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Re: Best Practices: Harnessing Innovations in Energy and Environmental Policy

Date: December 2013

Modern society is an energy society. Every day, Americans are impacted directly by energywhether
its the electricity that powers our homes and businesses, the fuel that powers our vehicles, or the
development of new energy technologies that will create the jobs of the future. Republican governors
share a common vision for the development of a vibrant economic climate fueled in part by a more
energy, more jobs philosophy.

Republican governors also understand that developing our energy resources, pursuing economic growth,
and advancing environmental protection are not mutually exclusive. Each state has an array of unique
geographical, topographical, and demographic attributes that are not suitable for a one-size-fits-all
environmental policy. Instead, governors offer numerous approaches of ensuring access to clean air, clean
water and public lands.

In August 2012, the RGPPC released an Energy Blueprint for America that details the Republican
governors vision for a vibrant energy economy and sensible environmental regulation. For more
information about Republican governors vision for energy and environmental policy, read the plan at:

Featured states in this briefing include:

o ALABAMA Governor Robert Bentley, Cutting Energy Costs, Gulf State Park
Legislation, Assessment of Oil Sands Resources
o ALASKA Governor Sean Parnell, The Alaska Oil Comeback
o ARIZONA Governor Jan Brewer, Arizona Natural Resources Review Council
o IDAHO Governor Butch Otter, Environmental Successes
o IOWA Governor Terry Branstad, Clean Water Iowa, Fueling our Future
o FLORIDA Governor Rick Scott, Everglades Restoration, Investment for Springs
o MISSISSIPPI Governor Phil Bryant, Energy Works: Mississippis Energy Roadmap
o NORTH CAROLINA Governor Pat McCrory, Wind energy, Domestic Energy Jobs
o NORTH DAKOTA Governor Jack Dalrymple, Flaring Statutes
o OHIO Governor John Kasich, Horizontal Fracturing Legislation
o VIRGINIA Governor Bob McDonnell, Water Quality Initiative, Wind Energy
o SOUTH DAKOTA Governor Dennis Daugaard, Good Earth State Park
o TEXAS Governor Rick Perry, Landmark Water Legislation
o UTAH Governor Gary Herbert, Public Lands Initiative, Facilitating Transition to
Natural Gas Vehicles, 10-Year Energy Vision, Outdoor Recreation Vision, 50-Year
Water Strategy
o IDAHO Governor Butch Otter, Sage-Grouse Task Force
o IOWA Governor Terry Branstad, Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy
o KANSAS Governor Sam Brownback, 50 Year Vision for Kansas Water
o NORTH DAKOTA Governor Jack Dalrymple, Empower ND Update
o OHIO Governor John Kasich, Ohios Energy Policy, Natural Gas Vehicle Summit
o OKLAHOMA Governor Mary Fallin, State Use of Natural Gas Vehicles
o PENNSYLVANIA Governor Tom Corbett, Marcellus Shale Law
o SOUTH DAKOTA Governor Dennis Daugaard, Pine Beetle Initiative
o TENNESSEE Governor Bill Haslam, Air Quality Initiatives
o VIRGINIA Governor Bob McDonnell, Energy Legislation, Conversion of State
Fleets to Alternative Fuels, Preservation of Historic Battlefields
o WYOMING Governor Matt Mead, Wyoming Rules for Hydraulic Fracturing,
Wyoming Energy Strategy
o ALASKA Governor Sean Parnell, Proposal of Alaska North Slope Production Act
o INDIANA Governor Mitch Daniels, Electrification Technologies, Conservation
o IDAHO Governor Butch Otter, Center for Advanced Energy Studies
o IOWA Governor Terry Branstad, Tax Incentives for Renewable Fuels Industry,
Executive Oder rescinding emission rule
o MISSISSIPPI Governor Haley Barbour, Kemper County Coal Plant, Clean Energy
Manufacturing Incentives
o NEW JERSEY Governor Chris Christie, New Jersey Energy Master Plan
o PENNSYLVANIA Governor Tom Corbett, Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission
o SOUTH DAKOTA Governor Dennis Daugaard, Legislation to Boost Ethanol
Industry, Black Hills Forest Initiative
o TEXAS Governor Rick Perry, Clean Transportation Triangle
o UTAH Governor Gary Herbert, 10-Year Strategic Energy Plan
o VIRGINIA Governor Bob McDonnell, Energy Legislation


Alabama, Governor Robert Bentley
Press Release: State Agencies Cut Energy Costs by $3.9 Million in 2012 (7/18/13)
As a result of Gov. Robert Bentleys Executive Order 25 (EO 25) the State of Alabama reduced its energy
costs by almost $3.9 million in FY 2012. EO 25, signed in November 2011, directed state agencies to
decrease energy consumption by 30% from 2005 levels by 2015. Under EO 25, each state agency
designated an energy officer to study and recommend energy saving procedures and practices in the
agency. EO 25 also specified that the latest energy conservation practices be used in the design,
construction, renovation, operation and maintenance of state facilities and that ENERGY STAR labeled
equipment be used when replacing or purchasing new equipment. The savings realized through EO 25
advance Gov. Bentleys larger effort to save taxpayers $1 billion annually by reducing costs and
increasing government efficiency.

Press Release: Governor Bentley Signs Gulf State Park Legislation, Discusses Restoration Projects
Gov. Robert Bentley championed and signed Senate Bill 231, which will lead to improvements at Gulf
State Park, including a lodge and meeting facility that will help attract more visitors and provide various
state associations with another facility in which to hold conferences. Revenues will support all state parks'
operations. Improvements to Gulf State Park are part of a series of proposed Gulf Coast restoration
projects. Funding for the projects will come from the Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA)
Early Restoration process. The projects were negotiated with BP and Alabamas federal and state
partners as part of the ongoing recovery from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill. The
projects were approved by the NRDA Trustee Council and BP.

Press Release: Alabama, Mississippi Governors Call for Assessment of Oil Sands Resources (7/27/13)
Gov. Robert Bentley and Gov. Phil Bryant announced that Alabama and Mississippi have formed a
partnership to further study the oil sands resources in the two states and explore the potential for the
development of safe, reliable energy. The governors signed a memorandum of understanding
commissioning an assessment of oil sands, which is a sandy mixture found below the surface containing
bitumen that can be transformed into refinery-ready crude oil. The assessment is to be conducted as a
joint effort between AL and MS state agencies and the Southern States Energy Board.

