Issues Archive

  • Alternative Fuels

    The U.S. transportation sector is 97 percent reliant on oil, 60 percent of which is imported. By 2030, with demand continuing to grow, the nation will import nearly four million more barrels of petroleum per day. This leaves ...

  • Transportation Funding & Financing

    Governors and states have long recognized the importance of investing in surface transportation. When operated efficiently, the surface transportation system can enhance the economic competitiveness of states and the nation, ...

  • Transportation & Land Use Planning

    States across the country are re-examining the role of transportation and land use planning to help address problems like traffic congestion, growth in vehicle miles traveled, high infrastructure costs and loss of green ...

  • Transportation

    States are responsible for developing and implementing transportation strategies that encourage improved system performance, increased mobility, enhanced economic development and improved environmental outcomes. Achieving ...

  • Energy Workforce Development

    There is a growing demand for skilled workers across a range of energy sector occupations, including work related to the oil and natural gas industries, electricity generation and transmission, renewable energy production, ...

  • Electricity Transmission & Smart Grid

    As states develop energy resources, a greater burden has been placed on the current electric transmission and distribution system. States are addressing these issues through the planning and construction of additional ...

  • Clean Energy Financing

    Many clean energy efforts face high upfront capital costs that serve as barriers to reaping longer term energy savings and environmental and economic development benefits. In the past, efforts to address these barriers have ...

  • Building Energy Strategies

    Buildings consume more energy than any other sector of the U.S. economy and account for 73 percent of national electricity consumption, 40 percent of total greenhouse gas emissions and large amounts of on-site fuel use. ...

  • State Clean Energy Actions

    States across the country are working to increase energy efficiency, the use of renewable energy and explore other clean energy resources as part of a diverse approach to meeting the nation’s energy needs. Every state is ...

  • Energy

    Energy development and use affects the nation’s economy, environment and national security. In the United States, energy expenditures account for about nine percent of GDP, and the U.S. imports 65 percent of crude oil ...

  • Carbon Capture & Sequestration

    The United States relies on coal to provide more than 50 percent of the country’s electricity needs, and this percentage is projected to increase by 2030. However, current and future environmental constraints make it ...