Carl Smith is a senior staff writer for Governing. He works with editors and staff writers to produce smart, high-value, high volume editorial content for the web and related products to make Governing the go-to source.

February 14, 2020

5G Explained: What Government Leaders Should Know

The newest generation in wireless networking represents a major boost in both capacity and speed, opening the door to transformative public services. But the technology is both costly and controversial even as states and localities begin to legislate and regulate around 5G.
February 12, 2020

Will EV Adoption Become California’s Next Economic Engine?

A new study details dramatic economic benefits and large cuts in carbon emissions for California from the impact of electric vehicles over the next 10 years. Other states can profit from the lessons learned.
January 30, 2020

Lack of Electric Vehicle Charging Stations a Growing Concern

High costs, driven by permitting, building code and regulatory red tape, could hamper growth of stations needed to power the EV market, but some states and localities are starting to change the status quo.
January 28, 2020

The Battle Over Technology and Energy Consumption

Insatiable demands for data have triggered startling projections on how much electricity is consumed to power the Internet. But technology itself — along with strategic regulations — could keep our energy needs in check.
January 21, 2020

California Farms Launch Nation’s Largest Dairy Biogas Project

Farms from the state's Central Valley have teamed up with Southern California Gas to convert cow manure into renewable natural gas, in response to a 2016 state law to reduce dairy greenhouse emissions by 30 percent.