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Energy Update: April 9, 2021

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Energy Update: October 10, 2020

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AK: Governor Mike Dunleavy, historically a strong supporter of the fossil fuel industry in Alaska, recently expressed his interest in renewable energy projects. The Governor said falling costs associated with renewable energy could “open up some new and tremendous possibilities” for…

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Energy Update: September 11, 2020

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IL: Governor J.B. Pritzker announced a comprehensive energy plan aiming to make utilities more accountable, further the development of renewable energy, promote electric transportation, and to improve energy efficiency. The Governor’s 57-point plan, called “Putting Consumers and Cli…

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Energy Update: August 21, 2020

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CA: Governor Gavin Newsom is ordering an investigation into California’s utility companies after they shut off power to more than 410,000 homes during a heat wave. Utilities caused the rolling blackouts intentionally as a result of an energy shortage, but Governor Newsom argues that…

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Energy Update: July 31, 2020

In the States

KS: Governor Laura Kelly reaffirmed a 2004 moratorium on wind energy development at the Tallgrass Heartland region of the Flint Hills, an area covering 12 Kansas counties. Initially issued by former Governor Kathleen Sebelius and expanded to its current size by former Governor Sam B…

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Energy Update: July 10, 2020

In the States

ME: Governor Janet Mills announced a $170 million deal with Hydro-Quebec to provide 500,000 megawatts of discounted electricity through Central Maine Power’s recently-approved transmission corridor, the New England Clean Energy Connect (NECEC). According to the Governor’s office, th…

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Energy Update: June 19, 2020

In the States

CA: California state legislators sent a joint letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy urging Congress to support the clean energy industry in California. The letter, which was signed by approximately half of the California legislature, asks Spea…

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Energy Update: May 29, 2020

In the States

MT: Governor Steve Bullock announced he is directing $5 million in federal funding from the CARES Act to expand assistance for the approximately 18,000 beneficiaries of Montana’s Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). Funds will also be used for a new COVID-19-specific …

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Energy Update: May 8, 2020

In the States

CA: The California Independent Petroleum Association (CIPA), a trade organization representing approximately 500 oil and natural gas producers, is calling on Governor Gavin Newsom to relax his oversight efforts of the fossil fuel industry. In his initial 2020-21 state budget, Govern…

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Energy Update: April 17, 2020

In the States

Governors Greg Abbott of Texas, Gary Herbert of Utah, Kevin Stitt of Oklahoma, Mark Gordon of Wyoming, and John Bel Edwards of Louisiana wrote EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler requesting a general waiver of renewable fuel standard compliance. The Governors are seeking this waiver to…

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Energy Update: March 27, 2020

In the States

CA: Pacific Gas and Energy (PG&E) reached an agreement with Governor Gavin Newsom over the California wildfires caused by its equipment. The agreement finalizes PG&E’s bankruptcy plan, preventing PG&E’s sale and allowing the company to benefit from a fund that will help utilities pa…

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Energy Update: March 6, 2020

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CO: Governor Jared Polis named his Director of Policy and Research, Wade Buchanan, to head the Office of Just Transition, a new office created to help workers and communities adapt as coal plants and mines close. Buchanan’s appointment comes as the latest step in Governor Polis’s pl…

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