status, the California Energy Demand Forecast, the Natural Gas Outlook, the Assembly Bill 1257 Report, methane emissions, the Transportation Energy Demand Forecast, Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program benefits updates, landscape-scale planning efforts, transmission projects, the California Independent System Operator energy imbalance market, the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan, climate change vulnerability and adaptation options, update on electricity infrastructure in Southern California, an update on trends in California’s sources of crude oil, and an update on California’s nuclear plants.
Warren-Alquist Act (Division 15 of the Public Resources Code)
SB 1389, Bowen and Sher, Chapter 568, Statutes of 2002
The Colorado State Energy Report was released in August 2014 and summarizes the values that drive the administration’s efforts in the energy sector, the goals the administration has set, what has been accomplished to date and what’s on the horizon yet to be accomplished. As described in the report, the values that drive Colorado’s energy goals include: growing jobs and spurring innovation, protection Colorado’s world-class environment, streamlining government, and encouraging collaboration. This document was created in response to input received from energy industry leaders and was a joint effort between the Colorado Energy Office, the Colorado Department of Natural Resources, and the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment.
Connecticut‘s Comprehensive Energy Strategy gives the state a more systematic basis for addressing energy opportunities and challenges. It provides a foundation for better informed policy, regulatory, and legislative decisions – as well as better energy choices at the household and business level. This Strategy covers all fuels in all sectors with a planning horizon out to 2050. It offers analysis of the state‘s current energy circumstances and a set of recommendations designed to advance the Governor‘s agenda of moving Connecticut toward a cheaper, cleaner, and more reliable energy future.
Connecticut released a draft update in 2017 to their Comprehensive Energy Strategy. The updated plan has not been finalized.
Public Act 03-140
Public Act 11-80
This is an operational plan with on-going planning through the Governor's Energy Advisory Council's working groups. Recommendations are prioritized based on timing, importance, and anticipated financial impacts of the recommendations. These recommendations were ranked as high priority if they should be implemented in the very short term, based on importance, anticipated high benefit-cost ratios, or no-cost for the state to implement. Following this, second tier recommendations should be accomplished in the mid-term, years 2 to 3, or as funding becomes available. Lastly, the third tier recommendations should be accomplished if and when funding opportunities arose.
Del. Code Ann. Tit. 29 §8053(c)(7)
Clean and Affordable Energy Act of 2008 (CAEA)
DOEE issued a request for applications in May 2015 to develop an energy plan. The draft plan is in progress.
As of December 2013, planning efforts are underway for a new state energy plan.
Executive Order 07-126 (2008 plan)
Executive Order 07-127 (2008 plan)
Executive Order 07-128 (2008 plan)
Since the last Georgia energy report was released in 2012, there have been significant changes within Georgia’s energy sector, and progress has been made on many of the state’s energy programs and goals. In 2013, the state executed its first guaranteed energy savings performance contract (GESPC) at Phillips State Prison in Buford, Ga. The State Energy Program (SEP) completed projects that will save the state an estimated 250 million kWh per year, enough energy to power more than 16,000 homes for a year. In 2013, the Weatherization Assistance Program weatherized 3,814 homes.
These are just a few of the accomplishments that the Georgia environmental Finance authority (GEFA) has led over the past two years. In addition to projects led by GEFA, many other organizations and institutions within Georgia, including private sector companies, regulatory bodies, and nonprofit organizations, have led positive improvements in the energy sector. Outside the state’s borders, developments such as dramatic increases in natural gas and renewable technologies are changing how Georgia produces and uses energy. GEFA continues to take a leadership role in energy conservation and management in the state by implementing and managing innovative and productive energy programs that span a wide range of sectors and communities. These initiatives, as well as important energy trends, will be highlighted in the 2014 Georgia energy report
Operational with additional planning and implementation through the State of Hawaii, HCEI and its working groups.
Hawaii Energy Strategy
Section 226-18, Hawaii Revised Statutes
This plan is operational, approved by the Energy, Environment and Technology Interim Committee on January 10, 2012 and formally adopted by the Idaho Legislature on March 6, 2012. The Idaho Strategic Energy Alliance, headed by the Idaho Governor's Energy Office (the state energy office), assisted with its development. It is an update of the 2007 Idaho Energy Strategy. The plan is based upon the following objectives: ensure a secure, reliable and stable energy system for the citizens and businesses of Idaho; maintain Idaho’s low-cost energy supply and ensure access to affordable energy for all Idahoans; protect Idaho’s public health, safety and natural environment and conserve Idaho’s natural resources; promote sustainable economic growth, job creation, and rural economic development; and provide the means for Idaho’s energy Policies and Actions to adapt to changing circumstances.with additional planning efforts through the Idaho Strategic Energy Alliance (SEA) and the Idaho Office of Energy Resources. The recommended policies and actions are organized by the following categories: electricity, natural gas, petroleum and transportation fuels, conservation and energy efficiency, energy facility siting, economic development, and energy outreach and education.
