Infrastructure Resources

3/13/2018

NCSL is tracking infrastructure trends for energy, environment and transportation.

Listed below are links to NCSL's infrastructure related resources, publications, reports, articles, presentations and LegisBriefs.

 

 

Transportation Infrastructure Resources

Autonomous Vehicles

Panorama transport and logistic concept by truck boat plane for logistic Import export background.

  • Autonomous Vehicles Legislative Database, February 2018 | Database | As the technology for autonomous vehicles continues to develop, state governments are beginning to debate and address the potential benefits and impacts of these vehicles.
  • Infrastructure for a Transformed Future, Blaine D. Leonard, P.E., F.ASCE Technology & Innovation Engineer ,Utah Deptartment of Transportation, October 2017, Presentation | Six Trends Transforming Transportation. 
  • NCSL's State Transportation Leaders Symposium, October 2017 | Presentations | NCSL hosted the State Transportation Leaders | Symposium: Current Challenges and the Future of Autonomy Oct. 25-27, in Denver. More than 30 legislative transportation leaders gathered to learn about and discuss state transportation policy challenges and opportunities.

Drones

  • Drones and Critical Infrastructure, September 2016 | Report | It is increasingly coming to the attention of state policymakers, however, who are attempting to strike a balance between public safety and commercial use. Energy companies are interested in using drones to survey far-flung equipment, but concerns exist over how drones could be used in attacks against these facilities.
  • NCSL Foundation Partnership Project on Unmanned Aircraft Systems, June 2016 | Report | As the Federal Aviation Administration works to integrate UAS into American airspace, state policymakers and their constituents are working to tap the potential of UAS for public and private applications. NCSL's unmanned aircraft systems partnership is an important step in informing those efforts.

Funding and Finance

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Public-Private Partnerships

Environment Infrastructure Resources

Water treatment plant and water supply.

  • Energy and Environmental Legislation Database | Database | This page contains a public database for tracking energy and environmental legislation at the state level for all 50 states. The Energy and Environment Legislation Tracking Database is updated and summarized weekly.
  • Environmental Health Legislative Database, Database |NCSL tracks environmental health bills that have been introduced in the 50 states and the District of Columbia. Environmental health legislation addresses environmental factors that may adversely impact human health or the ecological balances essential to long-term human health and environmental quality, whether in the natural or man-made environment.
  • What's in the White House's Infrastructure Plan? February 2018 | Blog | The Trump administration's “Legislative Options for Rebuilding Infrastructure in America,” released Monday, breaks down into three parts: funding and finance, additional provisions and infrastructure permitting improvement.
  • How to Fund (and Finance) the Fixes Our Infrastructure Needs, August 2017 | Blog | Alex Herrgott, associate director for infrastructure for the White House Council on Environmental Quality, laid out the stakes and the administration's priorities for addressing them. Among the numbers: nearly 10 percent of the nation's bridges were considered structurally deficient last year. 
  • NCSL States Its Case on Infrastructure, May 2017 | Blog | NCSL, represented by Utah Senator and immediate past NCSL President Curt Bramble, joined state and local leaders from the National Association of Counties, United States Conference of Mayors, and National League of Cities Wednesday for a robust conversation about the role of state and local governments in building, maintaining and improving America’s infrastructure and how Congress can help support the nation’s infrastructure needs.
  • President Formally Releases Infrastructure Plan, February 2017 | Info Alert | The plan is broken down into three main parts —funding and finance, additional provisions, and infrastructure permitting improvement.
  • Environment Federal Update, February 2016 | Climate Infrastructure Fund to be administered by the EPA. The president's budget would also increase funding for the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund but decrease the Clean Water State Revolving Fund.

Water

Flint, MI water treatment plant.

  • Lead Water Service Lines, February 2018 | Report | Lead is rarely found naturally in source water or in the treated water flowing through the distribution system. Lead more often leaches into water over time through corrosion of lead in water pipes or their components, dissolving or wearing away of metal caused by a chemical reaction between water and plumbing. Lead can leach into water from pipes, solder, fixtures, faucets (brass) and fittings.
  • State Rainwater Harvesting Laws and Legislation, February 2018 | Report | Droughts, water supply worries and population changes serve as catalysts for states to consider legislation related to water conservation and alternative sources of water including rainwater harvesting. State legislatures have considered bills to allow, define and clarify when, where and how rainwater harvesting may occur. Rainwater harvesting is commonly defined as the act of utilizing a system to collect and use rainwater for outdoor uses, plumbing, and, in some cases, consumption. 
  • State Efforts to Protect and Pay for Clean Drinking Water, January 2018 | Blog | Lead in drinking water systems, harmful algal blooms, stormwater sewer overflows and droughts have put states under increasing pressure to protect drinking water supplies and address faltering infrastructure. 

