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Plugged In | April 2023

March 27, 2023

 AP News 

Biden Oks Alaska Oil Project, Draws Ire of Environmentalists 

President Biden approved the Willow oil drilling project on Alaska’s North Slope. The approval has been met with severe criticism from environmentalists and climate activists.  

AP News

Nevada to Add Gas Plant as Drought Tests US West Power Grids 

With summers becoming hotter and dryer, Nevada’s Public Utilities Commission approved plans for two new gas fire turbines to help address peak electricity demand.  

Texas Tribune 

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and Senators Unveil Package of Bills Aimed at Improving Texas’ Power Grid 

The Texas Legislature has introduced a series of bills promoting the development of dispatchable power to help strengthen the reliability of the state’s power grid during emergencies. 

Biden-Harris Administration Announces Over $200 Million to Modernize and Expand Hydropower 

More than $200 million was announced through the Department of Energy to help modernize hydroelectric power and advance new marine energy technologies throughout the country. 


Solar Industry Aims for 2023 Rebound, but Year Ahead Remains Deeply Uncertain 

Following a decline in solar installation in 2022, solar is expected to rebound in 2023. The extent of this rebound is unclear due to uncertainties surrounding supply chains and tax credits. 

Hermiston Herald 

Lawmakers Unveil Energy-Efficiency Measures for Buildings 

The Oregon Legislative Assembly introduced a package of bills aiming to increase building energy efficiency through new performance standards, construction requirements and financial incentives.  


Carbon Capture is Gaining a Foothold in Indiana. Here’s What it May Mean to Hoosiers 

The Indiana General Assembly has introduced legislation to conduct a carbon sequestration pilot project. However, concerns about property rights and carbon capture risks could halt the project.  

Energy News 

Electric Trucks are Coming. Will the Northeast’s Grid be Ready for Them?  

National Grid is conducting a study in the Northeast to identify the charging locations and transmission upgrades needed for the region to support the expansion of electric trucks expected in the coming years.  

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