Environment, Energy & Transportation Division Meeting Materials
The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) hosted the first a Water Energy Nexus in State Retreat for the state of Tennessee to explore improving integration of water and energy policy to achieve efficiencies, conserve limited resources, and reduce customers’ costs in both urban and rural communities. Participants will specifically discuss the future of the Water and Wastewater Energy Efficiency Partnership and the Wastewater Nutrient Optimization Programs. The next Water Energy Nexus meeting will be with the state of Minnesota in August.
Two-generation strategies seek to promote children’s learning and healthy development while simultaneously promoting the parents’ success as both caregivers and breadwinners. The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) and its partner, the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP), have selected five states to participate in the Parents And Children Thriving Together: Two-Generation State Policy Network (PACTT Network) which is a technical assistance opportunity to create two-generation strategies for systems change. On March 19–20, 2018, the NGA Center, CLASP and Ascend at the Aspen Institute brought together cross-agency teams from Colorado, Georgia, Minnesota, New Jersey and Oregon for the Midpoint Convening of the PACTT Network. The meeting took place in New Brunswick, New Jersey at The Heldrich Center.
The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) hosted a Lead-by-Example (LBE) workshop to help states better tap into the ample opportunities to reduce energy consumption and expenses in public buildings. This workshop brought together states and experts to explore new policies and solutions identified through the LBE retreats NGA held in 2017.
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.