Energy Infrastructure Resources

  • States Explore Energy Banks as a Financing Tool, January 2015 | LegisBrief | As state policymakers continue to look for ways to boost efficient and renewable energy—as well as to increase resiliency by making systems less vulnerable to weather-related power outages—some are turning to energy banks. Such banks combine public-sector funds with private-sector financing to lower the cost of investing in renewable or energy-efficient technology.
  • State Energy Banks, Dec. 1, 2014 | Report | States are exploring energy banks as a way to promote energy efficiency, renewable energy and resiliency. Energy banks combine public sector funds with private sector financing to lower the cost of renewable or energy-efficient technology investments.

Energy Security and Critical Infrastructure

Solar panels with wind turbines and electricity pylon at sunset.

  • Open Government Laws and Critical Energy Infrastructure, December 2017 | Report | As threats to the U.S. energy infrastructure grow, states and federal agencies attempt to strike a balance between maintaining the principle of open governance and providing adequate security to the systems and infrastructure that are critical to everyday life.
  • Energy Policy Summit at NCSL Legislative Summit, Boston, August 2017 | Presentations | This year’s 2017 Energy Policy Summit examined the grid infrastructure challenges and solutions, as well as the rapidly transforming energy market, the risks posed by declining baseload resources, and the technologies that are enabling this transformation. 
  • Task Force on Energy Supply Meeting at NCSL Legislative Summit, Boston, August 2017 | Presentations | The Energy Supply Task Force met in Boston, Mass. on Aug. 5, 2017, in conjunction with NCSL's Legislative Summit. The meeting included a tour of EnerNoc Demand Response Center, where attendees learned about maximizing the economic benefits of energy storage with Demand Energy.
  • Presidential Order Aims to Strengthen Cybersecurity of Federal, May 2017 | Blog | The president issued an executive order, Strengthening the Cybersecurity of Federal Networks and Critical Infrastructure, on May 11.
  • Protecting Pipelines from Excavation Damage, May 2017 | LegisBrief  | There are enough pipelines crisscrossing the United States to wrap around the Earth 100 times. Most of these pipelines are buried underground, delivering natural gas, oil and other petroleum products necessary for electricity generation, transportation, heating and cooling.
  • Underground Natural Gas Storage, May 2017 |  Presentation |  Million Miles of Pipeline Infrastructure, Natural Gas, hazardous liquids, Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) and Underground Natural Gas Storage Facilities.
  • Drones and Critical Infrastructure, September 2016 | Report | When it comes to drone use near critical infrastructure, the issue has—much like the drones themselves—largely flown under the radar.
  • Energy Risk and Critical Infrastructure Workshop, May 2016 |  Presentation | This day-and-a-half workshop provided legislators and utility commission staff methods to examine and reduce risks to the nation’s energy supply and the electric grid.
  • State Efforts to Protect the Electric Grid, April 2016 | Report | There are growing threats to the nation's critical infrastructure and lawmakers have been working to address these issues through a variety of measures.
  • How States Protect Pipelines from Excavation Damage with an Interactive Guide to State One-Call Laws, March 2016 | Report | More than 2.6 million miles of pipelines crisscross the United States, with most of them buried underground. These arteries of the nation’s energy infrastructure stretch far and wide, and the ubiquitous nature of pipelines means that, without proper planning, any construction project that breaks ground risks damaging existing underground infrastructure. 
  • Task Force on Energy Supply Presentations - NCSL Capitol Forum,  December 2015 | Presentations | About 100 commercial nuclear reactors in the U.S generate almost 20 percent on the nation’s electricity, but that could change given a number of recent announcements prompting reactor shutdowns.
  • The Changing Mix: Reliability and Infrastrucutre Needs, November 2015 | Presentation | Reliability and Infrastructure issues are partially linked and both required longer term and shorter term considerations Fossil Energy.
  • Energy Supply Task Force Meeting at NCSL Legislative Summit, Seattle, August 2015 | Presentations | Hurricanes, attacks on energy substations, severe cold, drought and cyber threats continue to demonstrate the importance of creating resilient energy infrastructure. The energy system failures and disruptions created by these incidents have serious economic and human welfare consequences. 
  • What's Coming Down the Pipe: The Fundamentals of Securing America's Natural Gas Pipelines, May 2015 | Report | Natural gas pipelines are spread throughout the U.S., often through densely populated areas, delivering gas for electricity generation, transportation, and heating and cooling. The tremendous increase in U.S. natural gas supplies that new drilling technologies have uncovered is beginning to strain the capabilities of existing pipeline infrastructure.
  • Task Force on Energy Supply Forum Presentations, December 2014 | Complying with EPA’s proposed climate regulations will require significant and coordinated efforts among state legislatures, environmental commissioners, energy offices and utilities.
  • Energy Policy Summit, NCSL Legislative Summit, August 2014 | Presentations | A variety of new technologies, combined with a growth in distributed energy generation, is profoundly changing the how the electric grid operates. How will the grid evolve and adapt to new demands for flexibility driven by the growing trend toward decentralized power production? 
  • Task Force on Energy Supply Legislative Summit Presentations, August 2014 | The race to natural gas in the electric industry, driven by low prices and emissions concerns, is heightening the relationship between natural gas delivery and electricity reliability.
  • Energy Development and the Department of Defense: State Policy Options Webinar, July 2014 |  states and localities experience a dramatic increase in the number of sitting and construction permits for utility-scale renewable energy, and associated electric power transmission projects, the potential for conflict with Department of Defense (DoD) activities increases. 

