National Governors Association – Planning for the future workshop: Strategies to meet Governors’ clean energy goals, 28-29 Oct 2020
Executive Director Craig Lewis presented at this event, which took place virtually on 28-29 October 2020.
The Clean Coalition’s Executive Director presented during the “Meeting State Energy Resilience Priories” session on Thursday, 29 October, 1:15-2:00pm Pacific Time. Mr. Lewis presented on Community Microgrids: Unparalleled trifecta of benefits.
The National Governors Associations Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) hosted this national workshop to help Governors meet their clean energy, resilience, equity, and other goals. This workshop was meant to assist Governors and their staff in exploring avenues to meet their energy priorities. Strategies currently being pursued by Governors that were discussed included: enhancing clean energy procurement targets to meet decarbonization and other goals, integrating new technologies on the grid, addressing infrastructure needs, all while keeping an eye toward reliability, resilience, affordability, and access to these technologies. This workshop provided Governors’ staff with policy and regulatory solutions to help meet their state energy goals, addressed areas for regional collaboration, and allowed time for small group discussions among state representatives.
In the “Meeting State Energy Resilience Priories” session, experts discussed best practices focusing on maintaining reliability and resilience as new technologies are integrated into the grid. Microgrids and non-wires alternatives are some of the technologies gaining in popularity for resilience applications. Many states are setting aggressive clean energy targets, and it is important to pair these goals with comprehensive state energy plans and utility integrated resource plans. The session also included strategies for states to collaborate with federal partners.