Energy Learning Network

Through the Energy Learning Network, Future Caucus connects young lawmakers across state and party lines to modernize energy production, grid infrastructure, and environmental protections that improve Americans’ quality of life. These efforts illuminate the overarching post-partisan commitment to building a resilient and vibrant America, prepared to lead the world with innovative and daring solutions to changing energy needs and a new generation of conservation.  

The Energy Learning Network is organized for members to share their experiences, expertise, and approaches to initiatives appropriate for them in their state. Participation does not imply support of all approaches to energy and the environment.

Meet the Energy Learning Network

Oregon Future Caucus, Co-Chair (R)

OR Rep. David Brock Smith

Connecticut Future Caucus, Co-Chair (R)

CT Rep. Devin Carney


IA Rep. Joe Mitchell


IA Sen. Zach Wahls

Kansas Future Caucus, CO-VICE-CHAIR (D)

KS Rep. Brandon Woodard

Member Spotlight: Rep. Gilchrest

Connecticut Rep. Jillian Gilchrest joined Future Caucus at the Energy Learning Network forum in Denver, in December 2019. A result of her engagement with the Network, she was appointed to the CT House Energy and Technology Committee! She looks forward to continuing to advance bipartisan solutions to issues impacting the sustainability and future for everyone in Connecticut. Read the full blog post on her journey here.

“By the time I left Denver, I was equipped with the necessary resources and messaging to confidently discuss clean energy and microgrid technologies for my state.”

— Rep. Jillian Gilchrest, Energy Learning Network member

Recent Events


The “three Mortgages” Of young Pennsylvanians

Event date: March 25, 2024

The “Three Mortgages” of <span class="dewidow">Young Pennsylvanians</span>
New York

New York Future Caucus’ Bold next Chapter

Event date: March 05, 2024

New York Future Caucus’ Bold <span class="dewidow">Next Chapter</span>

The Future Of Effective Leadership in Alabama

Event date: February 13, 2024

The Future of Effective Leadership <span class="dewidow">in Alabama</span>

In the News


To The Future! Young Lawmakers Goals in Pennsylvania

May 22, 2024

To the Future! Young Lawmakers Goals <span class="dewidow">in Pennsylvania</span>
North Carolina

Gen Z Candidates Look To Make Their Mark In This year’s Election

May 21, 2024

Gen Z candidates look to make their mark in this <span class="dewidow">year’s election</span>
New York

Young Lawmakers Chart Bipartisan Future For state Legislature

May 21, 2024

Young lawmakers chart bipartisan future for <span class="dewidow">state Legislature</span>

Legislator Resources

The Renewable Energy Economic Benefits Of Microgrids

New report conducted by Guidehouse Insights and commissioned by Civil Society Institute, Future Caucus and RMI shows lasting impact on local economies and job growth from investing in renewable energy, battery storage and controls for microgrids.

Boosting Resiliency And Onboarding Innovation

Our national reckoning with the impacts of a changing climate grows more important by the day. Fortunately, the avenues to address these challenges are increasingly tangible and new technologies continue to expand the options available to policymakers. In the face of evolving threats, lawmakers can build stronger, more prosperous communities by prioritizing common sense solutions that bolster resiliency and capitalize on innovation.

Microgrids Policy

State lawmakers can facilitate the development and implementation of microgrids through several policy avenues, most notably by removing barriers to microgrid construction and coordinating grid integration.

Rep. Sara Jacobs


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