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Energy Update: October 7, 2022

In the States

AK: Governor Mike Dunleavy announced the creation of the Office of Energy Innovation, to address the state’s changing energy needs. The office will work to support the centralization of the state’s efforts to improve the reliability of Alaska’s energy. It will utilize existing resources within the Governor’s office, and work to coordinate across the state’s various agencies, stakeholders, and communities. The Governor was joined for the announcement by representatives from the University of Alaska and the Alaska Gasoline Development Corporation, among others. “Alaska is an energy giant in all its forms. We’ll continue to be an oil and gas giant, but we are all in for every form of energy – wind, solar, hydro, tidal, geothermal, micronuclear, and hydrogen” Governor Dunleavy said. This is an exciting time for energy and the Office of Energy Innovation will make sure we don’t miss a single opportunity to support Alaska’s energy independence.” Governor Dunleavy creates new office of energy innovationMust Read Alaska

LA: Governor John Bel Edwards met with executives from major energy firms to discuss investments in Louisiana’s energy sector during a recent trip to London. Governor Edwards met with executives at Shell about the company’s clean energy investments, including a conversion of an oil refinery in Convent, LA into a renewable fuel plant. The Governor also met with Cheniere Energy, a liquified natural gas (LNG) producer, about the LNG market. While in London, the Governor also attended the Saints versus Vikings game. Governor Bel Edwards heads to London to talk insurance, investmentsand catch a Saints game

NJ: Governor Phil Murphy announced the launch of the Clean Buildings Working Group. The Working Group, a collaboration between the Governor’s Office of Climate Action and the Green Economy (OCAGE) and the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU), will be a cross-sector collaborative of representatives from industry, government, organized labor and more that will seek to create more environmentally friendly buildings in the state. “Accomplishing our aggressive but achievable emissions reduction targets requires a comprehensive approach to climate action, one that unites the state, labor, industry, and communities in pursuit of a common goal,” said Governor Murphy. The Governor announced the new working group at the Clean Energy Conference in Atlantic City. State Launches new Clean Buildings Working GroupNJ Biz

VA: Governor Glenn Youngkin unveiled his energy plan in a Lynchburg speech, touting the plan as an effort to create a reliable energy supply that matches Virginia’s growing population. The plan emphasizes new technology in the hopes of promoting natural gas, nuclear and renewables. Included in its goals are the launch of a commercial small modular nuclear reactor in Southwest Virginia. “A growing Virginia must have reliable, affordable and clean energy for Virginia’s families and businesses,” Governor Youngkin said. “The 2022 Energy Plan will meet the power demands of a growing economy and ensures Virginia has that reliable, affordable, clean and growing supply of power by embracing an all-of-the-above energy plan that includes natural gas, nuclear, renewables and the exploration of emerging sources to satisfy the growing needs of Commonwealth residents and businesses.” Gov. Glenn Youngkin unveils Virginia energy plan – WSLS



In a bipartisan vote, the Senate ratified an international climate treaty for the first time in 30 years. By a vote of 69 to 27, the United States joined the 2016 Kigali Amendment alongside 137 other nations. This treaty sharply curbs the production and use of hydrofluorocarbons, or HFCs. These are potent greenhouse gases found in many refrigerators and air-conditioners, which warm the planet at 1,000 times the rate of carbon dioxide. Scientists estimate the Kigali pact will prevent roughly 1 degree Fahrenheit of warming by the end of the century. Senator John Kennedy (R-LA) joined with Senator Tom Carper (D-DE) to help pass the treaty through the Senate, saying in a statement ““Ratification of the Kigali Amendment will further open up global markets to American- made products and will allow the federal government to further prevent illegal Chinese dumping of HFCs in the United States, which hurts U.S. businesses.” HFCs covered by the Kigali amendment are already banned in the United States, giving the treaty’s ratification a symbolic meaning. Senate Ratifies Pact to Curb Category of Potent Greenhouse GasesNY Times

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