Issues Archive

  • 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 ...

  • Cleanup of the Nuclear Weapons Complex

    State agencies and officials play an important role in the design and enforcement of site cleanup across the nuclear weapons complex. The nuclear weapons complex involves 23 sites in 14 states, but potentially impacts all ...

  • Environment

    States serve as environmental stewards through their roles in managing state parks and forests, energy production and distribution, wildlife protection, land use and waste management. States also directly affect natural ...

  • Data and Accountability

    Governors are the only state leaders who oversee the entire pipeline from birth through postsecondary education and into the workforce. As such, governors and their staff play a critical role as performance managers, ...

  • Competency-based Education

    The current structure of state elementary and secondary education systems is fundamentally mismatched with the demands of the 21st Century. The system focuses on inputs, such as the time students spend in a seat in the class ...

  • Education Choice Options

    The NGA Center has identified the provision of quality choices in education as a crucial issue for states as they move forward in meeting higher expectations for student achievement and graduation rates for all students. To ...