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Federal Issues | Energy

NEWS ALERTS

news signThe Administration Acts on Climate Efforts | November marked a number of climate initiatives from the Obama Administration. On Nov. 17 the President's state and local task force with investigating climate impacts released its recommendations. On Nov. 15 the president pledged $3 billion to the international Green Climate Fund and on Nov. 11 the U.S and China entered into a carbon emission reduction joint agreement. See NCSL's Info Alert for more details. 

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NEWSLETTERS

newsletterNCSL’s monthly Federal Energy Update highlights federal-state energy news. Click below for the most recent issue. Additionally, the NCSL Energy Program publishes Plugged In, a monthly newsletter highlighting key state and federal legislation and developments impacting energy policy.

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LETTERS AND TESTIMONY

NCSL sent comments on Oct. 16, 2014, to EPA's proposed regulations on greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants, which will be open for public comment until Dec. 1.  NCSL's comments encouraged EPA to consult with states throughout the regulation process; ensure state flexibility and to take into account the differeing state legislative schedules when making a timeline for implementation of the rules . 

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STATES REACT: EPA STANDARDS

Coal plantThe U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is working to finalize rules that would regulate the greenhouse gas emissions from future and existing power plants, as part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan. As these regulations are being developed, states are responding through legislation and public comments to ensure they are meeting their environmental and energy needs and resource mixes.
 

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OVERVIEW

NCSL federal energy staff track and represents state legislatures’ interests to the Federal government on a variety of energy related issues through the advocacy efforts of the Natural Resources and Infrastructure Committee. These issues include federal laws, regulations and legislation on energy security and resiliency, renewable energy, fossil fuels, federal land leases, regulations and more. For questions on NCSL’s federal engagement on energy issues please contact the State-Federal Division Staff – Ben Husch (202-624-7779) and Melanie Condon (202-624-3597).

STANDING COMMITTEE

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.

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COMMITTEE POLICIES

The Natural Resources and Infrastructure Committee bases all of its federal advocacy work on the policy directives and resolutions that have been approved on both the committee and conference level. The policies are as of the 2014 Legislative Summit, August 22, 2014.

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