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Energy Update: July 23, 2021

In the States

OR: Governor Kate Brown signed HB 2021, a bill establishing a clean energy mandate for Oregon’s electrical utility companies. Under the new law, Oregon’s private electricity suppliers, including Portland General Electric and PacifiCorp, are required to phase-out all greenhouse gas (…

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Energy Update: July 2, 2021

In the States

FL: Governor Ron DeSantis signed HB 919 into law, a bill that prevents city and county governments from placing restrictions on what energy sources utility companies can use to supply electricity. The bill explicitly prohibits any “municipality, county, special district, or other po…

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Energy Update: June 11, 2021

In the States

NC: Governor Roy Cooper signed an executive order to establish offshore wind development goals and instruct state agencies to designate personnel to oversee the expansion of offshore wind energy. The Governor’s order sets goals of generating 2.8 gigawatts of offshore wind energy by …

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Energy Update: May 21, 2021

In the States

IL: Governor J.B. Pritzker’s proposed clean energy bill, the Consumers and Climate First Act, appears likely to pass the Illinois legislature before the end of its session this month. The Governor’s bill aims to phase out coal-fired power generation by 2030 and natural gas-fired pow…

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Energy Update: April 30, 2021

In the States

CA: As part of his plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and end oil drilling in the state, Governor Gavin Newsom signed an executive order banning new fracking permits by 2024. Governor Newsom issued the executive order after a more aggressive bill to ban oil and gas production d…

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Energy Update: April 9, 2021

In the States

ME: Governor Janet Mills signed an executive order directing the Governor’s Energy Office, the Governor’s Office of Policy Innovation and the Future, the Department of Transportation, the Efficiency Maine Trust, the Department of Environmental Protection and “other agencies engaged …

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