NARC’s Energy Work and Member Engagement

“Energy usage, resiliency, development and sustainability are key components of regional economic competitiveness. A strong regional energy portfolio can propel regional economic productivity while a thoughtful approach to energy investment, combined with a strong workforce training program, can help create new sectors within a regional economy. Elected Officials and Regional Councils also consider potential environmental impacts, mitigation strategies, and security measures when developing energy plans. NARC continues to work on these and other components of energy development and planning in regions with our member Councils, federal agencies, foundations, and partners to boost our collective regional capacity. Below is a brief synopsis of NARC’s energy resources and how you can tap into these opportunities. I encourage NARC members to engage in NARC’s energy efforts to promote regional solutions and successes.”
– Gary Moore, President, NARC; Judge, Boone County, KY
Share your region’s energy-related work, activities you would like to explore, or needed training and technical assistance. NARC currently has several opportunities available for regions, detailed below.

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Bolstering Regional Energy Decision-Making – On July 14, 2014, NARC and the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) released a Regional Energy Action Plan, an assessment of the economic, social, and policy realities related to the development and use of energy throughout the 12-county Columbus, Ohio region. The plan identifies recommendations that may lead to a more prosperous regional economy and enriched environment. This is a cutting-edge project unique to NARC that we would like to expand to regions across the country. Click HERE to access the report and related information.Building off of MORPC’s success, NARC is committed to working with the San Joaquin Policy Council and several organizations in California’s San Joaquin Valley to implement a Sustainable Energy Roadmap (SER) that will adopt and pursue clean energy and sustainable development goals that optimize outcomes for their most disadvantaged communities.Deploying Solar In Communities – As a partner in the U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Solar Outreach Partnership’s (SolarOPs) project, NARC brings the regional perspective and works to help accelerate solar energy adoption on the local level by providing timely and actionable information to local governments. NARC executes activities and has developed materials to support and promote regions, including on-going workshops, a Regional Solar Handbook, webinars, and podcasts. Click HERE for more information.

As part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative Rooftop Solar Challenge Solar Ready II project (SRII), NARC is working with the Mid-America Regional Council, Meister Consultants Group, Inc., and the Council of State Governments to assist nine regional councils in implementing proven solar implementation strategies. These activities will result in more streamlined and standardized solar practices, measurable improvements in solar market conditions, and access for ten million people nationwide. To learn more about the project and each region’s activities, click HERE.

Identifying Gas Shale Development Concerns and Opportunities – In partnership with NARC, the University of Colorado-Denver’s Buechner Institute for Governance released a report, Local, Regional, and State Government Perspectives on Hydraulic Fracturing-Related Oil and Gas Development, that presents findings from a 2011-2012 pilot study survey conducted across multiple states to highlight concerns associated with hydraulic fracturing-related oil and gas development. Click HERE to access the report and other information.

Connecting Energy and Workforce – Through a partnership with the U.S. Department of Labor, NARC successfully completed a Pathways out of Poverty project that combined workforce investment with new certifications and training curricula to help disadvantaged and dislocated workers find opportunity in energy fields. The NARC team had over 875 individuals earn over 2,100 certifications, surpassing target outcomes by as much as 300 percent. At the end project, over 524 individuals had found employment with many more poised to find jobs in the future. Click HERE to learn more.

Advocating a Broad and Inclusive Energy Portfolio – NARC continues to work with members, industry leaders, and association partners to advance an “all of the above” energy portfolio and federal policy that promotes a clean and secure energy future. Click HERE to see NARC’s policy.


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