NCSL Energy Policy Summit | July 31, 2022


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NCSL Energy Policy Summit 

Sunday, July 31, 2022 - 12 PM to 5 PM

Preconference to NCSL's Legislative Summit

Learn more about the nation’s energy system with a focus on new and emerging state policy trends, including the states' role in managing the energy transition, energy justice, and energy market fundamentals.

The Role of Electricity Markets in a Changing Grid

Around two-thirds of the electricity in the U.S. is served by entities that operate competitive wholesale electricity markets and several states have either taken or considered action in recent years that would increase that majority. The promise of competitive generation is that economic efficiencies in the transmission and dispatch of electric generating resources will lead to lower prices for consumers. However, questions have emerged around the role of market competition in a grid that is changing dramatically.

This session will explore electricity market fundamentals, the challenges facing existing markets and the potential role markets could play as the U.S. power sector navigates a rapidly changing energy landscape. 

Energy Transition 

As the nation undergoes a significant transition both in the production and use of energy, states are taking the lead in enacting policies aimed at addressing the challenges and opportunities presented by this transition. These include state policies designed to promote specific energy generation technologies (e.g., renewables, CCS, nuclear), manage the transition to an electrified vehicle fleet and changes in building energy use, and support communities and workers effected by that transition.

This session will explore the state role in shaping and managing the energy transition. 

Energy Justice 

Energy justice is an emerging topic at both the federal and state levels. Energy Justice focuses on issues related to energy affordability and access, community participation and engagement, infrastructure siting, workforce development, utility regulation, and many other issues. While Department of Energy has been working to implement the Biden Administration’s Justice40 Initiative, many states have also implemented legislation or programs aimed at promoting energy justice. Issues of energy justice are often components of broad state energy policies that seek to ensure a just energy transition. These programs span a variety of areas related to the energy industry.

This session will provide an overview of the topic and discuss recent legislative trends.

NCSL Legislative Summit - Aug. 1-3, 2022, Denver 

NCSL logo for Legislative Summit.Join the nation’s largest bipartisan gathering of state legislators and staff in Denver this summer and connect with colleagues—old and new and from capitals across the country. This is an opportunity to engage in conversations about mutual policy priorities and the legislative landscape facing policymakers and staff today. For more information and to register click here.

Energy Sessions at NCSL's Legislative Summit

  • School Bus Electrification: State Policy Options, Aug. 2, 7:30 a.m. - 8:45 a.m. - Wondering how best to use some of the $5 billion in federal infrastructure funds available for zero- and low-emission school buses? Come learn about policy options and funding opportunities for school bus electrification. 
  • Building a Balanced Grid: The Promise of Advanced Energy Technology, Aug. 3, 1:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. - The integration of advanced energy technology into the electricity generation and distribution system presents opportunities for states to achieve their energy policy goals. This session will explore resources that can complement the buildout of variable renewables, including pairing carbon capture and sequestration with fossil generation, building advanced nuclear reactors, and integrating energy storage into the grid. A moderator will lead the session and faculty will present on each topic covered.   
  • Plugging In: The Promise and Challenges of Electric Vehicles, Aug. 3, 10:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. - The rapid electrification of U.S. vehicles brings environmental benefits—and cuts into gas tax dollars. Learn how states are using new federal funding to build charging infrastructure and identify new sources of transportation revenue.