Renewable Energy

  • Energy Siting and Compatibility with the Military Mission, May 2016 | Report | As states and localities increase renewable energy capacity and related electrical transmission to meet demand and fulfill renewable portfolio standards, the expansion into previously undeveloped land may affect the military mission.
  • State Legislative Approaches to Wind Energy Facility Siting, April 2016 | Report | As states and localities increase renewable energy capacity and related electrical transmission to meet demand and fulfill renewable portfolio standards, the expansion into previously undeveloped land may affect the military mission.
  • Banking on Energy, SL Magazine, April 2015 | State policymakers continue to investigate ways to increase efficiency and develop renewable energy—as well as to bolster resiliency by making the energy system less vulnerable to outages—some are turning to energy banks. State energy banks (also known as “green” or “resilience” banks) are public-private partnerships that combine public funding with private capital and expertise to lower the cost of investing in renewable, resilient or efficient energy projects. 
  • States Explore Energy Banks as a Financing Tool, January 2015 | LegisBrief | As state policymakers continue to look for ways to boost efficient and renewable energy—as well as to increase resiliency by making systems less vulnerable to weather-related power outages—some are turning to energy banks.

Transmission

  • Transmission Policy Institute, Agenda and Presentations, Denver, May 2015 | The demands of an increasingly complex energy system are stressing the nation’s energy grid, which will require a tremendous amount of investment in the coming years to ensure the power transmission and distribution system can handle current and future needs.
  • Protecting the Grid: Reducing Risks to the Nation’s Energy Network, December 2014 | Webinar | Hurricanes, attacks on energy substations, severe cold, drought and cyber attacks continue to demonstrate the importance of creating resilient energy infrastructure.
  • Energy Development Near Military Operations, September 2014 | LegisBrief  | While most military installations were built in then-remote areas, the rapid pace of development in recent years has pushed communities closer to perimeter fences. The cumulative effect of incompatible development near military installations, also known as encroachment, threatens the military’s ability to execute its mission.

Military Infrastructure Resources

Jets flying over Buckley air field.

  • Preparing for Duty: State Policy Options to Sustain Military Installations, April 2017 | Report | This report highlights the impact of the military on state economies and provides state policy options to support military-community cooperation and address land use challenges that may arise as the buffer between military and civilian areas narrows.
  • Energy Development Near Military Operations, September 2014 | LegisBrief | While most military installations were built in then-remote areas, the rapid pace of development in recent years has pushed communities closer to perimeter fences. The cumulative effect of incompatible development near military installations, also known as encroachment, threatens the military’s ability to execute its mission.
  • Shared Services Agreements, July 2013 | Presentation |  Forming Military - Community Partnerships.