Alaska, Governor Sean Parnell
Op-ed: Governor Sean Parnell: The Alaska oil comeback (05/23/13)

SB 21: Oil and Gas Production Act (05/21/13)
Senate Bill 21, the More Alaska Production Act, increases the annual production tax on oil and
gas from 25% to 35%. Additionally, it authorizes a producer or explorer to receive a tax credit
for qualified capital expenditures incurred during the exploration, development or production of
oil or gas located north of 68 degrees North latitude for expenditures incurred before January 1,
2014. A tax credit of $5 per barrel of oil produced is established and an Oil and Gas
Competitiveness Review Board is created to review the competitive position of Alaska in the Oil
and Gas sector.

HB 129: Oil & Gas Exploration/Development Areas and SB 27: Regulation of Dredge and Fill Activities
House Bill 129 streamlines Alaskas permitting process. Senate Bill 27 catalyzes a process that
would allow Alaska to assume primacy over and manage federal wetlands permitting.

Arizona, Governor Jan Brewer
Executive Order: Establishment of the Arizona Natural Resources Review Council (01/14/13)
Governor Jan Brewer signed an executive order establishing the Arizona Natural Resources Review
Council. The Councils mission includes developing land and resource management strategies for
Arizona and coordinating with state natural resource agencies and their existing management plans.

Idaho, Governor Butch Otter
Press Release: Governor Cites Environmental Successes from 2013 Legislative Session
During the 2013 Legislative Session, Idaho adopted a new State Water Plan, updated for the first time
since 1996. This plan reflects use of the latest technology for better evaluating Idahos needs and the
status of Idahos water supplies as well as establishing strategies and milestones for implementing
management policies and evaluating their effectiveness.

Iowa, Governor Terry Branstad
Press Release: CLEANWATERIOWA.ORG: New site launched to help Iowans protect water quality
Governor Terry Branstad, Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey, and
Iowa Department of Natural Resources Director Chuck Gipp announced the launch of, a new website that will serve as a resource to help Iowans protect and
improve water quality. The site has Farm, Residential & Urban, and City & Industry sections that
provide information about science-based practices that can be implemented to improve water quality. The
site includes descriptions of water quality practices that can be utilized, benefits of the practices, and links
to additional information.

Press Release: Fueling our Future: New biofuels program will expand E-30 and biodiesel availability,
usage throughout Iowa (10/14/13)
Gov. Terry E. Branstad, Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds, agriculture Sec. Bill Northey and DOT Director Paul
Trombino announced a new biofuels pilot program called Fueling Our Future, a public-private
partnership that aims to assist in expanding the market for mid-level biofuels blends, building on Iowas
history as a leader in ethanol and biodiesel development and production. Through the use of current
funding, this initiative will redirect federal funds to further leverage state dollars in the existing renewable
fuel infrastructure program, establishing more blender pumps containing E-30 and biodiesel at gas
retailers around the state. The Fueling Our Future program will be supported by the Department of
Agriculture and Land Stewardship, the Department of Transportation, Iowa State University and the Iowa
Renewable Fuels Infrastructure Board. More information on the program can be found at:

Florida, Governor Rick Scott
Press Release: Governor Scott Celebrates $880 Million Plan for Everglades Restoration, Cleaner Water
in Florida (05/28/13)
The bill, HB 7065, passed unanimously in both the House and Senate and assures financing of Governor
Rick Scotts $880 million plan to improve water quality and flow to the Everglades. Although the
legislation includes $32 million annually, that amount still must be approved every year by lawmakers.
Governor Scotts plan includes 6,500 acres of additional man-made wetlands which clean water
discharged into the Everglades, massive shallow basins that will regulate flow into those wetlands and
pumps and other structures needed to control water supply.

The first major construction project of Governor Rick Scotts Everglades Water Quality Restoration Plan
is the construction, operation, and maintenance of the A-1 Flow Equalization Basin. This project will
reduce the impact of peak stormwater flows through temporary storage and will work with existing
stormwater treatment areas to maximize efficiency.

Press Release: Governor Scott Announces Nearly $37 Million Investment For Springs Projects
Governor Rick Scott announced ten critical water quality and water quantity springs improvement
projects the Florida Department of Environmental Protection has selected, leveraging $10 million from
the Florida Families First Budget into a nearly $37 million investment incorporating matching funds by
water management districts and local governments that will carry out the projects.

Springs to benefit from this money include Silver, Wekiwa, Rock, Ichetucknee, Rainbow, Homosassa,
Weeki Wachee, Jackson Blue, Williford, and springs along the Chassahowitzka and Suwannee Rivers and
Kings Bay. Almost all of these springs are affected by excessive levels of nitrates, reduced flows, or both,
which is why these investments are being made now.

Under Governor Scotts oversight, Floridas water management districts have picked up the pace in
establishing minimum flows and levels for Floridas springs. These are designed to protect and restore
spring flows and the natural systems they support. The districts have set minimum flows and levels for 22
springs to date and expect to set them for 49 more springs over the next two years, which will more than
double the cumulative efforts of the last decade.

Mississippi, Governor Phil Bryant
Press Release: Governor Phil Bryant Signs Landmark Pieces of Energy-Related Economic Legislation
into Law (05/02/13)
As part of his Energy Works: Mississippis Energy Roadmap plan, Governor Phil Bryant recently signed
into law legislation intended to position Mississippi as a leading destination for energy-related economic
SB 2564 Energy Infrastructure Revolving Loan Fund (04/24/13)
SB 2564 gives Mississippi communities the ability to help finance energy infrastructure (for
instance, gas lines and transmission lines) for companies that invest more than $50 million in an
economic development project. This law provides the State a new low-interest financing tool to
help companies locate or expand in Mississippi.
HB 826 Rebate on Research and Development Costs (04/23/13)
HB 826 defrays the research and development costs of companies that operate in Mississippi and
partner with a state institution of higher learning. Under this new law, a corporation that
collaborates with a state university for research and development purposes, including energy-
related research, is eligible for a 25 percent rebate of the total research costs. This law will assist
companies looking to tap into the wealth of energy expertise and resources available in
Mississippis research institutions.
HB 841 Sales Tax Reduction on Electricity for Enhanced Oil Recovery (03/07/13)
HB 841 Sales Tax Reduction on Electricity for Enhanced Oil Recovery decreases the sales tax
paid on electricity to 1.5 percent for oil and gas produced in the state using carbon dioxide as a
method of enhanced oil recovery (EOR).
HB 844 Sales Tax Exemption on Energy for Manufacturing (04/10/13)
HB 844 exempts sales tax on energy used in manufacturing. While Mississippi boasts energy
costs around 20 percent below the national average, HB 844 further cuts the costs of one of the
key drivers companies consider when choosing a location for new investment. Manufacturing
comprises a large portion of Mississippis economy, and advanced manufacturing and onshoring
are key target sectors for the state.
HB 1698 Severance Tax Reduction for Horizontally Drilled Wells (04/23/13)
HB 1698 reduces, for 24 months, the severance tax for oil and gas produced from horizontally
drilled wells from and after July 1, 2013.
HB 1685 Alternative Fuel Revolving Loan Fund (04/23/13)
HB 1685 creates the Mississippi Alternative Fuel and School Bus and Motor Vehicle Revolving
Loan fund. The fund will be established as a special fund in the state treasury and the Mississippi
Development Authority will use money in the fund for the purpose of establishing a revolving
loan program to assist public school districts and municipalities in paying the costs incurred for
the purchase of alternative fuel school buses and motor vehicles.
Major Energy Efficiency Legislation
HB 1281 Energy Efficiency Standards for Commercial Buildings (04/23/13)
HB 1281 increases the energy code standard for commercial buildings to meet the American
Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) 90.1-2010
standard. Mississippi is the first state in the Southeast, and the third state in the U.S., to adopt the
ASHRAE 90.1-2010 code standard for commercial buildings.
HB 1266 Enhanced Building Codes for State Owned Buildings (04/23/13)
HB 1266 requires all major facility projects overseen by the Department of Finance and
Administration for State-owned buildings to be constructed to the ASHRAE 90.1-2010 standard.
HB 1296 Energy Sustainability and Development Act (04/23/13)
HB 1296 restructures and provides direction for the states energy office, the Mississippi
Development Authoritys Energy and Natural Resources Division (MDA ENR) and provides the
office with the tools to promote the states energy resources and encourage greater energy
efficiency within state agencies.

