Sometimes it’s all about asking the right question.

Many state legislatures are gearing up activity at the start of the year, and there’s lots going on with energy policy. 

So I thought I’d put a question to the buzzy new AI bot ChatGPT:  

“Create a list of ideas for state legislative policy changes related to energy.”

These could be further elaborated with more questions, using machine learning on the world’s knowledge up to 2021. 

What do you think? 

My take is that it nails plenty of the greatest hits from the last decade, generally described. 

Are these a good match for what’s going on in your area right now? 


1. Implementing a renewable energy standard, mandating a certain percentage of a state’s energy to come from renewable sources such as solar, wind, or hydro power.

2. Offering incentives for homeowners and businesses to install solar panels or invest in other forms of renewable energy.

3. Establishing a community choice aggregation program, allowing local communities to pool their buying power to purchase electricity from renewable sources.

4. Providing funding for energy efficiency programs, such as weatherization assistance for low-income households and energy audits for businesses.

5. Implementing a carbon pricing program, such as a carbon tax or cap-and-trade system, to encourage the reduction of carbon emissions from the energy sector.

6. Establishing a net metering program, which allows homeowners and businesses with solar panels to sell excess electricity back to the grid.

7. Investing in energy storage technology, such as battery storage systems, to improve the reliability and resilience of the state’s power grid.

8. Offering rebates or other financial incentives for purchasing electric or hybrid vehicles, in order to reduce dependence on fossil fuels for transportation.

9. Requiring utility companies to invest in energy-saving technology and infrastructure such as smart grid systems, which can improve the efficiency of the power grid.

10. Setting up a state-wide energy conservation program, which could include public education campaigns, research and development programs and grants for energy-saving projects to households, businesses, and municipalities.