2014 CSG National Conference

The U.S. electricity sector is undergoing quite a bit of transition, partly because of regulations like section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act.

But those aren’t the only reasons, Jennifer Macedonia, senior adviser with the Bipartisan Policy Institute, said during Monday’s session, “A Closer Look at 111d.”

“We’re also dealing with an aging fleet of generators, which at some point … will need to retired,” she said. “So many of our fleet is past 30 and 40 year mark.”

It is not what you say that matters, it is what they hear.

And, according to Deb Sofield, the public speaking coach at the CSG West Women in Politics session, “they hear less and less.”

While much of Sofield’s presentation, “Next Level Leadership: Promoting Your Position,” was directed primarily to women and about empowering them to be leaders, her advice on making the most of public speaking and media opportunities applies to all elected officials.

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that The Council of State Governments recommends that each state’s elections Web site provide specific information for UOCAVA voters, and that each Web site provide a link to the U.S. Department of Defense Federal Voting Assistance Program Web site; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that The Council of State Governments supports the full funding of HAVA requirements to help states improve electronic communication and information available to military and overseas voters.

This session provided an overview of solar technology and policy. Panelists discussed current markets and trends, the value of solar technology, and benefits and barriers to this technology. Speakers explored how solar technology fits into net metering and discussed the future for solar technology.

Several medical professions have been working with CSG’s National Center on Interstate Compacts to explore the use of compacts to promote license portability to ensure access to high quality health care. These efforts have the potential to help facilitate telemedicine and widen access to a variety of medical services. Licensing compacts also provide a mechanism to ensure state regulatory agencies maintain their licensing and disciplinary authority. This session featured a discussion about the proposed compacts and their potential to enhance access to medical care across the states.