2017 NASCO Energy Council Task Agenda
The NASCO Energy Council promotes initiatives that support North American economic competitiveness by focusing on energy and the environment. This is a critical time for energy in North America – production of oil and natural gas is surging across North America and Mexico has recently revolutionized the energy sector, and renewables production and energy efficiency are transcending commercial corridors. This creates a historic opportunity for North America to play a greater role in a diverse, clean and independent energy portfolio.
The NASCO Energy Council encourages increased transport and use of lower-cost, cleaner alternative energy options, such as natural gas, and supply chain strategies across North America to lower business and consumer costs and reduce air emissions from trucking.
North America has the most advanced energy systems in the world, supplying the reliable, affordable and increasingly clean power and fuels that underpin every facet of our continent’s economy. Supporting these trends and issues will require that we address the growing vulnerabilities of our legislative systems. Through our combined efforts, both at the grassroots and federal level, we hope to:
- Promote continental energy security, integration, and collaboration;
- Strengthen government-to-government relationships;
- Support industry-to-government engagement in the energy sector by addressing the legislative needs and gaps in current programs and strategies.
Council members are armed with talking points, press releases, draft letters and cutting edge information to become leaders in their local areas or within their perspective entities. Our councils are working groups for advocacy, awareness and leadership, while maintaining regular contact with, and learning from, key experts. We aim to inform and educate public and private interests of the importance of energy logistics and the energy supply chain – both domestic and international. The Energy Council also promotes cooperation and partnership opportunities for public and private sector members to move to the forefront in tri-national energy and environment issues of North America.
The NASCO Energy Council is committed to addressing the challenges that exist to transitioning North America to alternative fuels by seeking to answer the question: “What regulatory, permitting, approval and administrative policies and procedures by governments are impending implementation of natural fuel integration and collaboration?” In 2017, the Council aims to address and help minimize the obstacles surrounding the following areas:
- Permitting and regulatory issues specific to fueling stations: The Council can provide options for effective changes to enable efficient and standardized fueling stations designs to prevent the unnecessary and expensive permit, design, and construction specifications.
- Grant Opportunities: The Council aims to provide critical feedback to grant writers on needs of industry to participate in grant opportunities as a feasible means of support in infrastructure and fleet development.
NASCO continues to monitor and recognize progress made by Canada, the United States, and Mexico in advancing our mutual clean energy objectives, including:
- Natural Gas and Fossil Fuel Development: Analyze the economic impact that export terminals with LNG and natural gas development have on communities directly, as well as the pipeline of the supply chain.
- Energy Infrastructure: Advocate for increased energy infrastructure / pipelines across international borders.
- Pricing Climate: Some economists from both sides of the aisle argue that a price on carbon is the most economically efficient way to reduce greenhouse gases. It will be important to monitor this discussion and understand how a pricing scheme may be implemented.
- U.S. Regulatory Process: Identifying standards and programs relating to air quality and freight emissions and how it consequently impacts deployment of renewable energy and clean air strategies. For example, fuel efficiency standards for heavy-duty trucks, SmartWay program, ports initiative, equipment replacement funding opportunities, ozone standard, Clean Power Plan.
- Energy Trading: Explore the need to liberalize energy trade, foster cross-border investment, and improve distribution infrastructure.
- Efficiency Improvement and Emissions Reduction Strategies: Explore available funding and strategic resources to help the freight supply chain achieve economic