Mandating alternative energy

23-Apr-2018 01:55

In November 1999, the Pennsylvania Legislature passed ACT 45, known as the Uniform Construction Code, into law mandating a statewide building code across Pennsylvania.

Act 45 requires the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry (DLI) to promulgate regulations to implement the requirements of the legislation and, in addition, to consider the development of alternative prescriptive methods for energy conservation that account for the various climatic regions within the Commonwealth.

Entities around the country are rushing to free their power supplies from carbon emissions. Companies like Google use a combination of renewable energy and carbon offsets to achieve the same result. Earlier this month Hawaii’s legislature passed a law requiring that by 2045, all electric power consumed in the state come from renewable energy. The state has a population of about 1.4 million people.

Hawaii’s effort to become the first state in the union to have an emissions-free electricity supply is in large measure symbolic.

Law360, New York (March 20, 2014, PM EDT) -- European lawmakers reached an agreement Thursday requiring EU countries to set up infrastructure to support alternative fuels, including recharging portals for electric vehicles and fuel stations for cars that take compressed natural gas.

The deal requires that national plans and targets allow alternative fuel vehicles to move freely in urban areas by 2020.

Renewable energy relies upon the natural forces at work upon the earth, including the internal heat represented by geothermal, the pull of lunar gravity as it affects the potential for tidal power, and solar radiation such as that stored through photosynthesis in biomass.Nevertheless, we should have great certainty about the ability of any entity in America—a city, a company, a state—to substantially reduce emissions associated with electricity production, even in the absence of a carbon tax.It can start by doing what Hawaii just did: Set high standards.Trucks and other vehicles using liquefied natural gas should be able to travel the EU's Trans-European Transport Networks, or TEN-T, by 2025.

The informal agreement reached by European Council and Parliament negotiators also...

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