Energy and Environmental Legislative Monitoring

State/Federal Legislative Monitoring

The Energy and Environmental Legislative Monitoring program tracks the progress of state and federal legislation related to a wide range of energy and environmental issues.

Every year, the program collects and summarizes legislation in all of the Board’s Member States to produce the Energy and Environment Legislative Digest. The Digest is presented at SSEB’s Legislative Briefing held in conjunction with the Southern Legislative Conference’s Annual Meeting.

Other projects of the program have included comparative studies on state Carbon Capture and Sequestration (CCS) and recent EPA regulation.

This program also tracks developments in Congressional bills and monitors federal regulatory activities related to energy and the environment.

Energy and Environment Legislative Priorities and Analysis

Mentioned above, the Southern States Energy Board’s Annual Legislative Digest serves as a compendium of energy and environmental legislation passed by the board’s 18 member states and territories. For more than four decades, SSEB has published the digest as a reference tool and guide for state legislators and their staffs. The digest thoroughly examines and tracks legislative trends state by state.

During the 2015 legislative sessions, the southern states passed more than 600 energy and environmental bills. As technology advances in the oil and natural gas industries, SSEB member states continue to address issues surrounding natural gas and petroleum development. Within the digest, there are many bills relating to pipeline and infrastructure development, severance taxes, and landowner notification, as well as the rapidly emerging market for compressed and liquefied natural gas vehicles. States continue to address challenges related to ensuring fuel diversity for energy production.

As the South continues to experience tremendous growth, a majority of SSEB member states passed bills related to inland water resource management and conservation. States continue to provide responsible, thoughtful environmental leadership as five SSEB member states enacted statutory measures related to implementation of the President’s Climate Change Plan. Finally, SSEB member states addressed important economic development goals and quality of life issues through legislation related to energy efficiency; incentives to support the development of renewable energy enterprises and economic zones; and guidelines to ensure safe excavation practices near underground utilities and pipelines.