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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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Creating Smart Communities | A Guide for State Policymakers

This report explores how state policymakers can support the smart use of technology to create safe, accessible, livable communities that are rich with economic opportunity and prepared to meet any challenge that might arise. It explores the many ways in which telecommunications, energy and transportation technologies can be used to create smart infrastructure and discusses state policy options that can help communities plan, finance and coordinate smart solutions.

Results Driven Governing


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The Growing Role of Energy Storage in Clean Energy Policy

State legislatures have shown an increased interest in pursuing legislation designed to bolster the role of energy storage in achieving clean energy goals. NCSL tracked over 260 energy storage-related measures under consideration by state legislatures in 2019 and 2020―a significant increase over the 88 storage-related bills NCSL tracked in 2017 and 2018.


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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.


NCSL Database

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.