States have implemented a variety of policies aimed at mitigating greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. At least 13 states have enacted legislation establishing GHG emissions reduction requirements, with more requiring state agencies to report or inventory GHG emissions.
Much of the nation’s network of electricity generation, transmission and distribution resources is aging and major upgrades are needed for new technologies, changing market dynamics and shifting consumer preferences. This analysis comes from a new NCSL report, “Modernizing the Electric Grid: State Role and Policy Options.”
While the federal government is taking action to help utilities and operators of critical infrastructure defend against the persistent barrage of cyberattacks, state policymakers are pursuing additional measures to establish security requirements and bolster cyber-protections.
In partnership with the federal government, states play a significant role in overseeing and enforcing pipeline safety initiatives. This new report details how state legislatures contribute to that goal by updating statutory requirements, establishing building and inspection standards, replacing aging infrastructure and enhancing overall system safety.
State legislatures and public utility commissions (PUCs), also called public service commissions, are inextricably linked. This mini-guide looks at ways in which these two organizations interact, how these relationships can be strengthened, and how legislators and commissioners can look to further engage with their counterparts.
This NCSL database features bills relating to climate change, energy efficiency, energy security, financing energy projects, fossil energy, green jobs, renewable energy and alternative transportation fuels.
The NCSL Energy Program posts its many policy resources online. Feel free to view our publications, legislative summaries, newsletters, presentations from past meetings, and webinar recordings.