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How to Protect the Energy Grid from Cyberthreats

“Preparing for that day when something bad happens is something we take very seriously. (President Dwight) Eisenhower said ‘Plans are useless but planning is everything.’ We have to be right 100 percent of the time, the adversary only has to be right once. Given those odds we have to prepare for the inevitable.”

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Roles For States, Tribes in Nuclear Weapons Site Cleanups

Many of the sites were located on or near tribal lands, and today, a number of American Indian tribes work directly with federal and state governments to ensure safe and protective environmental remediation and determine future use at the sites. 

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How States are Dealing With Pedalers With a Boost

Recently I was riding my bike along a bike path up a steady incline against the flow of the river running next to me. Out of the blue a heavy bike with a trailer toting a small kid glided effortlessly past me.

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Nuclear Energy Tribal Working Group: Collaborating for Policy Solutions

What to do with the nation’s 76,000 tons of nuclear waste may not be on short list of pressing policy issues for everyone. But that issue is on the front burner for the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Nuclear Energy, as well as affected tribes, states and local communities.

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International Agreements Aim to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

As states await a ruling from the U.S Court of Appeals on the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan, the first week of October witnessed two events on the international front regarding efforts to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

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Ballots Light Up With Energy Measures

It’s without a doubt that this year’s election is significant for states and the nation—and beyond the Oval Office and legislative halls, energy-related ballot measures will be before voters this November in Florida, Nevada and Washington.

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State Efforts to Retain U.S. Nuclear Capability

Nuclear power in the United States is facing an unprecedented array of challenges. Nuclear plants are closing across the country, drawing the attention of utilities, regulators, federal officials and state policymakers.

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Ted Koppel: Nation Unprepared for Effects of Cyberattack

Ted Koppel was blunt, but with a smile.

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Webinar Will Shine Light on Future of Distributed Solar Energy

The rapid growth of distributed solar power resources, such as rooftop solar is creating challenges for states and utilities as they determine how to compensate homeowners and businesses that send solar power out onto the grid.

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States to Play Big Role in Preserving Nuclear Power

When the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant shut down in 2014, something happened in New England that hadn’t happened in five years: carbon emissions rose.

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