HCR 062 (2006 session) and HCR 013 (2007 session)
As of December 2013, this plan is operational with implementation efforts underway through the Indiana Office of Energy Development. As an Indiana economic comeback depends heavily on the successful development of its energy potential, increasing job growth and incomes is a main objective of this plan. It aims produce more of the energy needed from its own natural resources while simultaneously encouraging conservation and energy efficiency.
Planning efforts are currently underway for the release of a new comprehensive state energy plan in spring/summer of 2014.
“Collaborate locally. Grow sustainably. Lead nationally.” Iowa is a leader in biofuels and renewable energy. That leadership was achieved because of thoughtful planning. Creating a statewide energy plan will keep Iowa at the forefront of energy policy and allow our state to develop a path toward the future.
The Iowa Energy Plan’s vision statement represents the collective understanding of Iowa’s ideal future in terms of its energy use and resources. The vision considers a planning horizon of 10 years, with 15 objectives and 45 strategies outlined in the 100+ page report. During the planning process, the following themes were identified as key areas that could positively impact Iowa’s energy economy:
The comprehensive plan, executive summary and additional resources can be found at www.iowaenergyplan.org.
This plan is operational with implementation and on-going planning through the Department for Energy Development and Independence. Since it is a challenge for the 21st century to pragmatically adopt inherently cleaner, newer energy sources, as well as innovative uses of traditional energy sources, this plan is designed to be a ‘living’ document that serves as a means for the state including the general public, public officials, educators, businesses and industries at all levels. In addition, it is an evolutionary plan that is not intended to be exhaustive at the outset. Further, the plan includes a Renewable and Efficiency Portfolio Standard (REPS) whereby 25% of Kentucky’s energy needs are met by 2025. It also displaces 60% of its reliance on foreign petroleum by utilizing fuels such as those derived from biomass and coal, plug-in hybrid vehicles, and compressed natural gas (CNG). Lastly, by 2025, it aims to have 50% of coal-based energy facilities equipped with carbon management technologies.
As of December 2013, this plan is operational with implementation and on-going planning efforts through the Governor's Energy Office, as well as the Maine Legislative Joint Standing Committee on Energy and Utilities. It is designed to help guide Maine towards an energy future with affordable, reliable and clean energy supplies that are environmentally responsible and economically beneficial to Maine energy consumers and utility rate payers. Some of the main contributing factors of this plan include dependence on unreliable, insecure and expensive foreign oil and natural gas and a rapid rise in energy prices to historic levels in 2008. Its goals include achieving economic prosperity, environmental integrity and energy security with clean, reliable, affordable, sustainable, and indigenous renewable resources. In addition, it plans to weatherize 100% of all Maine residences and 50% of all Maine businesses in the next twenty years.
During the 2013 session, the legislature amended specific energy plan language to be included in the early 2015 update of the state energy plan.
Me. Rev. Stat. Ann. tit. 2 §9
This operational plan promotes affordable, reliable and clean energy, by also helping to reduce household bills, create new green collar jobs, address global climate change, and promote energy independence. The plan lists anticipated benefits to Marylanders for FY’12 which include, but are not limited to energy cost savings over life of investments of $122 million; green collar jobs created and/or retained of approximately 321; CO2 emissions reduced by 37,616 tons; renewable energy systems installed on homes of over 2,900 systems; annual energy saved of 58,296 MWh; and annual renewable energy produced of 23,320 MWh.
This plan is operational with on-going planning efforts through the Office of Energy & Environmental Affairs. The plan contains the measures necessary to meet the 25% limit, as well as GHG emissions 25% below 1990 levels by 2020. In addition, it looks at energy independence; energy costs and volatility; economic opportunities; climate change; and local and regional air pollution.
Chapter 298 of The Global Warming Solutions Act of 2008
There is no current state energy plan for Massachusetts.
