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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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State Legislatures Magazine: Keeping the Lights On During Electrical Grid Disasters

From overloads to superstorms, America’s electrical grid faces serious, persistent threats. But, as reported in State Legislatures magazine this month, new technologies are helping lawmakers keep the lights on when trouble strikes.

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SCOTUS: Particular Power Plant Planning is Pre-empted

Some states will need to rethink how to encourage the building of electricity generating power plants—a nearly $1 billion endeavor—following the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Hughes v. Talen Energy Marketing.

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The Impact of Falling Energy Prices on States’ Fiscal Health

While lower fuel prices are good for U.S. consumers—they have extra money to spend or save elsewhere—and oil and gas production comprises less than 2 percent of the national gross domestic product (GDP), states in which energy production is a larger portion of the local economy have acutely suffered.

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Defining Consent: What to do with Nuclear Waste

The long-term storage and disposal of spent nuclear fuel and high-level radioactive waste in the United States is an ongoing environmental issue and increasingly a very political issue as well.

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Feds to Help States Think Outside the Gas Pump

The program provides funding to states to help them develop alternatives to the gas tax that utilize a user fee structure to help fund the nation’s systems of highways, roads, bridges and mass transit through the Federal Highway Trust Fund (HTF).

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State Legislatures Magazine Clears the Air on Clean Power Plan

With the stay it issued last week, the U.S. Supreme Court put the EPA’s Clean Power Plan on hold—but 20 states already are well on their way to meeting its requirements, reports NCSL’s Glen Andersen in the current issue of State Legislatures magazine.

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NCSL Issues Info Alert on Supreme Court Stay of Clean Power Plan

On Feb. 9, the U.S. Supreme Court granted a stay halting implementation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan (CPP) until the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit rules on the CPP’s legality.

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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.