Resolution on Energy Conservation Exposed
The Resolution on Energy Conservation is listed under ALEC's Energy, Environment and Agriculture Task Force and was included in the 1993-94 ALEC Sourcebook of American State Legislation. According to ALEC.org, the Resolution was approved by the ALEC Board of Directors in 1994, re-approved on January 28, 2013. (Accessed on 7/28/2015).
CMD's Bill Summary
This Resolution appears to be an attack on demand-side management and opposes utility-run mandatory conservation programs.
ALEC Bill Text
WHEREAS adequate and reliable electric power is critical to the economy of the United Sates (sic) and the standard of living of all Americans; and
WHEREAS the nation’s electric utilities have provided safe, reliable, economical electricity for over 100 years; and
WHEREAS concerns in some regions about generation shortfalls, limited fuel supplies, and the impact of rising oil prices on electric rates have prompted an increased emphasis on energy conservation programs; and
WHEREAS conservation limits wasteful and unnecessary electricity consumption, it must be recognized as only one of many electricity demand/supply alternatives; and
WHEREAS utility planning must not be restricted to conservation but instead, must embrace the entire spectrum of demand and supply options; and
WHEREAS each utility system is unique and state regulators are in the best position to determine the appropriate conservation activities to be employed by electric utilities under their jurisdiction; now therefore be it
RESOLVED, that the American Legislative Exchange Council supports efforts that ensure that utilities retain the ability to tailor their conservation programs to their individual system needs through coordination with their respective state regulators.
ALEC's Sourcebook of American State Legislation 1993-94