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State Representative Al Landis (R-Dover) recently attended the Council of State Governments’ policy academy titled “Building Relationships between Regulators and Legislators” in Washington, D.C.


The CSG Policy Academy covered a variety of critical energy issues for states, including the role of the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act as a driver of conservation and renewable energy, valuation of baseload power, strategies for cost-effective distributed energy resources and challenges to natural gas pipeline construction.


About two dozen people, including legislators and regulators, were selected to attend from 18 states.


“I was very pleased to represent Ohio at such an important gathering of legislators and regulators,” said Landis. “Ohio is being recognized as a leader in energy and having a seat at the table is important as we move forward developing policy and regulation.”


The CSG Policy Academy was part of a broader CSG initiative dedicated to examining the interactions and relationships between and within the legislative and executive branches to foster enhanced awareness, communication and cross-branch collaboration among state officials working in the energy and environment arena.


“The energy landscape in the country is going through a dramatic transformation,” said Devashree Saha, CSG director of energy and environmental policy. “As we see increasing use of non-traditional resources— such as renewable and demand-side management—there are real technical, policy and market issues that need to be understood and addressed. In addition to providing a forum for state regulators and legislators working on energy issues to get to know one another, this policy academy was also designed to provide an opportunity for these state policymakers to discuss many of the critical energy issues they are facing in their states.”


For more information about the CSG Policy Academy series, visit www.csg.org/events/PolicyAcademies.aspx.


The Council of State Governments is the nation’s only organization serving all three branches of state government. CSG is a region-based forum that fosters the exchange of insights and ideas to help state officials shape public policy. This offers unparalleled regional, national and international opportunities to network, develop leaders, collaborate and create problem-solving partnerships.

 
 
 
  
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