This plan is operational with additional planning efforts through the PSC and proposes that the state establish a RPS of 10% by renewable energy by the end of 2015. It also aims to transition Michigan’s economy into the digital age and provide a reliable, safe, clean, and affordable supply of energy.
Executive Directive No. 2006-02
There is no current state energy plan for Michigan.
This plan is operational.
Minnesota Statutes, section 216C.18 require the Minnesota Department of Commerce’s Office of Energy Security (OES) to issue the State Energy Policy and Conservation Report every four years. This report - informally referred to as the Quadrennial Report or "Quad Report" - is designed to identify major emerging trends and issues in energy supply, consumption, conservation, and costs.
Energy policy and economic development policy are closely connected. When considering where to locate or expand operations, businesses take into account whether a location offers a long-term, affordable, and secure energy supply with the infrastructure capacity necessary to meet their energy needs. To ensure the success of the Mississippi’s energy-related economic development efforts, effective policies and activities must be concentrated on:
• Reinforcing Mississippi’s energy strengths
• Ensuring an affordable and reliable energy supply
• Encouraging energy efficiency and energy supply diversity
• Enhancing growth in technological energy-related core competencies
• Filling any identified gaps in assets, infrastructure, and resources needed to ensure future growth
• Increasing supply of skilled workforce needed in a high-tech economy
In 2014, the governor signed an executive order to develop the state’s first statewide comprehensive energy plan. In public meetings across the state, the initiative will solicit input from stake holders including consumers, businesses, public utilities, renewable energy companies, academic researchers and environmental advocates. Governor Nixon’s dedication to energy, with an eye toward efficiency, renewable resources and promoting economic development while protecting the environment, has been embraced by consumers, communities and businesses and is being showcased across Missouri.
In 2015, the final plan was released.
Executive Order 14-06
Governor Steve Bullock recently released his blueprint for Montana's energy future. Governor Bullock's energy plan stems from numerous meetings with Montanans to gather input and perspective from all sectors of the energy industry.
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Senate Bill 225, Laws of 1993 and Montana Annotated Code, 90-4-1001 (codified)
This plan is operational with additional planning through the energy office and was created due to rising energy costs and for economic and energy security purposes. It also views an effective management of the costs within the State’s control as a key factor to maintaining a competitive advantage when it comes to regional energy prices. Further, this plan sets forth to develop almost 1% of the state’s wind energy potential (7,880 MW) to support local and marketable jobs, economic activity, and support the goal of achieving more wind energy.
Planning efforts underway through the Nevada State Office of Energy (NSOE).
Senate Bill 191 (2013) directs of the Office of Energy and Planning, in coordination with the newly formed Energy Advisory Council, to develop an energy strategy for New Hampshire. The process began in the fall of 2013 and concluded in September 2014. An updated plan was released in April 2018.
This plan is operational with additional planning through the Office of Clean Energy. The 2015 Master Plan replaces the state’s 2011 Energy Master Plan. It was created due to confronting dependence on oil, nuclear power and the mining of coal. Also, global events that underscore technology choices presenting risks to society and the environment played a part in its development. Through this plan, the administration will manage energy in a manner which saves money, stimulates the economy, creates jobs, protects the environment, mitigates long-term cumulative impacts, and is consistent with the goals of the State Strategic Plan. It contains five overarching goals which include driving down the cost of energy for all consumers; promoting a diverse portfolio of new, clean, in-state generation; rewarding energy efficiency and energy conservation and reduce peak demand; capitalizing on emerging technologies for transportation and power production; and maintaining support for the renewable energy portfolio standard of 22.5% of energy from renewable sources by 2021. In addition to this, the administration supports a goal of securing 70% of the state’s energy needs from "clean" energy sources by 2050.
The New Mexico State Energy Plan provides broad recommendations, strategies and policies as an approach to energy development in New Mexico. The plan includes recommendations for traditional fossil fuels such as oil, natural gas and coal and renewables like wind and solar and energy storage technologies. Energy efficiency in public buildings is also included in the recommendations.
This plan is operational with implementation and additional planning efforts through the Board member agencies and NYSERDA. The Plan sets forth a vision for a robust and innovative clean energy economy that will stimulate investment, create jobs and meet the energy needs of residents and businesses over its 10-year planning horizon. The Plan’s strategies and recommendations have been designed to meet five policy objectives which include assuring that New York has reliable energy and transportation systems; supporting energy and transportation systems that enable the State to significantly reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, both to do the state’s part in responding to the dangers posed by climate change and to position the state to compete in a national and global carbon constrained economy; addressing affordability concerns of residents and businesses caused by rising energy bills, and improve the state’s economic competitiveness; reducing health and environmental risks associated with the production and use of energy across all sectors; and improving the state’s energy independence and fuel diversity by developing in-state energy supply resources. In addition, it aims to continue efficiency programs that meet the EEPS goal to reduce state's electricity use by 15% below forecasted 2015 levels.
