State Policymakers Considering Wide Range of Measures Affecting the Energy Sector


NCSL press release State Policymakers Considering Wide Range of Measures Affecting the Energy Sector

Denver—Energy storage, grid modernization, financing clean energy and renewable energy were among the topics addressed in the 400 legislative bills enacted in 2018 dealing with energy policy. “2018 Energy Trends Across State Legislatures,” a report issued by the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), looks into the more than 2,000 energy-related measures considered in 2018.

This report provides an overview of the trending energy policies considered by state legislatures across the country. It also serves as a resource highlighting the many state policies and considerations that state legislatures have proposed in recent years and how these policies may help inform future trends. Action on most of these measures occurred in 2018, although some 2017 legislative examples are included for states that operate on a two-year legislative session.

The report includes information in the following energy related areas:

  • Grid Modernization
  • Energy Storage
  • Cybersecurity
  • Energy Resiliency
  • Electricity Markets
  • Emissions Reductions
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Renewable Portfolio Standards
  • Renewable Energy Siting, Permitting and Interconnection
  • Net Metering & Compensating Customers
  • Financing Clean Energy
  • Special Fees for Electric Vehicles

Read the report.


NCSL is a bipartisan organization that serves the legislators and staffs of the states, commonwealths and territories. It provides research, technical assistance and opportunities for policymakers to exchange ideas on the most pressing state issues and is an effective and respected advocate for the interests of the states in the American federal system.