Energy and the Environment

As national environmental policy shifts under a new administration, states are seizing the opportunity to develop sustainable and innovative energy policies. Lawmakers have identified the opportunity to create green jobs and spur private investment while ensuring that the energy needs of the next generation will be met. Young legislators have been at the forefront of adapting government programs and investments to support emerging energy enterprises. As states begin to make their own commitments to reducing emissions and investing in renewable energy, Future Caucus members have recognized the value of investing in alternative energy sources and demonstrated the potential for bipartisan action in this policy area.

September 2016: In California, former Future Caucus co-chairs Asm. Evan Low (D) and Asm. Ling Ling Chang (R) supported AB 1637. This bill aimed to double available funds for the Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP), which provides rebates for small-scale distributed alternative energy resources and storage. 

 

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June 2016: Hawaii Future Caucus co-chairs Rep. Beth Fukumoto (R) and Rep. Takashi Ohno (D) co-sponsored HB 2231. This bill allowed publicly owned energy cooperatives to receive special revenue bonds, which are intended to finance capital investments that serve the public interest.   

 

June 2015: Texas Rep. Chris Paddie (D), a former Future Caucus co-chair, worked with Reps. Anchia (D), Villalba (R), and Eltife (R) to pass HB 1184. This bill, signed in June of 2015, made certain alternative fuel and utility cost savings programs eligible for local government energy savings performance contracts. These contracts enable local entities to finance energy-saving projects with no up-front investment and instead pay for the improvements with annual utility savings generated by the project.

 

May 2015: Colorado Future Caucus co-chair Rep. Dan Pabon (D) teamed up with Rep. Larry Crowder (R) to sponsor HB 15-1332, which established a new state income tax credit. This credit rewards taxpayers who purchase and install equipment for generating hydroelectricity, wind power, or biomass fuel with up to 30% of their total cost or $50,000.


This is a sampling of legislation advanced by State Future Caucus members and other young legislators around the country. To inquire about legislation in other policy areas, or to suggest your own legislation for MAP to feature, please contact policy@millennialaction.org.

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