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Energy Update: August 26, 2022

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CAGovernor Gavin Newsom proposed legislation to extend the life of the state’s last operating nuclear power plant by 5-10 years. The proposal to maintain operation of the Diablo Canyon plantlocated midway between San Francisco and Los Angelesincludes the po…

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Energy Update: August 5, 2022

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AK: Governor Mike Dunleavy signed legislation intended to reduce energy costs for rural Alaskans by expanding the maximum kilowatt-hour usage cap for energy assistance provided under the state’s Power Cost Equalization (PCE) program. The program was established…

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Energy Update: July 15, 2022

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HI: Governor David Ige signed four bills related to climate change and energy, including emissions targets and incentives for hydrogen vehicles. Under the emissions target legislation, Hawaii will aim to be 50% below 2005 emissions levels by the year 2030. Another bill, HB 2089, cha…

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Energy Update: June 28, 2022

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AK: Governor Mike Dunleavy concluded a trade mission to Japan, touting Alaska’s energy resources and export capabilities. Japan is in the midst of an energy transition focused on increasing reliability, given the nation’s geopolitical threats. The Governor met with Japanese utilitie…

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Energy Update: June 3, 2022

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AK: Governor Mike Dunleavy signed a bill to make it easier to obtain state permits for nuclear microreactors, as the Governor looks to boost the state’s energy production. The bill, which was suggested to the state legislature by the Governor’s office, makes significant changes to t…

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Energy Update: May 13, 2022

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CT: Connecticut lawmakers sent Gov. Ned Lamont legislation that codifies the Governor’s green energy goals into law. A 2019 executive order from Governor Lamont established the goal of shifting Connecticut’s power supply to 100% carbon-free sources by the year 2040. “Committing Conn…

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Energy Update: April 22, 2022

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NM: Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham and the Democrats who control New Mexico’s state government say that the goals of promoting renewable energy and protecting the state’s vital oil and gas industry are not contradictory. Governor Lujan Grisham’s administration has…

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Energy Update: April 1, 2022

In the States

AR, LA, OK: Governors Asa Hutchinson (Arkansas), John Bel Edwards (Louisiana) and Kevin Stitt (Oklahoma) announced a partnership between their three states to establish a regional hub for development, production and use of clean hydrogen fuel. By forming the agreement, the three sta…

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Energy Update: March 11, 2022

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NJ: Governor Phil Murphy said that he was considering state action against Lukoil, an oil company with close ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Speaking on CNBC’s Squawk Box program, the Governor said that he was “trying to figure out what to do with [Lukoil],…

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Energy Update: February 22, 2022

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AK: Governor Mike Dunleavy called for the Alaska Railbelt to source 80% of its energy from renewable fuels by the year 2040. The Alaska Railbelt is a state regulated electric grid system that provides power to large swaths of Alaska and is supplied by multiple electric utilit…

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Energy Update: January 10, 2022

In the States

AR: Governor Asa Hutchinson signed an Executive Order to improve coordination between policymakers and industry during emergencies that threaten the state’s power grid. By creating the “Arkansas Energy Resources Council,” the Governor hopes to bring together representatives from the…

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Energy Update: December 17, 2021

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GA: Governor Brian Kemp announced that electric car maker Rivian will invest $5 billion in a new battery and assembly plant near Atlanta, the largest economic development announcement in Georgia’s history. Kemp, who has touted his economic stewardship of Georgia as he faces a compet…

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Energy Update: November 24, 2021

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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

In the States

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

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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

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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

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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

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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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