Plugged In | Energy News for the States | June 2022

6/7/2022

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Plugged In

 Vol. 10, Issue 5| June 2022

Identifying and Mitigating Risks: Utility and State Planning Practices

daniel.shea@ncsl.orgInfrastructure control room.This June 16 webinar will explore how states have increasingly required electric utilities to plan for and mitigate risks associated with the most common natural threats in each region, and will look at how state regulators and utilities have implemented new requirements to enhance system resilience. Register now

Energy Justice and the Energy Transition

View of low income power sources.This report examines recent state policy related to energy justice, including energy affordability, infrastructure siting, community renewable energy development, and the incorporation of energy justice considerations into broader emissions reduction and renewable energy programs. Read more

Will Clean Energy Make the Short List in North Carolina’s Short Session?

North Carolina State Capitol.Five energy-related bills are in the mix that could lower utility bills, expand access to rooftop solar, and promote electric vehicles. Read more

DOE to Buy Capacity on Proposed Power Lines Through $2.5B Transmission Funding Program 

The Department of Energy plans to launch a solicitation this year to buy capacity on proposed transmission lines, a move designed to help projects move forward by giving them increased financial certainty, according to a request for information released recently.  Read more

New Maine Utility Law Requires Integrated Planning, Sets Penalties for Reliability Failures

The Maine Legislature voted in favor of a bill that would establish new performance measures for the state’s two major electric utilities and add financial penalties for failure to meet the benchmarks. In extreme circumstances, the utilities could face a forced sale for repeated violations. Read more

Michigan House Advances Nuclear Feasibility Study Bill

michigan state houseThe Michigan House of Representatives last week passed a bill to initiate a feasibility study for new sources of nuclear energy in the state. The costs of House Bill 6019 have not been determined, but the bill will require an extensive independent study of future nuclear energy projects in Michigan should the governor sign it. The bill would require both economic and environmental impact statements as well as recommendations for new nuclear energy power plant sites and safety criteria. Read more

Connecticut EV Rebate Reforms Include Point-Of-Sale Vouchers

Electric vehicle charging.Connecticut’s electric vehicle rebate program is about to undergo an expansion and overhaul that will place a higher priority on equity. The reforms are part of the Connecticut Clean Air Act recently approved by lawmakers. Gov. Ned Lamont signed the bill into law. Read more

Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana in National Competition to Land Hydrogen Hub

A total of $8 billion is up for grabs to states chosen to start one of four hydrogen hubs. The money is part of the federal infrastructure law. This project hopes to assess the viability of a hydrogen economy from production to processing, delivery, storage and end use.  Read more

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