NCSL Task Force on Energy Supply Meeting Presentations

May 6, 2011
Boston, Massachusetts

The First 2011 meeting of the Task Force on Energy Supply explored transportation energy challenges and opportunities, explored fossil and renewable transportation fuels, new technologies, and federal and state policies. The session also provided time for participants to discuss work products and outcomes for this year’s task force efforts.

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Friday, May 6, 2011

Welcome and Introductions (Located in Salon Prive I & Foyer)

Rep. Al Carlson, Co-Chair

Transportation Technologies

As gasoline prices increase, a broad array of alternative transportation fuels and technologies are coming to market, including plug-in electric, diesel, natural gas, and other technologies. This session explored the market availability, current research and cost of the most viable technologies.

Stephen Russell, Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources  Download PDF Presentation

Natural Gas Fueled Vehicles

Using natural gas as a fuel source is a way to utilize domestic energy resources while decreasing vehicle emissions. Although natural gas buses, vans and other larger vehicles have been produced for many years, there is also potential for natural gas passenger vehicles. This session explored current technology, natural gas resources and trends for the future.

U.S. Oil Supply and Demand, Energy Outlook

With concern over oil imports growing, the outlook for domestic oil production and capacity has become more important. This session reviewed international and domestic output, long-term supplies, price forecasts and other issues.

Nuclear Energy Update

With the challenges faced in Japan, concerns have grown about the safety and future of nuclear energy in the U.S. This session reviewed the cause of the Japanese nuclear crisis, the latest efforts to resolve it, what safety precautions have been taken in the U.S., and what is being considered to ensure a similar event will not occur on American soil.

Diesel Technology

As diesel becomes a much cleaner burning fuel due to new diesel vehicle emissions standards, diesel technology may become more widespread for passenger vehicles. Since diesel vehicles can be as efficient as hybrids, this could significantly decrease the amount of oil imported into the U.S. This session discussed the technology, policy and other issues related to diesel powered cars and trucks.

Vehicle Electrification Technologies

This session looked at the affect that electric vehicles could have on the U.S. electricity sector, explored how utilities will have to adapt to changes in consumer use of electricity through new technologies and policies. The impact on consumers, electricity consumption, and state infrastructure also was addressed.

Task Force Discussion and Next Steps

NCSL staff facilitated the discussion on task force publications, the August Energy Summit and overall goals for the task force.