North Carolina, Governor Pat McCrory
Press Release: Governor Pat McCrory signs wind energy bill into law in support of all-of-the-above
energy plan (05/17/13)
Governor Pat McCrory signed into law legislation (HB 484) that creates a framework for the
establishment of wind energy facilities in North Carolina. The Permitting of Wind Energy Facilities
law states that the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources must issue a permit before a
wind energy operation can begin in North Carolina. The legislation provides a framework for the
Department of Environment and Natural Resources to assist wind developers in identifying suitable
locations for wind energy facilities in North Carolina and the steps that follow in the permitting process.

Press Release: Governor McCrory Takes Action on Legislation (7/29/13)
Governor McCrory signed Senate Bill 76, the Domestic Energy Jobs Act, into law. This legislation
directs the Mining and Energy Commission to explore next steps to allow North Carolinians to conduct
greater energy exploration. This legislation also establishes an Offshore Energy Fund of up to $250
million for emergency management, and dedicates future offshore energy revenues to education,
infrastructure, conservation and economic development.

North Dakota, Governor Jack Dalrymple
SEU: North Dakota Governor Signs Bill Amending Flaring Statues (04/25/13)
On April 25, 2013 Governor Dalrymple signed House Bill 1134, which amends North Dakotas flaring
and oil and gas production tax statutes to promote reduction of natural gas flaring at the states oil and gas
well. The legislation maintains a one-year grace period after which a well operator must cap either: 1)
cap the well, 2_ connect the well to a gas gathering line or 3) equip the well site with an electric generator
consuming 75% of the gas from the well. All of these provisions are subject to an economic
infeasibility exception.

Ohio, Governor John Kasich
Bill: SB 315 (06/11/13)
Ohio passed a law with key provisions related to horizontal fracturing. It updated the reporting
requirements for chemicals and fluids used to drill a well, and also required companies to share propriety
information with doctors who are treating those injured as a result of well construction and production
operations. It established fines for those who violate safety and environmental regulations as well as
testing the water near drill sites.

Virginia, Governor Bob McDonnell
Press Release: Governor Announces New Water Quality Initiative (12/05/12)
The new Virginia Enhanced Conservation Initiative (VECI), managed by the Department of Conservation
and Recreation (DCR), will boost existing state agricultural cost-sharing programs that provide farmers
financial and technical assistance to implement stream exclusion and pastureland conservation practices.

Press Release: Governor McDonnell Announces Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy
Cleared for Wind Energy Research Lease (03/14/13)
The federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is on track to issue a wind energy research
lease to the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (DMME). If issued it will be the first
time that a state agency has received a research lease for the Outer Continental Shelf. The data obtained
through the research lease will be available to the public and help companies determine the viability of
future renewable energy production in the affected area. The information learned from lease activities will
advance and accelerate the development of national offshore wind resources for Virginia and all Atlantic
coastal states.

South Dakota, Governor Dennis Daugaard
Press Release: Governor Designates New State Park Near Sioux Falls (04/21/13)
Governor Daugaard proposed and signed legislation to create Good Earth State Park at the Blood Run
National Historic Site. Senate Bill 186 preserved 615 acres for future generations. Good Earth State Park
is the first new state park in South Dakota in over 40 years, and its creation is part of a cooperative effort
with the State of Iowa, which owns land adjoining the park.

Texas, Governor Rick Perry
Press Release: Signs Landmark Water Legislation (5/28/13)
Gov. Rick Perry signed House Bill 4, which lays the foundation for meeting Texas' water future water
needs. HB 4 provides for active, full-time governance at the Texas Water Development Board; creates a
new funding mechanism to support water-supply project implementation over the next 50 years; and
directs local, regional and state officials to prioritize projects to ensure efficient use of available

Utah, Governor Gary Herbert
The Salt Lake Tribune: Bishop Seeks Grand Bargain on Public Lands (4/15/2013)
Governor Herbert and his staff are coordinating closely with Representative Rob Bishops office to
engage as many stakeholders in the local, state, federal, and non-profit spheres to ensure that there is buy-
in for any land exchange deal contemplated as part of the Public Lands Initiative. The Initiative will
include exchanges of land to the State of Utah both for development, and for a variety of conservation-
based management approaches.

The Deseret News: Senate Approves Bill Facilitating Transition to Natural Gas Vehicles (3/11/2013)
Among Governor Herberts priority bills in Utahs 2013 General Session was S.B. 275 (Energy
Amendments), a bill focused on advancing the states clean air goals through the further adoption of
alternative transportation fuels and the associated infrastructure. The bill provided for the creation of an
Alternative Energy Interlocal Entity to seek intra-municipal solutions to transitioning fleets to natural gas
or other alternative fuels. The bill also includes a provision that would allow for rate recovery through
natural gas utility rates for up to $5 million per year for use in natural gas vehicle-related infrastructure.

The Deseret News: Western Governors Unveil 10-Year Energy Vision (6/28/2013)
As the Chair of the Western Governors Association (WGA) for fiscal year 2013, Governor Herberts
chief priority for the organization was the drafting of a 10-Year Energy Vision for the western states. The
effort produced three documents: The 10-Year Energy Vision, which was the primary policy statement
reflecting the Governors consensus; The State of Energy in the West, which served to document and
explore the Wests diverse energy resources; and Energy Perspectives, in which each Governor
contributed an essay focusing on their particular energy priority.

