Environmental Protection Agency Deputy Administrator Bob Perciasepe addressed the National Conference of State Legislatures’ Legislative Summit on August 12, explaining that states play an important role in implementing President Obama’s climate action strategy. Three days later, the conference adopted a policy directive that included several major energy and environment provisions. The directive promoted a congressionally mandated Department of Energy national energy strategy, state representation in regional transmission organizations, and a state-federal partnership to create new energy planning approaches and to finance state energy projects.