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August 8, 2023

Route Fifty 

It’s Time for Buildings to Stop Using a Third of US Energy, Some States Say   

Many states have begun taking action to improve the energy efficiency of large buildings to help achieve their targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.  

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AP News  

New Jersey Governor Signs Tax Break for Orsted’s Offshore Wind Farm  

New Jersey passed a bill to give a tax break to offshore wind developer Orsted for a planned energy project off the state’s coast. Orsted plans to begin construction on the wind farm this fall.  

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U.S. Department of the Interior 

Biden-Harris Administration Announces First Ever Offshore Wind Lease Sale in the Gulf of Mexico   

The Department of the Interior announced that the first-ever offshore wind energy lease sale in the Gulf of Mexico will be held Aug. 29, 2023. The areas to be auctioned have the potential to generate 3.7 GW of power.  

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E&E News 

Grid Rewiring: An Answer for Biden’s Climate Goals?   

Studies show that advanced reconductoring has the potential to increase transmission capacity and bring new renewable sources online while saving money and avoiding permitting delays.  

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Honolulu Star Advertiser  

Hawaii to Deploy Federally Funded EV Charging Stations  

Hawaii will be the first state to implement funding from the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Formula Program to deploy electric vehicle chargers across the state.  

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Utility Dive 

New York Completes State’s Largest Rooftop Solar Project atop Medline Distribution Center   

New York recently completed the state’s largest solar rooftop project. With a total capacity of 7.2 MW the project will be able to power around 1,600 homes.  

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Alaskan Beacon 

Alaska Sets Rules for New Nuclear Facilities; Vulnerable Coasts are Out

As plans progress for the state’s first nuclear microreactor, Alaska sets new regulations limiting where small nuclear reactors can be built.  

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Utility Dive

DOE Offers $32M for the Production of Rare Earth and Critical Minerals from Coal-based Sources   

The Department of Energy is offering funding to build new critical mineral processing sites at coal-based sources throughout the country to reduce the reliance on foreign sources for critical minerals.  

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