The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009: Renewable Energy Provisions
This document, issued by the American Center of Renewable Energy (ACORE) outlines the $41 billion dollar portion of an almost $800 billion dollar nationwide economic stimulus bill which is allocated towards renewable energy development.
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 Pennsylvania Programs
Pennsylvania has compiled all relevant programs resulting from the ARRA for its region. These can be browsed as well as information concerning the use of these funds and eligibility requirements for the grants.
Federal Appliance Standards
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is required to set appliance efficiency standards at levels that achieve the maximum improvement in energy efficiency that is technologically feasible and economically justified. This describes current appliance standards.
Interconnection Standards for Small Generators
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) adopted "small generator" interconnection standards for distributed energy resources up to 20 megawatts (MW) in capacity in May 2005. The FERC's standards apply only to facilities subject to the jurisdiction of the commission; mostly, these are systems that interconnect at the transmission level. The standards generally do not apply to distribution-level interconnection, which is regulated by state public utilities commissions. However, the FERC has noted that its interconnection standards for small generators should serve as a useful model for state-level standards.
Federal Energy Management Program
The federal Energy Policy Act of 2005 extended and expanded several previous goals and standards to reduce energy use in existing and new federal buildings. This describes renewable energy use mandated for federal buildings.
The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007
The Energy Independence and Security Act is an omnibus energy policy law that consists mainly of provisions designed to increase energy efficiency and the availability of renewable energy. This report describes the key provisions of the enacted law, summarizes the legislative action on H.R. 6, and provides a summary of the provisions under each of the titles in the law.
The most noteworthy elements of the Energy Independence and Security Act include the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE), the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS), and the Energy Efficiency Equipment Standards. The CAFÉ law set a goal of 35 miles per gallon for the combined fleet of corporate vehicles by model year 2020 in order to reduce gas consumption and lower emissions. The Renewable Fuels Standard modified the old standard so that by 2008 9.0 billon gallons for renewable fuels are being used, and 36 billion gallons are being used by 2022. Lastly, the Energy Efficiency Equipment Standards creates new standards for lighting and appliance equipment for residential and commercial uses.