Grid Geeks Podcast S5 E3

Navigating Energy and Transportation Innovation: New Roadmaps for Governors


Advanced technologies are transforming our daily way of life and economy - from how we heat and cool our buildings to how we transport ourselves and power our economy. We are witnessing what some have declared the “fourth Industrial Revolution.” For state governors, these rapid changes have significant implications for their citizens and economies. To help governors stay “ahead of the curve”, the National Governors Association, under the leadership of NGA Chair Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval, released Energy and Transportation Innovation Roadmaps for Governors. On this episode of Grid Geeks, I speak with Sue Ganderand Daniel Lauf of the National Governors Association to learn about these roadmaps and the key policy considerations states should be thinking about as they navigate energy and transportation innovation. 

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Guest Bios:

Sue Gander serves as director for the National Governors Association (NGA) Center for Best Practices Environment, Energy and Transportation Division. Gander directs research, policy analysis and technical assistance to provide governors and their staff with data and guidance on best practices affecting the energy sector, environmental protection, natural resource management, transportation and other infrastructure. Prior to joining NGA, Gander served as program manager for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Clean Energy-Environment State Partnership program, as well as senior policy analyst and government relations director for the Center for Clean Air Policy.Gander is a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design accredited professional, member of The Keystone Center Energy Board, board liaison of the Institute for Building Technology and Safety and executive group member of the Department of Energy/EPA State Energy Efficiency Action Network. Gander holds a master’s degree in public policy and a certificate in energy analysis and policy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a bachelor’s degree in public policy from Brown University. Sue originally hails from Utah.

Daniel Lauf serves as program director in the NGA Center for Best Practices Environment, Energy and Transportation Division. At NGA, Dan advises governors offices on electricity policy, utility regulation, energy assurance, energy efficiency and technology innovation. His work also includes coordination of the Federal Facilities Task Force, a group of state officials tasked with overseeing the U.S. Department of Energy’s cleanup of the U.S. nuclear weapons complex. Dan previously worked at the Maryland Energy Administration where he managed data analysis, program reporting and program evaluation for the agency. Though this role, he analyzed energy markets and provided regular reported to the governor’s office and the public on the status of the state’s energy efficiency resource standard and renewable portfolio standard. Prior, at D&R International, Dan contracted with the U.S. Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Agency to support appliance energy conservation standards development and specification development for the ENERGY STAR program. Dan holds a bachelor’s in Economics from Washington University and a master’s in Applied Economics from Johns Hopkins University. Dan originally hails from Maryland.