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Plugged In | February 2024

February 2, 2024


 Low-Income/Renter Energy Efficiency Toolkit  

Renters and low-income households tend to have higher energy burdens and typically have less access to energy efficiency services. This toolkit for state lawmakers compiles a list of programs and resources addressing energy efficiency and saving for low-income and renting households.  

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Utility Dive 

FERC Commissioners: Extreme Weather Shows Need for Dispatchable Resources, New Transmission   

Recent winter storms have forced grid operators to import electricity to keep power flowing, highlighting the need for interregional electric transmission systems and dispatchable power.   

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Energy News Network

Virginia Legislation Aims to Unleash Competition to Speed Progress on Clean Energy  

Virginia is considering legislation to increase the amount of power generated by renewable energy by allowing more third-party solar and wind projects in areas serviced by investor-owned utilities.    

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Hochul to Target Limiting Gas System Expansion, Transmission Siting 

New York’s governor announced a budget plan that includes limiting gas hookups to new buildings, streamlining the transmission siting process and expanding the accessibility of community solar projects for low-income customers.  

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Utility Dive 

OE $70M Grid Security and Resilience Funding Targets cybersecurity, wildfires, other risks  

With a growing number of hackers and increasingly frequent physical attacks threatening energy infrastructure, DOE announced $70 million in funding to research energy security and resilience technologies.  

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Montana Free Press 

 BLM Unveils Plan for Utility Scale Solar Development in Western States 

The Bureau of Land Management released a plan to open federal lands in western states to utility scale solar development.  

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The Guardian 

U.S. to Invest $1B in Plan to Move from Diesel to Electric School Buses 

The EPA announced nearly $1 billion in grants to replace diesel powered school buses with electric vehicles. The grants will be dispersed across 280 school districts serving 7 million children.  

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AP News

Mississippi Lawmakers to Weigh Incentives for An EV Battery Plant That Could Employ 2,000 

Mississippi’s governor called a special session with legislators to consider incentives for an electric vehicle battery plant that would be the second largest corporate investment in the state’s history.  

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