Deseret News: Gov. Gary Herbert unveils Outdoor Recreation Vision (1/23/2013)
Governor Herbert convened a broad stakeholder process to develop a state Outdoor Recreation Vision to
take advantage of Utahs remarkable outdoor resources. The vision focuses on four areas: 1) expanding
Utahs outdoor recreation industries; 2) improving coordination among outdoor recreation interests; 3)
promoting policies to preserve and enhance Utahs iconic recreational areas; and 4) supporting Utahs
tourism outreach. A key product of the vision was the creation of the nations first Office of Outdoor
Recreation in state government. This office works with relevant state agencies and recreational interests
to advance state recreational goals.

Deseret News: Herbert convenes summit to map 50-year water strategy for Utah (10/30/2013)
Recognizing the long-term challenge of providing water for a growing population in an arid state,
Governor Herbert directed the state to create a 50-Year Water Strategy. The strategy considers key
issues: conservation; how to fund key infrastructure; the future of water for agriculture; water for
recreation and the environment; whether Utahs water law adequately addresses current and future needs;
resolving conflicts over water; and more. As a foundation for the effort, the state gathered public ideas
through eight listening sessions and online comments. At a Water Summit in 2013, Governor Herbert
established the Water Strategy Advisory Team to oversee a public process to gather and evaluate a range
of strategies and prepare recommendations.


Idaho, Governor Butch Otter
Press Release: Governor creates Sage-Grouse Task Force (3/9/12)
Governor C.L. Butch Otter signed Executive Order No. 2012-02, creating the Sage-Grouse Task Force.
The Task Force spent three months identifying the opportunities and challenges associated with
management and conservation of sage-grouse in Idaho. The Task Forces primary focus was providing
recommendations to the Governor on policies and actions using the States existing plan as a starting
point for a statewide regulatory mechanism to help conserve the species and its habitat while
maintaining predictable and multiple uses of private, State and public lands.

Iowa, Governor Terry Branstad
Press Release: Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy released for public comment (11/19/12)
The Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy is a science and technology based approach to assess and reduce
the amount of nutrients delivered to Iowa waterways and the Gulf of Mexico. The strategy leverages the
expertise of Iowa State University and outlines voluntary efforts to reduce nutrients in surface water from
point sources (such as wastewater treatment plants and industrial facilities) and nonpoint sources (such as
farm fields and urban areas) in a scientific, reasonable, and cost-effective manner. The Iowa strategy was
developed in response to the 2008 Gulf Hypoxia Action Plan that called for 12 states along the
Mississippi River to develop strategies to reduce nutrient loading to the Gulf of Mexico. The Iowa
strategy follows the recommended framework provided by the EPA in 2011 and Iowa is the second state
to complete a statewide nutrient reduction plan.

Kansas, Governor Sam Brownback
Kansas Water Office: 50 Year Vision for Kansas Water
Governor Brownback signed into law several pieces of legislation in 2012 to safeguard the states water
resources for future generations. These measures were designed to conserve Kansass water supply and
extend the life of the Ogallala Aquifer. Governor Brownback made significant changes to water policy to
repeal the states use-it-or-lose-it doctrine of water law to move Kansas from a development policy
with their water to a conservation ethic.

Water policy legislation in the 2012 session includes:
House Bill 2451 (04/05/12): eliminates the state's "use it or lose it" water policy in areas closed to
new water right appropriations and gives landowners incentive to conserve water because they
won't feel that they must use their maximum amount of water when they don't need to just so they
don't lose water rights.
Senate Bill 272 (04/15/12): amends multi-year flex accounts to expand irrigators' capabilities and
options so they can manage their crop water over a 5-year period without increasing long-term
water use under their water right.
House Bill 2516 (07/01/12): amends the state's water banking program. The changes provide for
more permanence in water banks and allow additional water banks to be developed where local
producers find it to be a tool that will help them in conserving water and protecting the economy.
A water bank allows the short term lease (up to 10 years) of water rights at a price set by the
seller and agreed to by the buyer.
House Bill 2517 (04/12/12): extends the sunset to make the Water Transition Assistance Program
(WTAP) by 10 years to the year 2022 and makes other improvements to the program. The
purpose of this voluntary, incentive-based water right retirement program is to provide a
structured mechanism for the permanent dismissal of irrigation water rights and the reduction of
consumptive groundwater use in focused, over-appropriated areas.
Senate Bill 310 (04/30/12): establishes a process through groundwater management districts
(GMDs) that allows local communities of producers to collectively decide their future by
initiating the implementation of conservation plans that meet their local goals.
Senate Bill 148 (04/12/12): makes clear the authority of a water right owner to divide that water
right into two or more distinct water rights without losing priority.

North Dakota, Governor Jack Dalrymple
Empower North Dakota: Empower Policy Updates and Recommendations (07/26/12)
Empower ND was created by 2007 legislation which authorized the North Dakota Department of
Commerce to convene an energy policy commission for the purpose of developing a comprehensive state
energy plan which encouraged development of a multi-resources energy policy, including renewable and
traditional sources, with policy goals and incentives in each energy sector. In July of 2012, Empower
ND issued a new document outlining future development of energy resources in North Dakota. This
document detailed the success North Dakota has made in developing a variety of energy resources, while
outlining areas that the state needed to address to ensure continued success. This document provided a
number of recommendations on ways to support continued success during a time of rapid growth in the
state, including:
1. Continued high level of Infrastructure Funding to support the current high level of growth in
North Dakota.
2. Research and Development investment
3. Workforce Development
4. Positive Regulatory Environment

The state will look to implement many of these recommendations during the 2013 North Dakota
Legislative Session in order to further development of a variety of energy resources in the coming years.

