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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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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.

 

 

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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METAL THEFT UPDATE

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.

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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of new energy sources are putting pressure on existing transmission system, requiring large investments to replace outdated and overloaded systems that prevent efficient delivery of electricity and reduce reliability.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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