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ELECTRIC VEHICLE INCENTIVES

electric vehicleApproximately 93 percent of the nation's transportation sector depends on oil, making the U.S. transportation system far from diverse. However, electricity may play an important role to change the transportation energy mix. This October 2014 web brief highlights state, local and utility incentives to promote hybrid and electric vehicle adoption. The web brief also addresses state concerns regarding the effect that the growing use of electric vehicles may have on funding for transportation infrastructure.

 

INTEGRATING RENEWABLES

solar installationRenewable energy is fast becoming a major source of electricity in the U.S. and now generates 13 percent of the nation’s electricity. However, the variable nature of renewables pose challenges for grid operators. View this publication exploring how utilities and legislatures are working to address renewable energy integration challenges and highlighting recently enacted legislation.

STATE ENERGY PLANNING

oil transport train A comprehensive energy plan serves as the state roadmap for meeting changing energy needs; promoting eco­nomic growth; and ensuring access to affordable, diverse and reliable energy. Read this report from NCSL's Task Force on Energy Supply to learn the critical role state legislatures plan in the energy planning process.

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TRANSPORTING CRUDE OIL BY RAIL

oil transport train Crude oil producers are increasingly relying on rail to carry oil to domestic markets. The rapid growth in rail transportation, however, has focused attention on safety issues, especially after several recent accidents. This web brief highlights the increase in crude oil rail transportation and how state and federal officials are addressing safety concerns.

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OVERVIEW | ENERGY

NCSL's Energy Program offers a range of services, all of which are free to legislators and legislative staff, including state-by-state analysis of energy issues, technical assistance, responding to policy questions and research on energy issues. If you would like to be added to our mailing list for webinars, energy policy publications or our monthly newsletter, Plugged In, please contact the Energy Program staff.

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STANDING COMMITTEE | TASK FORCE

The Natural Resources and Infrastructure Committee is one of eight NCSL Standing Committees that educates Congress and federal agencies about state concerns and serves as a forum for state legislators and legislative staff to learn about and share information regarding programs and initiatives in other states. The Energy Supply Task Force explores the issues and opportunities that policymakers face as they shape energy policies to increase the use of national energy resources in a stable, reliable and economically viable manner.

 

DATABASE

The NCSL Energy and Environment Legislation Tracking Database features bills relating to climate change, energy efficiency, energy security, financing energy projects, fossil energy, green jobs, renewable energy and alternative transportation fuels.

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