Plugged In | Energy News for the States | February 2022


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Plugged In, Vol. 10, issue 1 | February 2022

DHS Warns Local Authorities, Critical Infrastructure Providers Over Potential Russian Cyberattacks

daniel.shea@ncsl.orgInfrastructure control room.The Department of Homeland Security warned state and local governments and critical infrastructure providers across the U.S. that Russia may launch direct cyberattacks if it perceives actions by the U.S. or NATO as a threat to its national security. Read more

Related: Extremists Have Developed 'Credible, Specific Plans' to Attack the US Power Grid, DHS Says in New Warning. Read more

Hochul Eyes NY Clean Hydrogen Hub in Auburn, Other Cities

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul aims to create a renewable hydrogen hub in the state to take advantage of federal infrastructure funding, which sets aside funding for four clean hydrogen hubs across the United States. Elements of this plan include four regional locations across the state, the development of new clean hydrogen regulations, microgrids and funding for hydrogen expansion. Read more

Six States Adopt Clean Truck Rule

Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, and Washington approved California’s Advanced Clean Truck rule late last year, which will be requiring a growing percentage of all medium- and heavy-duty trucks sold to be zero-emission vehicles starting in 2025. These states account for about 20% of the nation’s trucking fleet, and their new rules could have a significant nationwide impact on the industry. Read more

Legislature Checks in on Energy Efficiency Program Nixed by the Public Utilities Commission

Solar worker monitoring system.The New Hampshire House unanimously approved a bill that would save the state’s energy efficiency program after it was effectively ended by the state Public Utilities Commission. The law would also give the legislature control over setting the rate of the system benefits charge that funds the program. Read more

Biden Administration Sets Framework to Fund $4.7B US Orphan Well Cleanup

Abannoned well in Texas plains.The Biden administration announced a new interagency framework for working with states and tribes to distribute $4.7 billion to help close and remediate abandoned oil and gas well sites, prioritizing those that pose the greatest public health and environmental risks. Read more

West Virginia Lawmakers Consider Lifting Ban on Nuclear Power

The West Virginia Senate Economic Development Committee recommended the passage of legislation that would repeal the state’s ban on the construction of nuclear power plants, which has been in effect since 1996. This follows recent similar actions from other states like Montana and Kentucky. Read more

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