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 Vol. 10, Issue 3 | April 2022

Maryland’s Gas Tax Suspended for 30 Days

daniel.shea@ncsl.orgInfrastructure control room.A newly enacted bill suspends Maryland’s gas tax of 36 cents a gallon for 30 days. That means a driver of a vehicle with a 12-gallon tank could save about $4.32 a fill-up. Lawmakers approved the legislation and sent it to Gov. Larry Hogan, who signed it into law on March 18. He noted that Maryland has become the first state to immediately suspend the gas tax amid sharply rising prices. Read more

Related: Other legislatures, for example in Georgia and Michigan, passed similar bills in March.

Maine Proposes Tougher Standards for Power Utilities

The Maine Public Utilities Commission is considering a plan to add new performance standards through rulemaking similar to those proposed in a bill pending in the Legislature. Read more

Indiana SMR Bill Signed Into Law

Indiana has joined the growing list of states looking into small modular reactors for future nuclear energy production as their coal-fired plants are retired. Read more

3 States Join Hydrogen Hub Chase

Louisiana, Oklahoma and Arkansas are banding together in hopes of becoming one of four “hydrogen hubs” supported by $8 billion in last year’s federal infrastructure bill. Read more

Bill Could Solidify Florida’s Status as Waste-to-Energy Capital

If signed into law, the bill will establish a unique program to subsidize power purchase agreements and expansion expenses for municipally owned combustion facilities. Read more

Maryland Sets Savings Target in ‘Crucial’ Equity, Efficiency Bill

EV charging station.Maryland lawmakers recently passed legislation targeting 1% annual energy savings for low-income households by 2026 and requiring the state to make the necessary investments through its Department of Housing and Community Development. Read more

Interior Releases Guidance for Orphaned Well Program

The Department of the Interior released draft guidance for states on how to apply for the first $775 million in grants available this year to create jobs cleaning up polluted and unsafe orphaned oil and gas well sites. The program is part of the bipartisan infrastructure law, which provides a total of $4.7 billion to address orphaned wells across the country. Read more

Court Rules Administration Can Use Key Climate Metric

A federal appellate court has ruled that the Biden administration can once again factor the cost of greenhouse gas emissions into its decision-making on oil and gas leases and other environmental regulations. Read more

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