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Energy Update: October 23, 2020

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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

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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

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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

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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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Energy Update: February 14, 2020

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IL: In his State of the State address, Governor J.B. Pritzker called on the state legislature to enact clean energy legislation that prioritizes environmental and consumer protections. One such proposal being considered in Springfield, the Clean Energy Jobs Act (CEJA), would require …

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Energy Update: January 24, 2020

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FL: Governor Ron DeSantis announced that the state intends to buy a 20,000-acre plot of land in the Everglades to prevent oil drilling there. If completed, the deal will be the largest land acquisition made by the state in a decade. “[The proposed purchase] will permanently save th…

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Energy Update: January 3, 2020

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MD: Governor Larry Hogan announced more details of his proposed clean energy legislation, the Clean and Renewable Energy Standard (CARES). The CARES was first announced in May 2019 and aims to improve upon the Clean Energy Jobs Act. The bill would reaffirm some requirements from th…

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Energy Update: December 13, 2019

In the States

NH: Governor Chris Sununu signed an executive order creating four advisory boards that will pave the way for future offshore wind energy development in New Hampshire. The advisory boards will focus on issue areas that include fisheries and endangered species, workforce and economic…

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Energy Update: November 22, 2019

In the States and Territories

NC: Governor Roy Cooper announced the state will move forward with studies of the potential for offshore wind power generation that have been stalled since June due to unresolved state budget issues. The studies will analyze the state’s potential to manufacture, ship…

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Energy Update: November 1, 2019

In the States

KS – Governor Laura Kelly announced a new statewide energy plan was in the works at the Kansas Renewable Energy Conference. The new plan will reverse regulations that made it more difficult and expensive for companies in Kansas to install solar panels and other sources of renewab…

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Energy Update: October 11, 2019

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MA  At a State Senate oversight hearing, Judith Judson, Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Energy, said Governor Charlie Baker’s administration wants to expand the Commonwealth’s new solar incentive program, SMART, by an additional 800 megawatts (MW). The SMART prog…

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Energy Update: September 23, 2019

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SD – The South Dakota Public Utilities Commission approved eight wind energy projects that could bring 700 more turbines and an investment of $2.6 billion to the state by the end of 2020. Two additional wind energy projects currently under review could bring an additional 188 wind…

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