Energy Policy Act of 1992

Energy Policy Act of 1992
Great Seal of the United States
Other short titles
  • Energy bill
  • Energy Security/Oil Independence bill
  • National Energy Efficiency Act of 1991
Long title An Act to provide for improved energy efficiency.
Nicknames Coal Industry Retiree Health Benefit Act of 1992
Enacted by the 102nd United States Congress
Effective October 24, 1992
Public law 102-486
Statutes at Large 106 Stat. 2776
Titles amended 42 U.S.C.: Public Health and Social Welfare
U.S.C. sections created 42 U.S.C. ch. 134 ยงโ€‰13201 et seq.
Legislative history
Major amendments
Energy Policy Act of 2005

The Energy Policy Act (102nd Congress H.R.776.ENR, abbreviated as EPACT92) is a United States government act. It was passed by Congress and set goals, created mandates, and amended utility laws to increase clean energy use and improve overall energy efficiency in the United States. The Act consists of twenty-seven titles detailing various measures designed to lessen the nation's dependence on imported energy, provide incentives for clean and renewable energy, and promote energy conservation in buildings.

It reformed the Public Utility Holding Company Act of 1935 (PUHCA) and amended the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act (PURPA) of 1978, broadening the range of resource choices for utility companies and outlined new rate-making standards.

The titles

The act addressed:

and other issues.[1]

Among the provisions of Energy Policy Act (EPAct) of 1992 is Section 801, which directed the United States Environmental Protection Agency to promulgate radiation protection standards for the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository, which had been designated by the Federal government to serve as the permanent disposal site for used nuclear fuel and other radioactive materials from commercial nuclear power plants and U.S. Department of Defense activities.

The EPAct directed the federal government to decrease energy consumption in federal buildings when feasible, and to integrate the use of alternative fuel vehicles in federal and state fleets. Title XXII in the EPAct authorized tax incentives and marketing strategies for renewable energy technologies in an effort to encourage commercial sales and production.

Title I established a comprehensive energy efficiency program that included incentives for energy conservation in buildings and created efficiency standards for appliances.

There are separate sections dedicated to coal, oil, natural gas, and nuclear energy detailing clean energy incentives, research & development strategies, conservation goals, and responsible management practices.

TITLE III--Alternative Fuels

Title III of the 1992 Energy Policy Act addresses alternative fuels. It gave the U.S. Department of Energy administrative power to regulate the minimum number of light duty alternative fuel vehicles required in certain federal fleets beginning in fiscal year 1993. Title III includes:

TITLE VI--Electric Motor Vehicles

The United States Department of Energy, which has EPACT92 implementation authority, ruled that diesel-electric or gasoline-electric hybrids are not "alternative fuel vehicles." [2]

Energy Efficiency Provisions

Amendment of prior energy acts

The Act amended the Public Utility Holding Company Act of 1935 to help small utility companies stay competitive with larger utilities. It amended parts of the Federal Power Act of 1935 (Title VII). It also amended the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 and broadened the range of resource choices for utility companies and outlined new rate-making standards.


EPACT92 was far reaching in the impacting electric power deregulation, building codes and new energy efficient products.

The act was also responsible for the mandate of low flush toilets and outlawing the installation of toilets that flushed more than 1.6 gallons (6 liters) of water.

See also


  1. โ†‘ "Senate passage of H.R. 6" (PDF). US Government Printing office. 28 Jun 2005. Retrieved 12 Apr 2014.
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