The Council helps to shape emerging, and support existing, policies at the state and regional levels that promote the deployment of clean energy technologies. In this effort, the Council hosts educational outreach events, as well as in-person meetings with state energy officials, utility commissioners, BCSE members and others. The Council’s education before the states is focused on market and policy impacts to drive policy action, energy planning, and best practices.
General Policy Positions
A diverse portfolio of energy resources that includes clean energy technologies can benefit overall energy system reliability. Existing underutilized generation, clean new generation, demand and supply-side energy efficiency, and demand response can create flexibilities to alleviate concerns regarding reliability.
These generation and efficiency resources can be coupled with timely, market responsive infrastructure improvements in the areas of transmission, alternative energy, Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and natural gas pipelines in order to further enhance system efficiency and reliability, and create smart cities.
A diverse portfolio of energy resources that includes energy efficiency, renewable energy and natural gas can:
- Lessen congestion on the power grid
- Significantly reduce water use associated with electricity production
- Improve air quality and reduce harmful emissions
- Offer economic development benefits
- Promote energy security
The Council’s State and Regional Policy Committee provides BCSE members with access to state officials responsible for developing energy plans and clean energy initiatives. The Committee engages with national groups such as the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC), the National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO), National Governors’ Association (NGA), the Governors’ Accord, and specific targeted states and regional climate initiatives, such as the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), the Western Climate Initiative and the Under2Coalition, among others.
The Committee conducts outreach to states to ensure that energy efficiency, renewable energy and natural gas are utilized by states to comply with federal and state initiatives to transition to clean energy.
BCSE State and Regional Policy Committee
The BCSE State and Regional Policy Committee convenes quarterly meetings to provide updates and information sharing among BCSE members, hear from guest speakers to share information about developments of interest, and to track the development of state and regional activities.
To read the Council’s official public recommendations to these state and regional initiatives, please see Policy Recommendations & Public Statements.