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Energy Infrastructure and Reliability

Energy Infrastructure and Reliability

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U.S.-CANADA ENERGY POLICY

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.

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ELECTRIC GRID WEBINAR

Webinar logoConsumers are investing in technologies to increase energy efficiency, generate their own energy and shape energy demand. While these transactive energy systems can reduce costs for utilities and their customers, the rapid growth of these technologies introduce new challenges by creating variability in the system and two-way energy flows. This March 5 webinar will explore these energy systems and their implications.

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ENERGY SECURITY

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.

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SITING AND ENERGY DEVELOPMENT

Webinar logoUtility-scale renewable energy and related electrical transmission projects may interfere with military installations, test and training ranges, and airspace. By including the DoD and representatives from nearby military installations in stakeholder discussions, energy-related compatibility challenges often can be overcome in the initial planning process, saving states and localities from unplanned mitigation expenses and permitting obstacles. View a LegisBrief or an NCSL webinar on this topic.

 

OVERVIEW

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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