Ohio, Governor John Kasich
Press Release: SB 315: Ohios Energy Policy (2012)
In May 2012, the Ohio General Assembly adopted Ohios 21st Century Energy Policy, Senate Bill 315:

Included in Ohios 21
Century Energy Policy are 10 policy pillars:
Pillar 1 Shale: Modernizing Regulations While Promoting Job Growth
Pillar 2 Generation: The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio will update the Advanced
portion of Ohios Alternative Energy Portfolio Standard to include appropriate upgrades to coal-
fired generation facilities and for conversion to natural gas.
Pillar 3Electricity Transmission and Distribution: Meeting Needs of Industry and Consumers -
A major factor in job creation is getting energy where it needs to be so that the job creators that
need it can operate efficiently and at a low cost.
Pillar 4Cogeneration / Waste Heat Recovery: Capturing Waste Heat to Make Green Energy -
Turning otherwise wasted byproducts into usable energy makes sense if its cost effective.
Pillar 5 Workforce Training: Aligning Industry Needs with Worker Training
Pillar 6CNG/Alternative Fuels: Promoting the Use of Natural Gas
Pillar 7Energy Efficiency: Promoting Efficiency to Save Resources
Pillar 8Coal: New Opportunities for a Critical Resource
Pillar 9Regulatory Reform: Streamline and Expedite Environmental Permits
Pillar 10 Renewables: Promoting Renewables for a Balanced Energy Portfolio

Ohio Capital Blog: Kasich at Natural Gas Vehicle Summit (10/10/12)
The 2012 Americas Natural Gas Alliance was held in conjunction with the State of Ohio a Natural Gas
Vehicle Summit. The Summit was held to discuss strategies for increasing low-emission natural gas as a
vehicle fuel and to encourage the manufacture of natural gas vehicles (NGV). The NGV Summit
occurred in the wake of Ohio Governor John Kasichs successful 2011 energy summit that encouraged
the examination and adoption of alternatives fuels by:
Signing an agreement with other states to develop regional Compressed Natural Gas (CNG)
refueling infrastructure and promote the usage of CNG vehicles in Ohio (signed on 2/29/2012),
Assessing converting all or part of the state fleet to CNG,
Developing flexible revolving loan fund for alternative fuels (CNG, biodiesel and ethanol),
Hosting a regional CNG conference with states and providers to jump start Ohios transition to
using more CNG in state and private settings.

Oklahoma, Governor Mary Fallin
Press Release: Governor Fallin Signs Agreement with Colorado, Other States, Seeking Increased Use of
Natural Gas Vehicles in State Fleets (11/09/11)
In November 2011, Governor Fallin unveiled an innovative and unprecedented multistate, bipartisan
initiative (MOU) to begin the process of jump-starting both the development of Natural Gas Vehicles and
the improvement of Compressed Natural Gas infrastructure.

The MOU describes a coordinated effort between the States to attract automobile manufacturers in the
U.S. to develop a functional and affordable original equipment manufacturer (OEM) fleet natural gas
vehicle (NGV) that will also meet public demand. Through the joint solicitation of a Multi-State Request
for Proposal (Joint-RFP) that aggregates annual State fleet vehicle procurements, the States will endeavor
to provide a demand base sufficient to support the design, manufacture, and sale of functional and
affordable OEM NGVs by automotive manufacturers in the United States.

Press: Oklahoma, 20 other states seek bids for CNG vehicles (07/24/12)

Pennsylvania, Governor Tom Corbett
Press Release: Governor Corbett Signs Historic Marcellus Shale Law (02/13/12)
On February 14, 2012, Governor Corbett signed the Marcellus Shale, House Bill 1950, bill into law. The
bill enhances protection of the states natural resources through stronger environmental standards,
authorizes counties to adopt an impact fee, and builds upon efforts to help move Pennsylvania toward
energy independence. This law focuses on enhancing drilling standards, protecting natural resources,
protecting health and safety, mitigating community impacts, and promoting energy security and the
fairness and equality of job-creators.

The historic measure is the first comprehensive re-write of the states Oil and Gas Act since 1984. It
contains much of what Corbett outlined in his Marcellus Shale proposal last October. His plan followed
the work of the Governors Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission. HB 1950 contains 24 of the
legislative recommendations offered by the advisory commission.
Press: Corbett signs shale well impact fee into law

South Dakota, Governor Dennis Daugaard
Press Release: Governors Pine Beetle Initiative Treats 215,000 Infested Trees in First Year (07/23/12)
In July 2012, Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced that more than 215,000 trees infested with mountain pine
beetles have been treated since control operations in fall 2011 in Black Hills. The South Dakota
departments of Agriculture and Game Fish and Parks, as well as several conservation districts in the
Black Hills, entered into a joint powers agreement allowing the districts to hire and supervise survey and
marking crews. The districts hired 46 seasonal employees to keep ahead of tree-cutting operations.
State agencies, counties, and communities worked together to coordinate the assistance available to
private landowners. Crews surveyed and marked infested trees on private property, and landowners could
apply for reimbursements for removal costs. More than 110,000 acres of private land were surveyed
during the effort.
Tennessee, Governor Bill Haslam
Press Release: $2.3 Million I n Clean Tennessee Energy Grants Awarded (06/21/12)
The Clean Tennessee Energy Grant Program awards projects aimed at promoting Clean Alternative
Energy, Energy Conservation, or Air Quality Improvement. In June 2012, Governor Bill Haslam awarded
more than $2.3 million to fund 17 energy efficiency projects for local governments, municipalities, and
other organizations and private entities across Tennessee. These projects were designed to increase cost
savings and decrease emissions, improving energy and cost efficiency. Funding for the projects comes
from an April 2011 Clean Air Act settlement with the Tennessee Valley Authority. Under the Consent
Decree, Tennessee will receive $26.4 million over five years to fund clean air programs in the state.

Utah, Governor Gary Herbert
Press Release: Governor Announces Air Quality Initiatives Invites All Utahns to Do Their Part
Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert called Utahns to action and urged them to do their part to improve Utah's
air quality. The initiative, the Utah Clean Air Partnership (U-CAIR), is an invitation to all partners
currently working toward cleaner air to join forces and motivate individual Utahns to change their beliefs
and the behaviors that impact state air quality. There are four main components of the Governor's U-
CAIR initiative: First, it is statewide; second, the initiative is voluntary; third, the initiative has a
significant public education and outreach component aimed at water conservation; fourth, U-CAIR
focuses on partnerships. Governor Herbert asked business and industry to continue their efforts, and
recruited governments, school districts, local chambers of commerce and individual households to
become pledging partners.

Virginia, Governor Bob McDonnell
Press Release: Governor McDonnell Signs Energy Legislation Advancing Virginia as the Energy Capital
of the East Coast (04/17/12)
On April 17, 2012, Governor Bob McDonnell ceremonially signed 13 pieces of legislation that advance
Virginia as the "Energy Capital of the East Coast". The legislation continues Governor McDonnell's "all
of the above" strategy for advancing development of Virginia's energy resources.
HB559/SB511 Natural gas utilities; qualified projects
Allows natural gas infrastructure expansion for the purpose of economic development projects
where it is not already available.
HB587/SB418 Electric transmission lines; approval process
Improves the process for approval of a 138kv transmission line.
HB232 /SB492 Renewable energy; expands definition
Encourages development of renewable thermal energy and includes landfill gas in the definition
of renewable energy.
HB1102 /SB413 Renewable energy portfolio standard program; credits for investments
Encourages research and development of renewable energy technologies.
HB894 /SB493 - Electric and natural gas utilities; energy efficiency programs
Increases energy efficiency programs by requiring the SCC to consider all four cost benefit tests.
HB1016/SB485 Alternative Fuel Vehicle Conversion Fund; established
Creates the Alternative Fuel Vehicle Conversion Fund to assist in the conversion of the state fleet.
Virginia is currently evaluating private-sector solicitants received to convert the state vehicle fleet
to an alternative fuel, one of the first states in the nation to do so.
HB1177 - Virginia Energy Plan; adds to list of State's energy objectives
Updates the Virginia Energy Plan ensuring adequate energy supply and a Virginia-based
production and minimizing the Commonwealth's long-term exposure to volatility and increases in
world energy prices through greater energy independence

