Two dozen lawmakers and legislative staffers from around the U.S. recently visited the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to learn about clean energy technologies and market incentives. The lawmakers are members of a special non-partisan Advisory Council on Energy for the National Conference of State Legislators.
State officials regulate utilities and establish laws that develop markets for renewable energy and energy efficiency. The briefings the council develops with NREL's help will be distributed to state officials nationwide.
‘The world's big, new renewable energy market is the United States,’ says NREL Director Dan Arvizu. ‘If it doesn't happen where you live and in the communities you represent, then it's not going to happen. We have to find ways to move these technologies into the marketplace faster and differently than how we've done it in the past.’
NREL scientists and analysts presented the lawmakers with in-depth views of clean energy strategies to help their states meet aggressive renewable energy portfolio standards, retool their economies and replenish depleted state budgets.
Among the programs they visited were the National Center for Photovoltaics; the National Wind Technology Center and wind-to-hydrogen storage; the National Bioenergy Center, including cellulosic ethanol and algae fuels research; and the VIBE virtual dashboard display of state and community biofuels information.
The group also was briefed on new building design, advanced batteries, plug-in hybrid electric vehicles and analytical capabilities and tools developed by the Strategic Energy Analysis and Applications Center.
SOURCE: National Renewable Energy Laboratory