The Alternative Fuels and Advanced Vehicles Data Center was developed in 1991 in response to the Alternative Motor Fuels Act of 1988 and the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990. The site features a database with state and federal laws and incentives related to alternative fuels and vehicles, air quality, fuel efficiency, and other transportation-related topics.
Established in 1995, the Database of State Incentives for Renewable Energy (DSIRE) is an ongoing project of the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC), funded by the U.S. Department of Energy and managed by the North Carolina Solar Center. The organizationís mission is to accelerate the use of renewable energy sources and technologies in and through state and local government and community activities.
Sustainable Pittsburgh is committed to embedding environmental and community development issues into the region's evolving economic development strategy and to creating a more inclusive and participatory leadership structure. The site explains the initiatives of the organization and indices.
Renewable Portfolio Standards are adopted by individual states to assure a specified percentage of electricity demand is supplied from renewable energy sources. The requirement increases each year, but cannot include waste-to-energy facilities (incinerators) or high-head hydropower sources. The rules vary within each state, but the overall goal is the same: increase the use of renewable energy. In 2004, Pennsylvania's Governor signed a bill requiring a 8% standard for Tier I technologies by 2020 and a 10% standard by 2020 for Tier II technologies.
The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is reorienting its management and planning to a watershed-focused, priority-setting approach. For the first time, the department will involve stakeholders in what has been an internal process. The new approach measures real results in the environment, using 17 environmental indicators.
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