STATE OF PLAY: Call it the wonk before the storm.

President Obama and Mitt Romney are getting ready for their Wednesday debate that could feature them trading punches on energy and climate policy.

On Tuesday, ahead of the political fight, Washington, D.C., will be home to detailed policy events on creating a “smart” power grid, offshore drilling and carbon trading markets. Here’s what’s ahead:

Drilling: James Watson, the Interior Department’s top offshore drilling-safety regulator, is among the speakers at a Center for Strategic and International Studies forum on drilling safety.