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SSEB’s Annual Report gives an overview of the current achievements of our many programs, meetings and activities. Complete with photographs from the year, as well as detailed analyses of SSEB projects, the report is an entertaining and informative read. Right-click the image below and “Save Link As” to download our latest interactive report.
ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENT LEGISLATIVE DIGEST
This annual publication is the compendium of legislation passed by the Board’s 18 member states and territories during the current legislative session. The Digest is used as a research tool and reference for state legislators, their staff, and industry to develop and refine laws in their respective states.
SOUTHERN STATES REGIONAL ENERGY PROFILES
An overview of the changing patterns of energy consumption across the American South and their impacts on energy independence and security, reliability, and economic growth. A cooperative venture between the Southern States Energy Board and the Kentucky Department of Energy Development and Independence of the Energy and Environment Cabinet, this report is expected to serve as a foundation for the discussion of energy programs, policies and technologies that can enhance economic development and the quality of life in the region. The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet is to be commended for their skillful and groundbreaking modeling designs that have shaped the direction and substance of this report. Both organizations are indebted to the United States Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy, which provided grant funding to perform the assessments contained herein.
Download: Southern States Regional Energy Profiles (Updated July 1, 2016)
LEGISLATIVE PRIMER: COAL-RELATED LEGISLATION IN THE UNITED STATES
The primer serves as a resource that highlights recently-enacted coal legislation relating to extraction, resource utilization, fiscal issues, technology development, grid reliability and emissions concerns as well as incentives for carbon dioxide (CO₂) capture and storage and CO₂-enhanced oil recovery technology deployment. The document is regularly updated to contain recently enacted legislation.
Download: Legislative Primer (Updated May 18, 2017)
A GUIDE TO STATE OIL & GAS REGULATORY ENTITIES IN THE SOUTH
This publication highlights how states conserve and maximize oil and gas resources, while protecting health, safety and the environment. Each of our Southern States Energy Board member states, who have appointed entities for oil and gas regulation, organize their board, commission or council differently; however, they share a common goal. Our member states understand that the responsible and environmentally safe development of our resources not only strengthens our economy by creating and maintaining jobs, but also lessens our dependence on foreign resources, making oil and natural gas more affordable for consumers and businesses.
A POLICY, LEGAL, AND REGULATORY EVALUATION OF THE FEASIBILITY OF A NATIONAL PIPELINE INFRASTRUCTURE FOR THE TRANSPORT AND STORAGE OF CARBON DIOXIDE
The Southern States Energy Board and Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission established the Pipeline Transportation Task Force (PTTF) in April 2009 as part of the Southeast Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnership (SECARB) program. This report provides recommendations from the PTTF’s evaluation of the regulatory status and current level of development of CO₂ pipelines and identifies policies that would encourage rational build-out of a future CO₂ pipeline system in the United States.
BLACKWATER ENERGY AND WATER INTERDEPENDENCY ISSUES: BEST PRACTICES AND LESSONS LEARNED
Water, energy and emergency management professionals came together over two days in April 2007 to explore responses each sector should make in times of crisis as energy facilities are impacted by weather events, leading to interruption of energy supply to water and wastewater treatment facilities and other infrastructure impacts. Some 90 representatives of electric and gas utilities; water and watershed management; state energy, environmental and emergency response officials; the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; FEMA; and national water management associations met to review best practices and explore solutions to a series of tornadoes that moved through the city of Decatur, Georgia, up through the Atlanta region over a 24 hour period.
This useful publication summarizes the basics of the electricity supply system, water and waste water systems, and emergency local and state energy assurance guidelines. How does the electric utility respond to a tornado watch at 3 am? When do backup generators go online at the water utility? What priority do hospitals have as electricity and water supplies are restored following a significant storm event? How do the electric, gas and water utilities maintain coordination in the midst of chaotic events of a weather disaster? Should public policy mandate that manufactured home parks have a safe, common area? Are there evacuation and emergency responder vehicle routes that require gasoline stations with auxiliary backup energy supply so they can be operated in times of crisis? These and other relevant issues discussed in this summary can result in a response team that is better prepared and ready to react when the next weather event occurs.
CARBON CAPTURE AND SEQUESTRATION LEGISLATION IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
At the time of publication, there were 23 states with Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) related legislation, which are: AZ, MI, NY, PA, CA, IL, KY, MN, OK, VA, CO, FL, IN, KS, LA, MS, MT, ND, NM, TX, WA, WV and WY. Four states had CCS Bills Pending as of 2011, which are: AZ, MI, NY and PA.
