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 Vol. 10, Issue 4 | May 2022

NEW REPORT - 2021 Legislative Energy Trends

daniel.shea@ncsl.orgInfrastructure control room.Although 2021 was characterized by the continuing global pandemic and its associated impacts on individuals and the economy, energy policy discussions across state legislatures continued to address the highest energy-related priorities in each state. The report examines state legislative action in 2021, highlighting trends in state energy policy and identifying topics likely to take priority in 2022 and beyond. Read more

Virginia Governor Approves Tax Exemption for Residential and Mixed-Use Solar Installations

Community solar complex.Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin has signed into law a bill creating property tax exemptions for residential and mixed-use solar installation of less than 25 kilowatts. Read more

Arizona Legislature Advances Bill Restricting Retail Competition in Effort to Promote Reliability

Arizona State Capitol.The Arizona Senate passed House Bill 2101, advancing legislation to the governor’s desk intended to address reliability issues and prevent blackouts similar to recent disruptions in Texas and California. Read more

Utility Oversight Bill Advances After Differences Resolved 

The Maine Legislature voted in favor of a bill to increase oversight of the state’s two major electric utilities. The bill would establish new performance measures 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 Democratic Lawmakers: Pay Utility Customers by the Hour for Outages

Michigan state house.Michigan House Democrats are pushing a package of bills to crack down on utility companies responsible for days-long power outages in the state. Read more

 

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Announces New 49 MPG Fleet Fuel Economy Standards 2026

Man pumping gas.The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced new, stricter future corporate fuel economy standards thru 2026, undoing the lower standards set during the previous administration. Automakers will have to make sure their industry-wide fleet average fuel economy is 49 mpg by the 2026 vehicle model year. Read more

 

Biden’s Defense Production Act Order Promises Money to Miners

President Joe Biden’s recent move to invoke a Cold War-era law to boost mineral development will provide federal money to help jump-start new mines or expand existing ones. Read more

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