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Plugged In | October 2022

Vol. 10, Issue 9

October 1, 2022

DOE Begins Accepting Applications for $425M in Major Boost to State Clean Energy Funding

States have previously used funding to build solar canopies and install EV chargers, or to develop solar resources at retired mines. Every state may apply; applications are due Nov. 4, 2022. Read more

Biden Administration Awards $900M to 35 States for EV Charging Network as Automakers Ramp Up Battery Plans 

The administration announced Sept. 14 it has approved the EV charging network plans submitted by 35 states under the new National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure program, with investments totaling $900 million. 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 on December 7-8.

West Virginia Lawmakers Bypass State Utility Regulators to Land Green Energy Plant

State lawmakers recently passed a law that will allow Berkshire Hathaway Energy to provide renewable electricity in a newly created special business district without oversight from the Public Service Commission. Read more

5th Circuit Strikes Down Texas Transmission Right of First Refusal Law 

On Aug. 30, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals struck down a 2019 Texas law that restricted the ability to build, own or operate new transmissions lines to only those entities already owning transmission facilities in the same region of the state. Read more

California Legislature Aims for 90% Clean Electricity by 2035 as Part of Sweeping Climate Package 

State lawmakers passed several bills to close their session, including a 90% clean energy target by 2035, support for clean energy projects, and funding and authorization to delay the retirement of the 2.2 GW Diablo Canyon nuclear facility. Read more

Coal Plants Could Host 265 GW of Advanced Nuclear, Costing 35% Less Than Greenfield Projects

About 80% of coal-fired power plant sites could host an advanced nuclear power reactor, using existing transmission, infrastructure and facilities to reduce costs, according to a new Department of Energy report. Read more

Amid a Massive American Clean Energy Shift, Grid Operators Play Catch-Up 

While grid operators are working hard to manage the transition to renewables while ensuring reliability and keeping costs stable, long interconnection queues and other challenges have proven difficult to overcome. Read more

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