U.S. clean energy policy was as caught up in Washington gridlock as most other issue areas in 2013. No climate-saving clean tech bill passed through Congress and even modest, bi-partisan energy efficiency legislation failed to get to the President’s desk. In fact, 2013 will largely be known for energy policy actions that didn’t happen – a sort of 365 day buffer period until bigger decisions are made in years to come.
With that said, while Washington D.C. policymakers chose not to act on anything energy-related, that doesn’t mean under-the-radar policy maneuvering wasn’t taking place, which could have significant impacts in the future. With that, here are my top Washington, D.C. clean energy policy stories of 2013.