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Energy Update: November 24, 2021

In the States

CT: Amid rapidly rising gas prices, Governor Ned Lamont announced that Connecticut will not join the Transportation Climate Initiative (TCI), a proposed regional partnership between Northeastern states to implement a “cap-and-invest” program on carbon emissions from vehicles. The pr…

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Energy Update: November 5, 2021

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MA: Gov. Charlie Baker announced legislation to spend $750 million from the state’s budget and American Rescue Plan (ARP) funds on a “Clean Energy Management fund”, which would bolster innovation, research, development, and job training for the private clean energy sector. “This leg…

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Energy Update: October 15, 2021

In the States

NC: Governor Roy Cooper signed House Bill 951, a compromise energy bill crafted in cooperation with Republicans in the state legislature that aims to address climate change by cutting emissions. According to the bill summary, the legislation authorizes the North Carolina Utilities C…

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Energy Update: September 24, 2021

In the States

DE: Governor John Carney signed Senate Bill 2 (SB 2), a bill aimed at promoting community-based solar arrays in the state. SB 2 creates a legal framework for community ownership of solar arrays whereby residents of Delaware communities can subscribe to a centrally-located community …

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Energy Update: September 7, 2021

In the States

IL: The Illinois Senate passed a sweeping energy sector reform bill aimed at shifting the state to 100% clean energy by 2050. The bill, SB0018, would offer funding to help save Exelon’s struggling nuclear power plants in Illinois, phase-out coal-fired plants by 2045, invest state fu…

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Energy Update: August 13, 2021

In the States

AL: Governor Kay Ivey distributed more than $39.8 million in funding from the American Rescue Plan Act to agencies that manage financial assistance programs for low-income households struggling to pay home energy bills. The funds are being used for special grants administered by the…

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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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Energy Update: March 19, 2021

In the States

CT: At an event unveiling the state’s first electric school bus, Governor Ned Lamont urged state lawmakers to authorize Connecticut to join the Transportation and Climate Initiative Program (TCIP), a regional multi-state cap-and-trade agreement that aims to curb carbon emissions fro…

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Energy Update: February 26, 2021

In the States

NY: Under the direction of Governor Andrew Cuomo, the New York State Public Service Commission approved a $530 million electricity transmission project called the New York Energy Solution Project. A 54.5 mille transmission line, built between Rensselaer County and Dutchess County, w…

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Energy Update: February 5, 2021

In the States

MA: Governor Charlie Baker vetoed a climate-focused bill from the state legislature just as the legislative session concluded. In his veto letter explaining why he rejected the bill, Governor Baker pushed back against the offshore wind procurements included in the bill and instead s…

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Energy Update: January 15, 2021

In the States

CO: Governor Jared Polis announced that Black Hills Energy, a major energy supplier for the state, has filed a Clean Energy Plan as part of its upcoming Electric Resource Plan, joining all other major utilities across Colorado in committing to reducing emissions. This signifies a ma…

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Energy Update: December 30, 2020

In the States

ME: Governor Janet Mills and the United Kingdom’s Minister of State at the Department of Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategies, Kwasi Kwarteng, MP, announced the signing of a new Memorandum of Understanding that will foster collaboration between Maine and the UK to promote clean…

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Energy Update: December 4, 2020

In the States

ME: Governor Janet Mills announced her plan to address the impacts of climate change. The plan, titled “Maine Won’t Wait, A Plan for Climate Action,” aims to slash greenhouse gas emissions and lay the groundwork for Maine’s growing clean energy economy in the next four years. The plan…

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Energy Update: November 13, 2020

In the States

LA: At the first meeting of his Climate Initiatives Task Force, Governor John Bel Edwards presented his plan for renewable energy. Governor Edwards’ plan aims to increase renewable energy production in Louisiana by boosting offshore wind energy projects in the Gulf of Mexico. The pl…

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Energy Update: October 23, 2020

In the States

CA: Governor Gavin Newsom signed a new executive order directing state agencies to conserve 30% of all state land and coastal water by 2030. By ordering the conservation of California’s land and coastal waters, Governor Newsom says he aims to fight climate change by preserving carbo…

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