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January 8, 2024


Electric Transmission Planning: A Primer for State Legislatures

The expansion of transmission infrastructure is necessary for many states in achieving clean energy goals and improving grid reliability. This primer provides an overview of transmission challenges, planning processes and actors involved, with the goal of enabling state legislators to better understand the current landscape and the options for progress. 

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Energy Department Releases Guidance to Identify High-Priority Areas for Transmission Development

The DOE released final guidance on the National Interest Electric Transmission Corridor designation process. These corridors aim to expedite transmission development in high-priority areas.

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Utility Dive

Colorado PUC Delays 2.1 GW of Xcel Wind and Solar, Citing Cost Concerns

The Colorado Public Utilities Commission delayed approval of more than 2 GW of renewable energy projects and $3 billion in transmission construction in Xcel Energy’s Clean Energy Plan.

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 Energy News Network

Green Hydrogen Could Make Minnesota a Leader in Climate-Friendly Steel

With recent federal investments in hydrogen development, the industrial sector is looking toward green hydrogen as a potential zero carbon emission power source.

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Ohio Opens First Federally Funded EV Charging Station

The nation’s first electric vehicle charging station funded by the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Program opened in Ohio.

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Bloomberg Law

DOE Adopts Energy Efficiency Agreement for Fridges, Freezers

The Energy Department announced a final rule that imposes new energy efficiency standards for residential refrigerators and freezers. The department estimates the standards will save consumers about $36 billion over 30 years.

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New Mexico Proposes Regulations to Reuse Fracking Wastewater

New Mexico officials proposed new regulations for reusing wastewater from oil and natural gas drilling in the state.

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Route Fifty

Former Coal Towns Get Money for Clean Energy Projects

A significant portion of clean energy investments have gone to former fossil fuel communities to help create new energy jobs and economic revitalization during the clean energy transition.

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