National Energy Act Statutes and Solar Energy

Judy Howard

    Research output: NRELTechnical Report


    The National Energy Act of 1978 contains many provisions that will significantly affect solar technology commercialization and solar energy users. Four of the five statutes that comprise the National Energy Act deserve close attention. The National Energy Conservation Policy Act will promote residential solar installations. The Energy Tax Act will accelerate both residential and commercial solar system applications. The Public Utilities Regulatory Policies Act promotes efficient use of utility resources as well as decentralized power production. And, the Power Plan and Industrial Fuel Use Act places severe restrictions on future burning of petroleum and natural gas, which should lead some operators to build or convert to solar energy systems. Each of the preceding acts are considered in separate sections of this report. Federal regulations issued pursuant to the various provisions are also identified and discussed, and some of the problems with the provisions and regulations are noted.
    Original languageAmerican English
    Number of pages75
    StatePublished - 1980

    NREL Publication Number

    • SERI/TR-434-424


    • commercialization
    • energy conservation
    • financial incentives
    • fuel substitution
    • National Energy Act
    • natural gas
    • public utilities
    • rate structure
    • regulations
    • solar energy
    • taxes


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