Clean Energy Legislative Academy2018-11-15T23:16:06+00:00

Clean Energy Legislative Academy

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I learned a lot here, but the resources and contacts I received will be particularly helpful in working on policy moving forward.

September 2017 Attendee

The academy was a deep dive that actually gave information on drafting, the only conference I ever attended like it.

September 2017 Attendee

The academy exceeded my expectations; It was much more participatory and more collegial than anticipated.

September 2017 Attendee

My experience at the Academy will provide great policy and law making guidance. I will be able to discuss both sides of the clean energy argument with a great focus on the benefits of clean energy.

September 2017 Attendee

I feel that I am leaving having successfully identified actionable legislation concepts that would make a difference in my state.

September 2017 Attendee

CNEE has been a valuable mix of information and inspiration. I am already beginning to develop bills that are drawing directly on what I learned here. I also appreciate that the CNEE staff and faculty are making themselves available to consult with us as we work in the coming year.

September 2017 Attendee

All of the information presented was incredibly thorough and relevant to my legislative work.

September 2018 Attendee

I really enjoyed the collaborative nature of the breakout sessions. It was great to learn from the other participants.

September 2018 Attendee

I learned an incredible amount of helpful information. I gained substantive ideas for legislation. Moreover, I sincerely appreciated the bipartisan approach.

July 2018 Attendee

The Academy is a very organized and well-designed opportunity to learn more about clean energy and ways to implement clean energy through legislation.

July 2018 Attendee
Click here to apply to the 2019 Clean Energy Legislative Academy

The Clean Energy Legislative Academy brings together a bi-partisan cohort of state legislators and their energy staffers to learn about emerging energy issues and resources they’ll need, to develop effective clean energy policy in their states. To date, 48 state legislators from 29 states have attended the Academy.

In July of each year, CNEE convenes a bipartisan group of state legislators for a three-day conference in Breckenridge, Colorado. At the Academy, legislators learn from a team of expert policy ‘faculty’ in a variety of issue areas, they share their stories with one another, and discuss their plans for making their states more competitive in the clean energy marketplace. This year, 24 democratic and republican state legislators from across the nation convened to discuss energy storage, grid modernization, renewable energy, and electric transportation. In 2017, 24 legislators from 15 states attended the inaugural three-day Clean Energy Legislative Academy (CELA). 2017’s session focused on energy storage, grid modernization, electric transportation, new utility business models, and clean energy financing. To build on the success of the July event, CNEE convenes respective legislative staff members and returning legislators for a deep dive workshop. Alongside expert faculty, attendees participate in an in-depth workshop which explores more detailed policy solutions to the key issue areas identified by legislators in July. 

View photos and additional attendee testimonials below.

In addition to the Academy, our Center maintains a variety of resources to assist policy makers in developing state clean energy policy. The State Policy Opportunity Tracker (SPOT) for Clean Energy is a 50-state clean energy policy gap analysis. The Advanced Energy Legislative Tracker is a database that tracks all introduced state clean energy legislation. Finally, our Clean Energy Policy Guide for State Legislatures is a quick reference guide that outlines key policy design in an interactive e-book format. Links to each of these free resources are below. The resources link, also found below, links to various presentations, papers, and resources specific to the Clean Energy Legislative Academy. 

Resources for Attendees

Thank you, 2018 Attendees!

Recruiting for the July 2019 Academy will begin soon! If you are a state legislator interested in attending, please contact alison.anson@colostate.edu.

During the week of the Clean Energy Legislative Academy, attendees will: 

  • Learn about energy policy related to trending issues across the nation as well as state specific strategies.
  • Utilize various energy policy tools relevant to attendees and their state
  • Discuss policy ideas with energy experts and experienced policy advisors
  • Identify clean energy policy gaps in their state
  • Enjoy the Colorado scenery while getting to know other legislators from across the nation

Download the CELA brochure.

“I really enjoyed the Academy. A big plus was bringing different views to the table to solve and address energy issues. I believe this should be the way a lot of issues are addressed instead of everyone going to their own political corners. Staff and speakers were very well informed and Governor Ritter set the tone on the opening night. Energy is something both parties can agree on and should work on together.”

Delegate Terry Kilgore (R) Virginia, July 2018

“After eight years as a legislator this is the first major clean energy conference that I have attended. I have learned so much and connected on such a deep level in terms of policy insights, best practices, evidence based perspectives, data, and relationships. So, I’m really pleased to participate. I learned a great deal about best practices relative to some of the big systems issues facing energy, some of the big structural challenges, and some of the big challenges that other states are facing. When I look at my state, I come away with a number of specific ideas and suggestions for legislation. Not only in the 2018 legislative session but in the next couple of years.  I really encourage folks to take advantage of this fabulous opportunity.”

Senator Reuven Carlyle (D) Washington, July 2017

Grounding good ideas in sound policy is always a laudable goal. The Clean Energy Legislative Academy does just that. It helps hone good instincts in forward seeking policy to a sharp edge. I’m leaving here with greater knowledge, a clearer path for succeeding in my clean energy goals, and the confidence that I will have access to the resources to accomplish those goals.

Senator Tom Begich (D) Alaska, July 2018

Nebraska holds great potential that is currently at the cusp of success. By attending this Academy, I was able to take my vast knowledge of clean energy policy and apply it to our non-profit, customer-owned electric utilities state. I am leaving this Academy with what will be stronger legislation that will allow us to embrace clean energy development and deployment. I have a working document that will be the foundation for forward-thinking sustainable policy even after I leave office. What more could I ask for?

Senator Carol Blood (NP) Nebraska, July 2018

I was pleased to be a part of the first Clean Energy Legislative Academy, and I want to commend Governor Ritter and all of his staff for putting together such an outstanding conference. The Center did an extraordinary job bringing a variety of people with expertise in many areas of energy, which is a very important issue for all of us across our nation. This was a very useful, productive, and informative event where we got a chance to meet, share, and discuss with colleagues across the county what is taking place in different states and to listen to experts in various areas of energy policy. Hats off for an outstanding job, and I know it’s only going to get better but it’s going to be hard to do, because you did a great job.

Senator Joe Griffo (R) New York, July 2017 Attendee

“This was an incredible couple of days. Governor Ritter and his team should be commended for this. In Arizona, we’ve been having a fight for years about the future of our utilities and solar energy and everything that goes with it. We have explored ideas at the Legislative Academy that give me hope that we can have serious conversations about what to do with the market disruption that is coming. That is an inevitable feature of our future. I will go back to my state and I will work on continuing the dialogue. And I look forward to the next conference where I can meet more thoughtful leaders in this field. I’m very excited about what’s coming next.”

Representative Ken Clark (D) Arizona, July 2017

          The Legislative Academy provided me the opportunity to share ideas with a Bi-Partisan group of legislators from across the country. The subject matter experts presented valuable information on grid modernization, energy storage, and other issues critical to anyone who uses electricity.

Representative Tony Dale (R) Texas, July 2018

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