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Renewable Natural Gas: Up-and-Coming Renewable Energy Contender?

As states consider clean energy goals and efforts to reduce emissions across the transportation and power sectors, some state legislatures, utilities and the natural gas industry are examining the potential for renewable natural gas.

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COVID-19: Energy’s ‘Essential’ Role Isn’t Backed By Law

State by state over the course of the past two months governors have closed “non-essential” businesses and directed residents to stay at home for all but “essential” activities. The scope of these orders and what’s considered “essential” can vary significantly depending on the state.

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Category: Energy, COVID-19
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COVID-19 Slows the Clean Energy Workforce

Several states have pursued legislation designed to expand the number of clean energy jobs in their state, including legislation that creates new requirements or funding mechanisms for expanding the already-growing clean energy workforce.

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COVID-19: States Protect Access to Vital Energy Services

As millions of Americans face financial uncertainty due to the national coronavirus response, policymakers in many states are acting to inject a measure of stability by ensuring no one loses access to essential services, such as electricity, gas or water.

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NRI Committee Launches 2020 Webinar Series

A state’s energy mix, the protection of navigable waters, using farmland for solar development, legislative trends in traffic safety and state efforts to meet clean air standards will be discussed in detail during NCSL’s Natural Resources and Infrastructure Committee’s annual Spring Webinar Series beginning April 23 and continuing through June 18.

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States Vote for More Daylight

In the last three years, a significant trend has emerged as nine states have enacted legislation to provide for year-round daylight saving time (DST)—if Congress were to allow such a change by amending the Uniform Time Act of 1966. States are allowed to change to year-round standard time under current federal law.

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Category: Energy
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Lawmakers Take Energy-Centered Trip to Belgium

A bipartisan delegation of seven legislators recently journeyed to Belgium for a study tour focused on the energy sector. The tour was funded through a competitive grant awarded by the U.S. Embassy in Belgium to facilitate a Belgian-American subnational legislative exchange program focused on renewable energy, energy efficiency and energy security. 

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NCSL’s Energy Program Closes 2019 With New Report, Web Briefs

State legislatures are at the forefront of a transitioning energy economy—enacting comprehensive policies designed to modernize an aging electric grid, increase energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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Category: Energy
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NCSL Report Highlights Importance of Dialogue With State Regulators

When it comes to state energy policy, two groups play significant roles. While state legislators create the policies, establish requirements and set goals, it’s up to public utility commissions to implement those policies on the ground—to take the law and establish regulations to achieve those policy objectives. At least, that’s how it’s supposed to work in concept.

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Category: Energy
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Time Passages: Could Clock-Switching Be on the Way Out?

Our national, twice yearly ritual of changing clocks occurs at 2 a.m. Sunday, as the official national time shifts from daylight saving time (DST) back to standard time, except for those places that stay on standard time year-round, namely Arizona (except for the Navajo Nation), Hawaii,  American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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This blog offers updates on the National Conference of State Legislatures' research and training, the latest on federalism and the state legislative institution, and posts about state legislators and legislative staff. The blog is edited by NCSL staff and written primarily by NCSL's experts on public policy and the state legislative institution.