Research / Energy & Environment

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Webinar | March 2021

Ensuring the Security and Resiliency of America's Energy Grid

Nick Bowman

In recent years, the security and resiliency of America's energy grid have come under increased scrutiny due to cyber security threats, terrorism and natural disasters. The 2016 hacking of Vermont's Burlington Electric by foreign actors exposed the vulnerability of computer systems and served as a warning to other utility providers. Experts predict that this type of attack and others will continue. Widespread power outages caused by Winter Storm Uri have further highlighted the importance of this issue. This program explores the policies and initiatives that governments and utility providers are undertaking to increase the security and resiliency of America's energy grid.


Amy Thomas, Senior Government Relations Director, American Public Power Association, Washington, D.C.
Kimberly Denbow, Managing Director, Security & Operations, American Gas Association, Washington, D.C.

Webinar | October 2020

Flood Planning and Mitigation: Lessons from South Carolina and Texas

Nick Bowman

In recent years, Southern states have been inundated by major flood events. The impacts of these events can create significant and long-term strain on states' economies, both in terms of tangible losses and damages, as well as lost productivity. A study by the National Institute of Building Sciences found that every dollar spent on disaster mitigation saves $6 in future disaster costs. Southern states are beginning to take a more proactive approach to flood planning, pivoting from a recovery-oriented approach to one focused on resiliency and mitigation. This program highlights flood mitigation planning and policies undertaken in South Carolina and Texas.


Thomas Mullikin, Chair, South Carolina Floodwater Commission
Kathleen Ligon, Program Manager and Special Assistant, Texas Water Development Board

Webinar | July 2020

Stranded Investments in the Energy Sector

Nick Bowman

SLC Energy & Environment Committee Virtual Program

Presiding Officer: Senator Ed Emery, Missouri; Chair, SLC Energy & Environment Committee

Stranded investments, sometimes called stranded costs or stranded assets, are the historic financial obligations incurred by utilities that, due to changes in market conditions, are rendered unrecoverable. As natural gas, renewable resources and battery storage increase their share of the energy generation market, a growing number of utilities are opting for the early retirement of existing coal-fired plants, resulting in millions of dollars in stranded investments. With energy use down due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this program focuses on the implications of stranded investments and explores possible policy solutions.


Emily Sandford Fisher, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Edison Electric Institute, Washington, D.C.

Representative Jim Gooch Jr., Kentucky

Jim Gooch Jr.


Vice Chair
Senator Ken Yager

Ken Yager


Past Chair

Ed Emery


Nick Bowman

Nick Bowman
Policy Analyst

The SLC Energy & Environment Committee considers issues related to the abundant natural resources of Southern states and the pivotal role they play in the region's economic prosperity. In sustaining economic development, meeting growing energy needs, and maintaining the South's high quality of life, states are increasingly recognizing the need to forge energy and environmental policies that ensure sound stewardship of the region's resources. Recent issues examined include the expansion of wind energy production in Southern states; waste tire disposal laws; interstate groundwater disputes; and the implications of federal energy and environment policies on the states.

More SLC research into Energy & Environment

SLC Regional Resource | January 2020

The Netherlands Model: Flood Resilience in Southern States

Other | December 2019

Issues to Watch - 2020

Policy Analysis | March 2019

Disposal of Coal Combustion Residuals

Other | January 2019

Issues to Watch - 2019

SLC Special Series Report | October 2018

Blown Away: Wind Energy in the Southern States (Part III)

SLC Special Series Report | January 2018

Blown Away: Wind Energy in the Southern States (Part II)

SLC Special Series Report | May 2017

Blown Away: Wind Energy in Southern States (Part 1)

Policy Analysis | April 2016

Landfill Tipping Fees

Policy Analysis | October 2015

Wild Fires

SLC Regional Resource | February 2015

SLC State Efforts to Rebuild the Coastline

SLC Regional Resource | December 2014

Charging Forward: Net Metering Policies in SLC States

Webinar | December 2014

Non-Ratepayer Energy Efficiency Options

Policy Analysis | December 2014

Southern States' State Energy Plans

Policy Analysis | September 2014

Climate Change Legislation in the Southern States

Policy Analysis | January 2012

Property Assessment Clean Energy (PACE) Programs

Policy Analysis | May 2011

Natural Gas Recovery and "Hydrofracking"

Policy Analysis | April 2011

Nuclear Safety in a Post-Fukushima World

SLC Regional Resource | June 2010

Creating Value: Recycling in the Southern States

SLC Regional Resource | January 2008

Landfill Gas to Fuel

SLC Regional Resource | October 2000

The War over Water