Research / Energy & Environment
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Webinar | March 2021
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
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.
Webinar | July 2020
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.
SLC Energy & Environment Committee
Jim Gooch Jr.
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
Other | December 2019
SLC Regional Resource | April 2019
Policy Analysis | March 2019
Other | January 2019
SLC Special Series Report | October 2018
SLC Special Series Report | January 2018
SLC Special Series Report | May 2017
Webinar | January 2017
Webinar | July 2016
Webinar | May 2016
Policy Analysis | April 2016
Policy Analysis | March 2016
Webinar | January 2016
SLC Issue Alert | December 2015
Presentation | December 2015
SLC Regional Resource | October 2015
Policy Analysis | October 2015
Webinar | June 2015
SLC Issue Alert | April 2015
SLC Regional Resource | March 2015
SLC Regional Resource | February 2015
SLC Regional Resource | December 2014
Webinar | December 2014
Policy Analysis | December 2014
Webinar | October 2014
Policy Analysis | September 2014
Webinar | July 2014
SLC Regional Resource | April 2014
Webinar | October 2013
Policy Analysis | January 2012
SLC Special Series Report | August 2011
Policy Analysis | May 2011
Policy Analysis | April 2011
SLC Regional Resource | June 2010
SLC Regional Resource | May 2010
SLC Regional Resource | January 2008
SLC Regional Resource | June 2004
SLC Regional Resource | January 2004
SLC Regional Resource | April 2002
SLC Regional Resource | October 2000