Executive Order No. 2
Article 6 - Energy Planning (from this link, click on "ENG" for Article 6)
North Carolina Governor McCrory reconstituted the Energy Policy Council in 2014 to support an all-of-the-above energy strategy that promotes clean, reliable, and affordable energy resources for North Carolina homes and businesses. The council advises the governor and General Assembly about legislation and rulemaking that protect the environment, advance domestic energy exploration, and encourage economic development. Its responsibilities include developing a comprehensive energy policy that addresses present and future needs while moving North Carolina and the country toward energy independence. This report was issued in March 2016.
This plan is operational with implementation and on-going planning efforts through the Department of Commerce’s Office of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (OREE). Its overall purpose is to position North Dakota as a model for America in the development of innovative, long-term energy resources and to capitalize on its diverse set of energy resources. This plan also aims to double energy production from all sources by 2025; derive at least 25% of energy produced from RE by 2025; export capacity to 4,000 MW; produce 135 million gallons of biodiesel by 2015; increase natural gas processed in-state by 64% (75 billion cubic feet per year by 2012); and produce 175,000 barrels of oil a day.
An update to this plan was released in 2016: Empower North Dakota, 2016 Energy Policy Updates and Recommendations
2007 Session Laws Chapter 204 §6
There is no current state energy plan for North Dakota.
Governor Kasich worked with his cabinet and staff to develop new strategies that improve the management of Ohio’s government agencies and health systems, improve Ohio’s education and workforce development efforts, and improve Ohioans’ access to low-cost, reliable energy.
This plan is operational with additional planning efforts through the state energy office. It was developed due to the continued rise in imports of foreign oil and plans to improve, rather than replace, traditional energy. It also positions the state as a model for pragmatic energy policy, by fostering economic development, transitioning transportation fuels, optimizing the existing energy system, and positioning Oklahoma for the future.
This plan is a central component of Oregon’s strategy to be more competitive in the global economy of the 21st century. This plan provides strategies to meld workforce development initiatives, higher education opportunities, and local job creation with clean energy priorities; spur investment while developing home - grown renewable energy resources; and keep capital circulating in our region through local sourcing and supply chains while reducing our dependence on foreign oil. Appendices to the plan include state and regional clean energy, economic, and climate plans and reports. Specific to the State Energy Office is the 2015-2017 State of Oregon Biennial Energy Plan.
Or. Rev. Stat. Section 469.060
This energy plan articulates Pennsylvania’s energy policy for 2014 and beyond. The policy ensures the framework is in place to continue to have an abundant, reliable supply of energy through all types of resources for all Pennsylvanians – both residents and businesses alike. Safe and reliable energy, water, sewer and transportation infrastructure - combined with a superior workforce and many scenic and vibrant communities - come together to make Pennsylvania an attractive location for business investment and an unparalleled place to live. The commitment to ensure our energy infrastructure is modernized and the unprecedented opportunity made possible by shale gas development - coupled with the increasing volatility associated with foreign energy markets - provide a newfound driving force to craft an energy plan for Pennsylvania.
This plan meets the Commonwealth’s overarching goals of fiscal responsibility, helping to provide jobs for every Pennsylvanian and continuing to develop the workforce to fill those jobs.
This program is authorized by the Pennsylvania Energy Development Authority and Emergency Powers Act, Act of Dec. 14, 1982, P.L. 1213, No. 280, as amended, 71 P.S. § 720.1 et seq.; the Act of July 13, 2005, P.L. 213, No. 45, amending the Environmental Stewardship and Watershed Protection Act, 27 Pa. C.S. §§ 6101 et seq.; the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, Pub.L. No. 11-5 (2009) and through the settlement, approved by Order of Dec. 1, 2007, in Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission, et al. v. Duquesne Light Company (Docket Nos. R-00061346, R 00061346C0001, R-00061346C0002, R-00061346C0005 and R-00061346C0007).
