3.	NREL intern Rachael Boothe explains biomass through a sugar balloon science experiment at the July 2016 Ute Mountain Ute Youth Energy Day in Colo., hosted by DOE-IE.

U.S. DOE Tribal STEM Subcommittee

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Tribal STEM Subcommittee convenes as part of a cooperative agreement between DOE and the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL). The subcommittee works to focus and build on DOE working group conversations related to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Its current projects are centered around STEM career opportunities for tribal members, including youth, and gaps in opportunities identified in a STEM white paper published by the Nuclear Energy Tribal Working Group (NETWG)


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Building the 21st Century Energy Workforce Webinar

Workforce development is one of the most important issues facing the U.S. energy industry. Workforce issues—now compounded with economy-wide job losses driven by COVID-19—are presenting new obstacles as states look to bolster their energy workforce. This webinar explored the workforce challenges and opportunities facing the energy sector, highlighted how the coronavirus pandemic is shifting the energy jobs landscape and how policymakers can support and train skilled workers to fill these vital positions.

Results Driven Governing


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Plugged In: Energy Update September 2020

Check out the new issue of Plugged In for the latest state and federal energy news, recent publications and upcoming meetings.


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Securing the Nation’s Energy Future: 2019-2020 State Legislative Action

This biennial report tracks legislation and policy trends around several key themes, including disaster preparedness, system resilience and infrastructure protection. The past two years has seen significant growth in legislative action.


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2019 Legislative Energy Trends

State legislatures wrapped up 2019 and have moved into 2020 exploring a wide range of energy policies. In 2019, lawmakers considered over 3,500 energy-related measures—a sizable increase compared to 2018—and enacted over 500 new laws. This white paper provides an overview of the trending energy policies considered by state legislatures across the country.


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Energy Bill Tracking

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.


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Energy Resources 

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.