NASEO Releases Report for States on Incorporating Equity into Clean Energy RD&D

Source: NASEO

On June 17, 2024, NASEO released a report, State Opportunities and Challenges in Supporting a Just Energy Transition: Incorporating Equity into Clean Energy Research, Development, and Demonstration with support from the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Electricity. This report is one of five authored by NASEO, the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC), and the National Governors Association (NGA) summarizing key themes, emerging efforts, and takeaways from an April 2022 State Energy Justice Roundtable hosted in Washington, DC. Participants in the Roundtable included federal and state decision-makers, members of community-based organizations, and subject-matter experts exploring current efforts by states to articulate and incorporate energy justice concerns into their policy, programmatic, and regulatory processes.

NASEO’s report looked at one of the key topics of interest explored at the Roundtable - opportunities and challenges associated with incorporating equity into clean energy research development and demonstration (RD&D) and potential roles of State and Territory Energy Offices in supporting this process. Clean energy RD&D is critical to supporting a reliable and clean electric grid. Innovative clean energy projects will help states and the federal government meet environmental, decarbonization, economic development, energy reliability and resilience, and other goals. State Energy Offices are well positioned to support many of these goals including by providing capital, supporting technical assistance, facilitating partnerships, convening stakeholders, and encouraging workforce and economic development. To access the full report, please click here.