Press Release: Governor McDonnell Announces Agreements and Signs Executive Directive to Advance
Conversion of State Fleet to Alternative Fuels (10/02/12)
Governor Bob McDonnell announced contractual agreements with two private fuel companies, and
signed a multi-state memorandum of understanding and an executive directive advancing the effort to
convert Virginia's state vehicle fleet to alternative fuels. The ceremony featured representatives from
Clean Energy and Blossman Gas, private firms selected from 14 responders to a solicitation for a public-
private partnership to provide alternative fuel infrastructure and vehicle conversions for Commonwealth
vehicles, and Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin, who is leading a coalition of 22 states to work with
vehicle manufacturers to drive down costs of alternative fuel vehicles.

Press Release: Governor McDonnell Announces Preservation of over 80 Acres of Historic Battlefields in
Petersburg (08/14/12)
On August 14, 2012, Governor Bob McDonnell announced a partnership between the Commonwealth of
Virginia and the Civil War Trust and the City of Petersburg. This partnership focused to preserve over 80
acres of land that played a critical role in Virginia's Civil War history. Preservation of the two sites -
Cemetery Hill and the South Side Depot - was being funded by Transportation Enhancement Grants
awarded by the Commonwealth Transportation Board. During the McDonnell Administration, the
Commonwealth Transportation Board has awarded nearly $5 million in matching Transportation
Enhancement Grants for Civil War preservation projects. Aside from preservation, a portion of this
funding was used to develop a new battlefield application for smart phones and tourist information kiosks
at rest areas to help travelers better explore Virginia's battlefields as well celebrate the Sesquicentennial of
the Civil War.

Wyoming, Governor Matt Mead
Press Release: Governor Says Wyoming Rules for Hydraulic Fracturing Should Lead (04/13/12)
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) proposed its own set of hydraulic fracturing rules two years
after the State of Wyoming implemented rules to address hydraulic fracturing. Governor Mead objected
to the proposed BLM rules in a letter to Secretary of Interior Salazar on the basis that BLM has not
questioned the adequacy of Wyomings rules in protecting public health, safety and the environment;
Wyoming is in a better position than the federal government to determine the best practices for overseeing
hydraulic fracturing operations in Wyoming; and the financial burden the BLM rule imposes on
Wyoming and other primarily western states is excessive, the regulations duplicative. Wyomings rules
cover well-bore integrity, flowback water and disclosure of hydraulic fracturing constituents used in
drilling operations on federal, private and state lands.

Press: Wyoming Gov. Mead to feds: Let states regulate fracking (04/17/12)
Update: Wyoming Republican delegations letter to Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell (08/19/13)

Office of the Governor: Wyoming Energy Strategy
Recognizing the need for both a national energy strategy and state energy strategy, Wyoming Governor
Matt Mead worked to develop an energy strategy with input from conservation and environmental groups,
government agencies, constituents, and energy industries operating in Wyoming.
The vision of the Wyoming Energy Strategy holds: Wyoming will achieve excellence in energy
development, production, and stewardship of its natural resources for the highest benefit of its citizens.
Press: Wyoming Gov Matt Mead Outlines State Energy Policy


Alaska, Governor Sean Parnell
Press Release: Gov. Seeks National Policy to Fill Pipeline (05/11/11)
Alaska Governor Sean Parnell proposed to Congress a bill called the Alaska North Slope Production Act.
The Act calls for the creation of a national plan to achieve the states goal of increasing Trans Alaska
Pipeline System (TAPS) oil throughput from Alaskas North Slope to one million barrels a day in the next
10 years.
Highlights of Governor Parnells proposed federal legislation include:
Requires the Secretary of Energy and the Secretary of the Interior to outline a plan to achieve the
objective of one million barrels of oil per day carried by TAPS from the Alaska North Slope;
Recommends streamlining the federal authorization and permitting process;
Time limits for agencies to process authorizations and permits where no time limits currently
Recommends shortening some existing time limits for authorizations and permit processing;
Recommends streamlining existing review process;
Recommends financial and other incentives for the development of Alaska North Slope reserves;
Recommends opening current off-limits areas to exploration and development.

Indiana, Governor Mitch Daniels
Leading the Way in Electrification Technologies
During his time as governor, Governor Mitch Daniels created and implemented policies to make Indiana
the national hub for automotive technology development, next-generation batteries, and electric drive
vehicles. Some accomplishments include:
To leverage Indianas 100+ years in the automotive sector, workforce technical expertise, and world
class universities curriculum, Governor Daniels met with industry, universities, utilities, and NGOs to
solicit their input and collaboration the result of which created the internationally recognized Project
Plug-IN electric vehicle initiative.
The Governor worked with the Rocky Mountain Institute to secure Indianapolis ranking as the most
Plug-in Ready City in the country. Since that recognition, all automotive and clean tech industry
reports include Indianapolis as an electric vehicle deployment community
Currently two OEMs are manufacturing all electric vehicles in Indiana including the ThinkCity car
and the Navistar EStar delivery truck which is used by Federal Express. Indiana manufactured Allison
Transmission and Cummins engines are hybrid electric and diesel components in the new state-of-
the-art hybrid electric buses being deployed throughout the state. Hybrid propulsion transmission
system made by Allison Transmission for trucks includes parts from other great Indiana auto
suppliers Delphi Corporation and Remy. Other Indiana OEMs including Toyota, Honda, Subaru, and
Bright Automotive are either currently manufacturing hybrid vehicles or are in final development
stages for launch of electric hybrid vehicles.
There are two high-profile lithium-ion battery manufacturers that have located and expanded in
Indiana. Atairnano and Ener1, which have four Indiana manufacturing and R&D facilities. These
advanced clean-technology companies are mostly exporting their batteries for use in automobiles,
trucks, buses and energy storage systems.
In addition to bringing new companies to the state, the Governor has also been hands-on in assisting
Hoosier automotive suppliers with retooling and reequipping their facilities, and identifying
opportunities to market their more energy efficient components and parts. In 2010, in Indiana the
Governor hosted the largest US-China automotive summit in the history of the automotive industry.
Many Hoosier companies secured contracts to sell their component parts to the Chinese OEMs, the
fastest growing consumer market in the world for automobiles.
Governor Daniels goes on economic development trade missions every year to Japan and has visited
China for the past two years and results of these trips include Hoosier alternative vehicle OEMs and
suppliers securing new customers and/or financing partners and example is Wanxiang-EnerDel Joint
Indiana takes great pride in the companies aggressively working to accelerate the commercialization
of high performance, safe, and cost effective advanced battery technologies and in December 2010
became the first government in the United States to incorporate electric vehicles and charging stations
in the state government fleet and garages.
The Indianapolis metropolitan bus system is utilizing Allison Transmission electric hybrid buses and
currently there are over 100+ electric vehicles with data loggers and charging stations installed
throughout the greater Indianapolis area spanning two utilities service territory, Duke and IPL an AES
Indiana is also a national hub for battery systems development and testing for the defense and
national security industry with unique assets like the U.S. Navys Naval Surface Warfare Center
Crane, which has forged strong partnerships around energy storage technologies with several top
defense contractors across Indiana including, SAIC, Raytheon, ITT, General Dynamics, and others.
In addition, Indianas world-class research universities including Purdue University, Indiana
University-Purdue, and the University of Notre Dame have formed an active research and
development partnership around next-generation battery technology and are working with a network
of industry partners to accelerate technology transfer. These university partners collaborate with
Indianas statewide community college, Ivy Tech, to develop new degree programs and curriculums
needed to prepare the Hoosier workforce for advanced battery and electrification technology jobs.
Press: Indiana Leading the Nation in Vehicle Electrification
Indiana Making Progress in "Clean Tech" Industry

