201 The Energy Policy Act Of 1992

This comprehensive legislation is far reaching and impacts energy conservation, power generation, and alternative fuel vehicles as well as energy production. The federal as well as private sectors are impacted by this comprehensive energy act. Highlights are described below:

Energy Efficiency Provisions


• Requires states to establish minimum commercial building energy codes and to consider minimum residential codes based on current voluntary codes.


• Requires states to consider new regulatory standards that would: require utilities to undertake integrated

Electric Vehicles

• Establishes comprehensive program for the research and development, infrastructure promotion, and vehicle demonstration for electric motor vehicles.


• Removes obstacles to wholesale power competition in the Public Utilities Holding Company Act by allowing both utilities and non-utilities to form exempt wholesale generators without triggering the PUHCA restrictions.

Global Climate Change

• Directs the Energy Information Administration to establish a baseline inventory of greenhouse gas emissions and establishes a program for the voluntary reporting of those emissions. Directs the Dept. of Energy to prepare a report analyzing the strategies for mitigating global climate change and to develop a least-cost energy strategy for reducing the generation of greenhouse gases.

Research and Development

• Directs the Dept. of Energy to undertake research and development on a wide range of energy technologies, including: energy efficiency technologies, natural gas end-use products, renewable energy resources, heating and cooling products, and electric vehicles.

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