Energy 2035 updates the State Guide Plan Element 781 adopted in 2002. It is intended to guide the activities of the Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources and the Division of Planning. The Plan describes the existing state of Rhode Island’s energy system and sets goals and policies to improve energy security, cost-effectiveness, and sustainability in all sectors of energy production and consumption. It is intended to advance the effectiveness of public and private stewardship of the State’s use of energy resources and identifies activities needed to keep the energy systems on which the state depends functioning optimally. As an element of the State Guide Plan, this Plan sets forth goals and policies that must, under state law, be reflected in future updates of comprehensive community plans.
The South Carolina State Energy Plan (State Energy Plan) is a comprehensive blueprint for a reliable, resilient, clean and affordable energy system for South Carolina residents and businesses. Specifically, the State Energy Plan is designed to maximize (to the extent practical) reliability, environmental quality, energy conservation, and energy efficiency while minimizing the cost of energy throughout the state.
South Carolina’s State Energy Plan provides baseline information on South Carolina’s current energy system, a set of five- and ten-year outlooks, and policy recommendations for actions to ensure a stable, equitable energy future. The plan represents work by more than 130 professionals representing over 60 organizations for close to two years, and offers a vision for South Carolina’s energy future. The State Energy Plan’s top tier policy recommendations pertain to:
The comprehensive plan, executive summary, and additional resources can be found at: http://www.energy.sc.gov/energyplan.
This plan is operational and was created due to a robust economic environment and population growth, which increased energy needs throughout the state. This Energy Plan proposes a road map to guide Texas toward a future with a reliable energy supply that is balanced and competitively priced. In all, this plan provides 37 recommendations.
There is no current state energy plan for Texas.
This plan is operational with implementation and additional planning efforts through the Office of Energy Development. It seek to excel in job creation, innovation, entrepreneurship, global business, and quality workforce and have a stable and sustainable business-friendly environment to ensure that Utah is at the forefront of solving the world’s energy challenges. Some of the goals of this plan include access to low-cost energy, technology innovation, effective regulations, demand reductions, and multi-state collaborations among others.
Utah Code Ann. §63M-4-301
This plan is operational with implementation and on-going planning through the Vermont Department of Public Service (DPS). It was developed due to Vermont continuing to be heavily reliant upon heating oil. The goal is underpinned by a strategy to virtually eliminate Vermont’s reliance upon oil by mid-century by moving toward enhanced efficiency measures, greater use of clean, renewable sources for electricity, heating, and transportation, and electric vehicle adoption, while increasing our use of natural gas and biofuel blends where nonrenewable fuels remain necessary. The moves must be deliberate and measured to ensure overall energy costs for our businesses and residents remain regionally competitive. Some of the goals of this plan are to obtain 90% of total energy from renewable sources by 2050, improve the energy performance of 80,000 homes by 2020, have 60% of new homes ENERGY STAR rated by 2020, triple the number of spaces in the state park-and-ride program to 3,426 by 2030, and reduce single-occupancy vehicle (SOV) commute trips by 20% in 20 years.
Vermont Energy Act of 2011
This plan is operational with implementation and additional planning through DMME and was developed due to an increase in electric rates, and to create more affordable and reliable energy. Its purpose is to grow the state’s economy, as well as in-state production of energy, with resulting jobs and investments by 20% over the next 10 years.
Chapters 1 and 2 of Title 67 of the Code of Virginia
The 2012 Washington State Energy Strategy reflects the states commitment to remain a leader in energy efficiency, sustainability and innovation and to build a clean energy economy. This strategy explores areas such as information technology and material sciences, advancing competitive advantage in electric vehicles, bioenergy and smart grid systems. The importance of well-informed consumer choice is another common theme within this energy strategy.
Chapter 271 (2010), Section 401
This operational plan, updated every five years, contains several sections. Included are three reports, developed by West Virginia University and Marshall University, with energy market analyses that helped to guide in the development of the energy initiatives. The plan also includes a section of public comments from the public, reflecting general concerns and recommendations of individuals and organizations that are involved in energy issues in the state.
Chapter 5B, Article 2F
"Leading the Charge" is intended to be continually updated and establishes a framework to address issues in a forward looking way with the capability of adjusting to changing circumstances. Each of the strategy's 47 initiatives are action items to be instigated this year. State agencies will carry out the initiatives and will make progress reports available to the public throughout 2013.
"Leading the Charge" is divided into four main themes:
Each theme contains initiatives and each initiative requires concrete actions and results
More than $925 million available in 30 states and territories.
Investment of more than $870 million in 35 states and territories
Description of program here
State Energy Plan Description
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