While coal power is associated mainly with the Midwest and Appalachian regions, the states with CCS legislation represent a comprehensive cross section of the country. This study on state CCS legislation does not include every element addressed by these bills. Instead, it is intended to give an overview of four key areas identified as necessary elements of a broader comprehensive regulatory framework governing CCS activities. The key areas are Project Authority, Pore Space and Carbon Dioxide (CO₂) Ownership, Liability and Financing Sources.
DIGEST OF CLIMATE CHANGE AND ENERGY INITIATIVES IN THE SOUTH
Compiled by the Southern States Energy Board (SSEB) at the request of the Southern Governors’ Association’s 2008-09 Chairman, Virginia Governor Tim Kaine, this compendium provides a summary of the climate change and energy policy initiatives currently underway in the 16 states and two territories represented by the member states of these organizations.
FRESHWATER AVAILABILITY AND CONSTRAINTS ON THERMOELECTRIC POWER GENERATION IN THE SOUTHEAST U.S.
This report estimates the likely availability of freshwater for additional thermoelectric generation in twelve states within the region encompassed by the Southern States Energy Board (SSEB). The SSEB states that the report evaluates are: AL, AK, FL, GA, KY, LA, MD, MS, NC, OK, SC, TN, TX, VA, and WV. Thermoelectric power plants; coal, oil, natural gas and nuclear; fueled power generators; require vast quantities of water for steam generation and cooling. For example, a 500- MW coal-fired power plant burns approximately 250 tons per hour of coal while using over 12 million gallons of water per hour for cooling turbine exhaust. This publication gives an excellent overview of such data and its effects on future forecasts and resource availability and use.
NUCLEAR ENERGY: CORNERSTONE OF SOUTHERN LIVING TODAY AND TOMORROW
More than 100 nuclear power plants operate in 31 states, including 44 reactors in SSEB member states. They are the nation’s second-leading source of electricity, after coal, with average electricity production costs that are cheaper than coal or natural gas. Nuclear power also helps states meet Clean Air Act goals as well as reduce carbon. Without nuclear energy, carbon dioxide emissions would have been 28 percent greater in the electricity industry in 2004
This publication examines nuclear power in the South from both an historic perspective as well as an academic one, focusing on supply, demand, waste, plant design and construction, and policy.
PRELIMINARY EVALUATION OF OFFSHORE TRANSPORT AND GEOLOGIC STORAGE OF CARBON DIOXIDE
On October 24, 2013, the Southern States Energy Board and Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission jointly released a report entitled Preliminary Evaluation of Offshore Transport and Geologic Storage of Carbon Dioxide. The report explores geological and technical topics that should be considered in developing and applying a robust legal and regulatory framework that will facilitate the design and deployment of successful offshore CO₂ storage projects. The report has been prepared to inform and assist policymakers and regulators who will authorize and regulate potential offshore projects, operators who will design and implement potential projects, and the wide range of stakeholders with interest in these projects. This work is supported within the SECARB program funded by the U.S. Department of Energy National Energy Technology Laboratory and cost-sharing partners.
RENEWABLE PORTFOLIO STANDARDS IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
A handy compendium of information compiled from the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE), this document is a handy reference tool for those interested in trends, technologies and policy objectives regarding Renewable Portfolio Standards.
Download: Renewable Portfolio Standards
SOUTHERN MUTUAL RADIATION ASSISTANCE PLAN (SMRAP)
This plan provides a mechanism for coordinating radiological emergency assistance capabilities among participating states. SMRAP is authorized under the provisions of the Southern Agreement for Mutual State Radiological Assistance. It is reviewed, revised and administered on a permanent basis by the Southern Emergency Response Council (SERC), which was established for that purpose under the terms of the agreement. The council consists of radiological health program directors from each signatory state and the executive director of the Southern States Energy Board.
The plan contains general provisions and detailed resource information and is designed to serve the needs of state administrators as well as state radiological health personnel in their everyday activities. This document is updated regularly to ensure accuracy of federal and state agency information.
SOUTHEAST REGIONAL CARBON SEQUESTRATION PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM
The Southeast Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnership (SECARB) is a regional network of more than 100 stakeholders with a common goal of determining the best approaches for capturing and permanently storing carbon dioxide in deep geologic reservoirs. This report summarizes the status of the field projects underway in the Southeast. SECARB is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy/National Energy Technology Laboratory with cost-sharing by SECARB partners.
Download: SECARB Book
STATE ENERGY OFFICES IN THE SOUTH
State Energy Offices (SEOs) are offices within each state or territory that have the primary responsibility of constructing and administrating energy related programs, as well as providing funding for energy concerns. The structure and organization of a SEO can vary from each state or territory. State Energy Offices in the South addresses the structure of SEO’s, their funding, and other information regarding SEOs within the SSEB’s region. The state energy office profiles in this publication present the reader with a snap shot of activities underway as of July 2011.
Download: State Energy Offices in the South