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 Vol. 10, issue 2 | March 2022

Federal Orphaned Oil & Gas Well Program to Help States Fill Reclamation Shortfalls

daniel.shea@ncsl.orgInfrastructure control room.States saddled with thousands of potentially leaky orphaned oil and gas wells can launch programs to address the problem with the help of $1.15 billion from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act of 2021 and additional federal support. Read more

Related: State Oil & Gas Bonding Requirements. This new 50-state chart lays out these requirements in every state. View by state

Wisconsin Bill Would Grant Utilities a Monopoly on Building Transmission

Transmission lines at sunset.Wisconsin is the latest Midwest state to consider legislation that would give incumbent utilities the right to build long-range transmission projects without competition from outside bidders. Read more

Ohio Bill Would Prevent Homeowner Associations from Banning Solar

The bill would prevent all but “reasonable restrictions” on solar installations by homeowner associations, potentially helping hundreds of thousands of Ohioans access solar power. Read more

Big Coal States Eye Small Nuclear Reactors for Grid, Economy

Some of the nation’s biggest coal states are considering small nuclear. West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice signed a bill last week eliminating a quarter-century ban, while Indiana’s Senate passed a bill incentivizing the siting of next-generation nuclear plants at existing fossil plant sites. Read more

Florida House Offers Compromise to More Rooftop Solar Users

Abannoned well in Texas plains.The House sponsor of a proposal that would slash financial incentives and add fees for new home rooftop solar systems in Florida attempted to deliver an olive branch to opponents of the proposal. Read more


States Must Develop EV Infrastructure Plans to Access $5B in Federal Funding: DOE, DOT

EV charging station.States will need to develop EV charging infrastructure plans to access $5 billion in federal funding under a new program announced by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and Department of Energy (DOE). The program will allocate funds set aside by the 2021 infrastructure law for the development of a national charging network. Read more

U.S. Energy Department Plans $8 Billion in Hydrogen Initiatives

The Department of Energy is requesting information on how to spend billions of dollars in new funding for hydrogen projects approved through the bipartisan infrastructure bill. Read more

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