Energy 2017-06-17T13:45:45+00:00


The Keystone Policy Center is working at the forefront of energy policy. From developing collaborative strategies to charting better ways to confront climate change, support energy innovation, and modernize the electrical grid and utilities, Keystone has a long history of working with the companies, agencies, and individuals shaping our energy future.

Our team understands that meeting our growing energy needs in a sustainable way will require creative and collaborative thinking. How we responsibly use, produce, and deliver energy services in the future will be determined by a complex web of policies and politics, technologies, economics, and environmental trade-offs.

Our energy practice uses collaborative processes to engage stakeholders to achieve a better understanding of the impacts of energy supply, demand, and infrastructure decisions; support development of energy and climate policy through scientifically-informed dialogue; and the challenges and opportunities associated with emerging “smart grids” and distributed generation.

Learn more about our featured projects below and review our past work in this area.

Featured Projects

GeoPolicy Connect Event

Keystone partnered with the American Geophysical Union to host its inaugural GeoPolicy Connect event focused on hydraulic fracturing and collaborative strategies to address the use of this method. The event’s conversations focused on better ways to integrate science into public policy making and how collaboration can lead to better outcomes. The event featured speakers ranging from Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper to the Colorado Forum Director Gail Klapper to Christine McEntee, executive director and CEO of the American Geophysical Union.

Keystone Energy Board

The Keystone Energy Board is a long-standing forum for representatives across the energy sector to learn about and discuss current energy issues and examine the linkages among energy, environmental and economic policies.

The Board is comprised of roughly 55 individuals who represent different perspectives on energy policy, including people with energy policy expertise from industry, technology, environment, consumer advocacy, and state and federal government. Learn More

Planning the Grid of the Future

Investment in our electricity grid has not kept pace with the changes in state and federal policies, rapidly evolving generation and demand-side technologies, or the need for a more resilient electricity delivery system. To confront these issues and lay the groundwork for a better transmission system, the Eastern Interconnection Planning Collaborative launched a groundbreaking stakeholder process to study the eastern U.S. energy resources and transmission system.

The Keystone Policy Center managed this important stakeholder process and public outreach, which spanned 41 eastern states, Canadian provinces, and 24 planning authorities. Keystone’s involvement was essential to helping stakeholders with divergent views and unique regional interests to develop consensus-based recommendations. Learn More

EPA State Climate and Energy Technical Forum

Working in partnership with the EPA, the Keystone Policy Center hosted month forums from 2005 through 2013 for state energy, environment, and public utility commission staff to exchange their lessons learned in the implementation of programs and policies that promote clean energy.

The State Clean Energy-Environment Technical Forum explored analytical questions and worked to resolve key issues of state clean energy efforts, such as measuring benefits, implementing policy drivers, collaborating with other state agencies, and directing financing and marketing programs.

Climate Conversations

Given the effects climate change has had on communities around the United States, including harsher droughts, more severe wildfires, and extreme precipitation events, the Keystone Policy Center hosted a series of Climate Conversations in 2012. The dialogues, aimed at bringing new voices to the National Climate Assessment process, included nearly 200 community members in Charleston, S.C.; Omaha, Neb.; Milwaukee, Wisc.; and Las Vegas, Nev. Participants discussed their extreme weather experiences and how they’ve dealt with the impacts on their families, business, and communities, as well as how leaders might better prepare communities and citizens for future weather events.

The Keystone Policy Center’s work, funded through a grant from The Energy Foundation, also included a national webinar that discussed the status of the technical reports being submitted to the U.S. Global Climate Research Program in support of the 2013 National Climate Assessment; opportunities for engaging in the 2013 Assessment Report process to assure that local issues and voices are heard; and best practices for engaging other “new voices” in discussions about extreme weather and climate science.

Colorado Oil and Gas Task Force

The growth of Colorado oil and gas development — especially along Colorado’s Front Range — presents challenges for Colorado leaders, residents and businesses alike regarding the tension of developing resources while also reducing impacts for residents and respecting local communities. Following a protracted public policy fight, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper issued an executive order in mid-2014 creating the Colorado Oil and Gas Task Force to find ways to reduce conflicts and suggest ways to improve relationships and propose strategies.

The governor charged the task force, led by the Keystone Policy Center, with finding collaborative ways to balance oil and gas development — one of the most important economic drivers in Colorado — and private mineral right holders’ interests with local residents, public health officials, and conservationists’ concerns. Learn More