Conservation Efforts in Indiana:
Indiana has utilized planning and partnerships to set aside and protect a record number of acres of
wetlands, recreation and wildlife habitat despite significant public funding limitations. Governor Daniels'
leadership made this happen without increased taxes or mandates. He has presided over initiatives
A major conservation initiative to acquire 43,000 acres of river corridor along 94 miles of the
Wabash River and Sugar Creek in west central Indiana and another 26,000 acres along the
Muscatatuck River in southern Indiana.
The acquisition, development and opening of 3 new major Fish and Wildlife Areas
Completion of a complicated land exchange between U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National
Park Service, Military Department of Indiana, U.S. Army and DNR to support Camp Atterbury
Joint Maneuver Training Center in Johnson County, while adding land in nearby Putnam County
that will result in an additional 800 acres of recreational land for public use.
Dredging (150,000+ tons of sediment removed to date) and cleanup of the Grand Calumet River
in northwest Indiana, arguably the most contaminated river in the United States.
Commissioned the states first recreational trails plan that has successfully guided the
development of over 500 miles of new trails in Indiana.
Since 2005, the State has protected over 41,860 acres of sensitive habitat and recreational land
through unique and creative partnerships that span government and private sectors.

Press: Daniels wetlands plan is called amazing

Idaho, Governor Butch Otter
Press Release: CAES Researchers Earn $18.2 Million; Provide Significant Return on Investment for
Idaho (10/11/11)
Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter announced that the Center for Advanced Energy Studies (CAES) during
2011 provided Idaho taxpayers with an 11-to-1 return on their $1.6 million investment in the partnership
a rate most investors would envy. CAES researchers earned $18.2 million in competitive research
grants, infrastructure and other funding in federal fiscal year 2011 which ran through September
pushing the center's cumulative earnings to $41.9 million. A University of Idaho economist estimates that
CAES generated $26.8 million in regional sales, 366 jobs and $620,000 in tax revenue in fiscal 2011

Iowa, Governor Terry Branstad
Iowa Renewable Fuels Association: Branstad Signs Bill to Boost E15Sales and Biodiesel Production
Governor Terry Branstad signed Senate File 531 into law, which offers several tax incentives for the
renewable fuels industry. The legislation updates Iowa law for B-2 and B-5 biodiesel, updates the E-85
incentive, creates a new tax credit for E-15 ethanol, updates the credits for E-10 ethanol and directs some
funding from the Underground Storage Tank fund to the Renewable Fuels Infrastructure Board for
infrastructure improvements. This legislation will reduce the dependence on foreign oil, lower fuel costs
for Iowans, help reduce the US trade deficit, and help create high-paying jobs in Iowa.

Press Release: Branstad to sign Executive Order 72 rescinding burdensome RICE rule (04/04/11)
Governor Branstad rescinded the Iowa Reciprocating Internal Combustion Engines (RICE) National
Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants NESHAP rule by Executive Order. The RICE rule
imposed unnecessary and crippling costs on small Iowa municipal utilities, costing some consumers, on
average, hundreds of dollars a year.

Mississippi, Governor Haley Barbour
Mississippi Power: Breaking New Ground in Kemper County (04/10/11)
Through legislation passed in 2011, Mississippi has standards and a regulatory structure that permits and
monitors geologic sequestration of carbon dioxide. Using carbon-sequestration technology, Mississippi
Power is building a first-in-the-nation market-scale coal plant in Kemper County which will capture 65%
of the CO2 produced from the power plant. The base load generation bill, SB 2723, which catalyzed the
construction of the plant, was passed in 2011. With the large capital requirements associated with
building coal and nuclear baseload generation facilities, companies are able to recover construction costs
on facilities during construction, whereas previous requirements stipulated that costs couldnt be
recovered until a plant was operational. These modifications will cut interest costs and result in savings
to Mississippi ratepayers. Update- Construction Milestone reached at Kemper, first fire of CT complete

Business Facilities: Mississippi: Rolling Out Innovative Incentives (10/2010)
In 2010, Governor Barbour asked the Mississippi legislature to pass the Clean Energy Manufacturing
Initiative (CEMI), which was later passed and, through tax exemptions, encourages manufacturers of
systems or components used in the generation of renewable or alternative energy to locate in the state.
he program requires a minimum investment of $50 million and 250 jobs, provides a 10-year exemption
from income and franchise tax, and gives a sales tax exemption from beginning of project until three
months after commercial production at the facility. CEMI supplements Mississippis other off the shelf
industry incentive programs, which typically assist with public infrastructure expansion needs.

