Environment, Energy & Transportation Division Meeting Materials
The world is changing rapidly, with new innovative technologies spurring what some have declared the “fourth industrial revolution” that is leading to amazing new opportunities and new types of challenges. Given the implications for their citizens and economy, governors are looking for ways to promote opportunities and tackle challenges to stay ahead of the curve.
Advanced energy storage technologies are transforming the U.S. electric power market to one that is more resilient, cleaner and more diverse. As the costs of advanced energy storage technologies such as lithium ion batteries drop and market demand increases, the potential benefits are motivating states to act.
The Mid-Course Workshop of the Power Sector Modernization Policy Academy was built on the ongoing efforts of the state teams and provided targeted information in response to state-specific questions.
The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices hosted the 16th annual Intergovernmental Meeting.
As nuclear power plants across the country face economic challenges in the current electricity marketplace, many states are considering the tradeoffs of potential actions they might pursue to help maintain potential benefits to grid reliability, sustainability and economic development or to pursue alternative resources.
Electric vehicle (EV) adoption is projected to grow significantly over the coming years as they become increasingly cost competitive with traditional internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles. Continuing to encourage this transition and managing the myriad benefits and challenges of electrification will necessitate smart policy from governors and their staff.
The world is changing rapidly, with innovative technologies affecting our way of life and how businesses operate. From how we power our buildings to the cars we drive, or drive themselves, we are witnessing the “fourth industrial revolution” in which digital and connected technologies are leading to amazing new opportunities.
Building upon successful Smart Cities efforts in the U.S. and abroad, the NGA Center is seeking to launch a new effort to help states identify how they can use information and communication technology (ICT) to enhance economic development, sustainability, resilience and quality of life across urban, suburban and rural communities—all while improving the operational efficiency of state government.
The NGA Center held a meeting for governor’s water policy advisors from over twenty-eight states in Annapolis on Tuesday and Wednesday. Advisors from Alaska to Atlanta, and many points in between, came to learn about the best policies being adopted across the country on a wide array of issues including water quality and quantity improvements, green infrastructure, integrated water planning, lead pipe removal and financing water infrastructure.
The state of Maryland, in partnership with the NGA Center, hosted a one-day retreat on approaches to improve energy efficiency and reduce energy expenditures in state buildings, specifically focusing on expanding EPCs.