Energy Infrastructure and Reliability

Energy Infrastructure and Reliability

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March 2014 State LegislaturesThis March State Legislatures article, “Partners in Power” explores the long standing energy relationship between the U.S. and Canada that makes up one of the largest integrated energy markets in the world, encompassing the production and distribution of resources and an interconnected electric grid.




Webinar logoView NCSL webinars exploring energy infrastructure and reliability topics, including: "Energy Development and the Department of Defense: State Policy Options," which explores how dramatic increases in the number of siting and construction permits for utility-scale renewable energy, increases the potential for conflict with Department of Defense (DoD) activities; and “Reliability, Risk and Energy Diversity,” which explores how the nation’s changing energy mix and recent severe weather events challenge the reliability of the electric grid and existing infrastructure.




different sources of energySecuring the nation’s energy supply and protecting energy infrastructure is a major concern given the nation’s dependence on reliable and uninterrupted energy delivery. State policies play a critical role in energy security by ensuring that energy infrastructure is resilient and that officials can quickly respond to shortages, disruptions and emergencies.




copper wireIncreased incidents of metal theft in recent years have provoked states, utilities, local police forces and industry to act by regulating metal sales, increasing requirements for licensed dealers and increasing penalties for illegal activity. In 2013, metal theft continued to be a topic of interest to state legislatures.




The nation’s electric grid is a complex system connecting thousands of power plants through a web of transmission and distribution lines. Production of electricity must meet demand, and take into account potential failures and fluctuations based on the season, time of day and variation in renewable power generation.  Growing energy demand and the development of new energy sources are putting pressure on existing transmission system, requiring large investments to replace outdated and overloaded systems that prevent efficient delivery of electricity and reduce reliability. Distributed energy and smart grid technologies are drastically changing how electricity is delivered, and states play a critical role in ensuring that their policies enable efficient, reliable and affordable electricity.


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