New Jersey, Governor Chris Christie
Press Release: Governor Christie Outlines Greener and More Affordable Vision for Future of Energy in
New Jersey (06/07/11)
Governor Chris Christie released New Jerseys 2011 Energy Master Plan (EMP), a greener and more
affordable vision for the use, management, and development of energy in New Jersey over the next
decade and beyond. The draft EMP establishes a path for the Administration to manage energy in a way
that promotes renewable sources of energy, saves money, stimulates the economy and job creation, and
protects the environment.
The plan encompasses five overarching goals which work to drive down the cost of energy for all
customers while promoting clean, environmentally safe renewable sources of energy:
Promoting a Diverse Portfolio of New, Clean, In-State Generation
Creating a Realistic Path to Achieving a Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard of 22.5% by 2021
Rewarding Energy Efficiency, Energy Conservation and Cost Effective Renewable Resources
Capitalizing on Emerging Technologies for Transportation and Power Production
Encouraging Economic Development and Job Growth

Pennsylvania, Governor Tom Corbett
Executive Order: Creation of Governors Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission (03/08/11)
In March 2011, Governor Tom Corbett issued an Executive Order establishing the Marcellus Shale
Commission. The EO stated that The Commission shall develop a comprehensive, strategic proposal for
the responsible and environmentally sound development of Marcellus Shale. The Marcellus Shale
Commission is an example of government seeking input from stakeholders in order to create the
framework necessary to insure public health, environmental protection, and a robust climate for private
sector innovation in the energy sector. The Commission approved its final report in July 2011: Report

South Dakota, Governor Dennis Daugaard
American News: SD governor signs bill to boost ethanol industry (03/24/11)
Governor Daugaard introduced and secured passage of Senate Bill 196 which provides incentives to
gasoline retailers to add new blender pumps to the existing pumps at gas stations. Retailers can receive
$25,000 for the first pump installed and $10,000 for each additional pump installed. These incentives do
not require any additional appropriations because the $3.5 million cost over the next five years will be
paid from an already existing alternative fuel fund.

Press Release: Black Hills Forest Initiative, by Gov. Dennis Daugaard (08/25/11)
Governor Daugaard created the Black Hills initiative to spend more money to fight the spread of the
mountain pine beetle by cutting down and removing infected trees, especially in areas where the infected
federal forest is adjacent to state and private lands. The initiative also includes a strong education
program for the public, funding for private suppression efforts and more cooperation and coordination of
efforts with the U.S. Forest Service. More information can be found at

Texas, Governor Rick Perry
Press Release: Gov. Perry: Texas Continues to Lead the Nation in Energy Production (07/15/11)
Governor Rick Perry signed Senate Bill 20 which includes incentive programs for the conversion of
medium and heavy duty vehicles to compressed or liquid natural gas. As part of Governor Perrys
continuing effort to diversify Texas energy, SB20 specifically includes text for the creation of a Clean
Transportation Triangle to be created along the main highway corridors connecting the greater Dallas-
Fort Worth area, Austin, San Antonio, and Houston. The bill provides for grant awards to businesses
and/or organizations for the implementation of natural gas fueling stations within the triangle corridor.
Press: Texas Governor Rick Perry signs natural gas bills at Peterbilt plant

Utah, Governor Gary Herbert
Utahs Office of Energy Development: Governors 10-Year Strategic Energy Plan (2011)
Governor Herbert appointed the Governors Energy Task Force to develop a 10-Year Strategic Energy
Plan. In its 42 page report the Energy Task Force made several recommendations aimed at encouraging
energy innovation and supporting strong free market economic development. These recommendations
Creating an Office of Energy to consolidate the states existing energy functions and implement
the Governors initiatives efficiently;
Strategic tax incentives for energy production, without favoring one energy source;
Creating a research triangle amongst the states top universities aimed at the development of
clean energy sources;
Coordinating with the federal government to allow for energy development on public lands;
Increased efficiency and transparency measures for state regulatory and licensing operations;
Encouraging energy efficiency and the reduction of consumption through public education and
incentives; and
Diversifying transportation fuels and creating an infrastructure to meet the energy needs of the
Governor Herberts energy vision includes a combination of conventional and unconventional fossil fuels,
renewable energy resources, and potentially nuclear power that will allow Utah to maintain its high level
of energy independence. The Herbert administration is encouraging West Desert wind and solar projects,
the commercialization of natural gas produced in the Uinta Basin, and the evaluation of a water-rights
application for a nuclear plant. Furthermore, in an effort to reduce ever-growing consumption levels
Governor Herberts plan explores changes to transportation and urban planning, including the adoption of
alternative transportation fuels and the associated infrastructure, and a focus on mass transit.

Virginia, Governor Bob McDonnell
Press Release: Governor McDonnells Natural Resources and Energy Team Highlights Progress on the
Governors Goals (06/27/11)
HB2105 Electric Vehicles (03/23/11)
This will permit private third parties to develop and sell electric recharging services, expanding
the infrastructure available to support the emerging electric vehicle market.
HB2282 Alternative fuel fleets (04/06/11)
Requires the Director of the Department of General Services, in conjunction with the Secretary of
replacement of vehicles in the centralized fleet with vehicles that operate using natural gas,
electricity, or other alternative fuels.
HB1686 Distributed solar power generation (04/06/11)
Directs the SCC (State Corporation Commission) to consider approval of distributed solar
generation facilities, constructed and operated by a utility, and special pricing of the power
generated by those facilities.
HB1912 Electric generation facility impacts on economic development (03/18/11)
Expressly includes "furtherance of the economic and job creation objectives of the
Commonwealth," among the factors the SCC must consider when they decide whether or not to
approve a proposed electric generation facility. Makes clear that the SCC must consider the rate
impact of renewable resources before approving reliance on renewable resources.
HB1983 Net energy metering program (03/18/11)
Increases the amount of electricity a homeowner or business can generate with its own
installation from 10 kilowatts to 20 kilowatts, expanding the availability of distributed generation
and encouraging installation of renewable projects.
HB2191/SB975 Voluntary Solar Resource Development Fund (04/06/11)
Creates a Voluntary Solar Resource Development Fund. Requires utilities to provide a link to
information about the Fund and to a web site where their customers can make donation to the
fund. Money donated to the fund will be made available as loans to support construction of solar
energy projects.
SB1360/HB2316 Clean Energy Manufacturing Incentive Grant Program (04/06/11)
Creates a program that provides financial incentives to companies that manufacture or assemble
equipment, systems, or products used to produce renewable or nuclear energy, or products used
for energy conservation, storage, or grid efficiency purposes.
HB2389 Expanding the authority of the Virginia Resources Authority (03/18/11)
Adds renewable energy projects to those which the Virginia Resources Authority may finance
SB862 Commonwealth Energy Policy (03/28/11)
Ensures that if localities adopt local ordinances to address the siting of renewable energy
facilities, that the ordinance will be consistent with provisions of the Commonwealth's Energy
Policy. Provide reasonable criteria for siting renewable energy facilities.
SB1236 Clean Fuel Vehicle Job Creation Tax Credit (03/15/11)
Extends the sunset date of the tax credit from the 2011 taxable year to the 2014 taxable year