December 17, 2014
Energy policies in Southern Legislative Conference (SLC) member states are undergoing substantial changes as installations of distributed generation systems, such as rooftop solar panels and other small-scale renewable energy technologies, continue to expand. This expansion has been encouraged by state and federal tax credits, which have made renewable energy technology, especially solar energy technology, increasingly affordable. Further encouraging the installation of distributed generation technologies is the availability of net metering programs.
Increases in the use of distributed generation systems by consumers have led to an increase in demand for utilities to offer net metering. Of the 15 states represented by the SLC, 11 have statewide net metering policies, while Texas has a voluntary policy. This SLC Regional Resource reviews the concept of net metering and analyzes the status and nature of net metering legislation and trends in SLC member states.
December 12, 2014
A delegation of state legislative leaders from five Southern states, including Senate President Robert Stivers, Kentucky (2014/2015 SLC Chair-Elect); Senator Bill Sample, Arkansas; Senator Ron Richard, Missouri; Representative Brent Yonts, Kentucky (2014/2015 SLC Economic Development, Transportation and Cultural Affairs Committee Vice Chair); and Representative Samuel Rivers, Jr., South Carolina, recently traveled to Miami and Fort Lauderdale, Florida, for high-level briefings on the state’s impressive multimodal transportation strategies. The agenda was designed to provide first-hand information to legislators from SLC member states about Florida’s efforts to enhance its multimodal capacities as a mechanism to promote international and domestic trade. Further details are available here.
December 2, 2014
The Southern Legislative Conference will host a complimentary webinar addressing recent developments in public-private partnerships (P3s) across SLC member states at 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. EST, Tuesday, December 16, 2014. In an effort to develop alternate funding sources to implement critical transportation and infrastructure projects, states across the country increasingly are looking to P3s as an important strategy. P3s are contractual agreements between a public agency and a private entity facilitating a more robust private sector role, including in the design, construction, finance, long-term operation and traffic revenue of these transportation and infrastructure projects. With encouragement from the federal government, three dozen states have enacted authorization frameworks for P3s. SLC states have been particularly active in pursuing the P3 format for a number of years. This webinar will provide the latest perspectives and approaches from three SLC states—Florida, Texas and Virginia.