Hugh Nerlien Graduates from the Legislative Energy Horizon Institute

Nov 10, 2018

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Hugh Nerlien has completed the Legislative Energy Horizon Institute’s course in energy policy. The Institute is a 60-hour energy immersion executive course with the University of Idaho. The course is designed to increase the knowledge of the energy infrastructure and delivery system to inform future energy policy decisions. With the 2018 class, over 263 policymakers have completed more than 16,000 hours of combined time to understand the complex world of energy.

The course consists of two 30-hour classroom sessions in Richland, Washington and in Washington, D.C. that explore electricity, oil and gas infrastructure, how the infrastructure is built, and the effect of market and regulatory forces.

“LEHI gives us a broad understanding of the energy sector from solar to uranium and everything between. How the systems work, the integration across North America and the responsibility for efficient delivery to the end user are all important factors.” said Nerlien.

"It is critical that citizen legislators get this basic knowledge of how our energy systems operate. I am impressed that Mr. Nerlien took over a week of their personal time this year to better inform their energy policy decisions.” said Rep. Jeff Morris of Washington State, Institute Director.

The Pacific NorthWest Economic Region (PNWER) partnered with the University of Idaho and the U.S. Department of Energy to found the Institute in 2009. In 2012, the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) and the federal government of Canada joined the effort to make the program nationwide and also include Canadian legislators.

Since its inception in 2009, 261 policymakers have completed the LEHI program. Those who complete the 60-hour executive course receive a certificate from the University of Idaho in Energy Policy Planning. These alumni have gone on to become leaders in energy policy in their respective state and provincial governments.

Of interest, Saskatchewan is hosting the 2019 PNWER conference in Saskatoon, July 21-25.