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Plugged In | November 2022

Vol. 10, Issue 10

November 1, 2022

Arkansas Lawmakers Discuss Solar Power, Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

During the Legislature’s Joint Committee on Energy meeting, lawmakers discussed clean energy and electric vehicle programs as the state prepares for an influx of federal funds. Read more

US Announces Sale of Rights for California Offshore Wind Development

This is the first sale of wind development rights off the California coast. The Department of Interior plans to hold the sale on Dec. 6 to spur industry growth in the Pacific Ocean. Read more

Forecasting the Hottest Issues for 2023

Join your colleagues in San Diego Dec. 5-7 for NCSL Forecast ’23, a new program designed to deliver insight into the policy issues you'll face in 2023 and provide training designed to set you up for maximum success during next year’s legislative sessions. Early bird $99 pricing for legislators and staff available through Nov. 11.

NCSL’s Task Force on Energy Supply will also meet in San Diego Dec. 7-8.

For Offshore Wind Energy to Become Reality, Transmission Hurdles Must Be Cleared

Getting massive amounts of power from offshore to electric consumers may require upgrades to the grid and improved regional planning by states and grid operators. Read more

What a Supreme Court Case on Pigs Means for Renewable Energy

Implications of the court’s ruling in National Pork Producers Council v. Ross could extend beyond pigpens to the way states set requirements for cleaner electricity. Read more

Hurricanes Ian and Ida Hammered Two States’ Grids. The Stories Diverged From There

Investments in electric grid hardening and other resilience efforts may have led to quicker power restoration and less overall infrastructure damage. Read more

Utilities Face Possible Capacity Shortfalls in Extreme Weather: FERC

U.S. grid operators, including ISO-NE, ERCOT and MISO, easily have adequate power supplies for normal winter conditions, but extreme winter weather could stress capacity. Read more

Miles From Lake Mead, Rural Utilities Struggle with Colorado River Shortage

Lake Mead has dropped to historic lows amid a Colorado River drought that’s lasted two decades, forcing states and utilities to get creative to maintain power supply amid rising costs. Read more

New England States Poised to Capitalize on New Climate Law Incentives

Almost every state in the region has adopted laws requiring emission reductions. Resulting energy plans could help them secure Inflation Reduction Act funds. Read more

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