Environment, Energy & Transportation Division Meeting Materials
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.
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.
Ample opportunities exist to reduce energy consumption and expenditures in public buildings. The NGA Center, in partnership with the state of Pennsylvania, will host a retreat with state stakeholders and experts to explore new policies and solutions to improve the energy efficiency of state buildings and reduce energy costs.
The state of North Carolina, in partnership with the NGA Center is working on an initiative on enhancing the State’s Lead-by-Example efforts, which is a state-led, multi-agency, planning exercise. The North Carolina team is collaborating with stakeholders and several outside experts to examine ways to enhance the energy resiliency of its Emergency Operations Center (EOC) located in Raleigh, NC.
2017 Seminar for New Governors’ Energy Advisors and Annual Governors’ Advisors’ Energy Policy Institute
The NGA Center held the annual Governors’ Energy Advisors’ Policy Institute, bringing together governors’ energy policy advisors, other state officials, and national experts to share knowledge, network with their peers, and learn about need-to-know energy policy topics under the theme of “A New Era of Energy Policy.”