energy

CA Gov Cuts Out Trump-Allied Car Companies | 11-22-2019

California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) said the Golden State government will no longer buy cars from carmakers that don’t adhere to the state’s strict emissions rules. The boycott is a direct response to a bevy of car companies that recently...

Murphy Orders Doubling of NJ Wind Power | 11-22-2019

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) issued an executive order last week to more than double the Garden State’s goal for offshore wind power production. Under Executive Order No. 92 , the state will seek to produce 7,500 megawatts of wind power by 2035...

The Fires Next Time: The Threat to the West | 11-15-2019

Fire-prompted power shutoffs that left millions of Californians in the dark have pushed Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), one of the nation’s largest utilities, to the brink of a state government takeover. The blackouts touched off public...

Energy - November 18 2019 | 11-15-2019

California Public Utilities Commission Votes The CALIFORNIA Public Utilities Commission votes unanimously to order an investigation into the intentional blackouts by Pacific Gas & Electric and other utilities that left millions of Golden State...

States Win and Trump Loses In Courts | 10-18-2019

California would have the fifth largest economy in the world if the state was a separate nation. And ever since Donald Trump’s election as president of the United States, the Golden State has behaved as if it really is a separate country, standing...

Energy - October 14 2019 | 10-11-2019

CALIFORNIA Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) signs AB 1166 , which will require natural gas utilities to supply “electronic positive response” to regional utility notification centers before excavations. Those notification centers will then be required...

Energy - October 4 2019 | 10-04-2019

California Governor Signs Several Bills CALIFORNIA Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) signs several bills regulating power shutoffs during wildfires and other natural disasters, including: SB 167 , which requires investor-owned utilities to outline protocols in...

Trump Administration Revokes CA’s Authority Over Auto Emissions | 09-20-2019

For decades, California has been able to adopt auto emission regulations that are tougher than those approved by the federal government, thanks to a federal waiver allowing the state to set its own auto emission standards and other states to follow those...

Energy - September 23 2019 | 09-20-2019

New Hampshire House Fails to Override Governor's Veto of HB 365 The NEW HAMPSHIRE House fails to override Gov. Chris Sununu’s (R) veto of HB 365 , which would have raised from 1 megawatt to 5 the limit on how much solar and hydropower towns...

Energy - April 22 2019 | 04-19-2019

NV Senate Unanimously Approves SB 358 The NEVADA Senate unanimously approves SB 358 , which would raise the state’s Renewable Portfolio Standard to 50 percent by 2030. It moves to the Assembly (NEVADA INDEPENDENT).

Energy - March 25 2019 | 03-22-2019

SD Governor Signs SB 15 SOUTH DAKOTA Gov. Kristi Noem (R) signs SB 15 , which clarifies that the Flickertail State Public Utilities Commission has authority to ensure solar and wind energy facilities are permitted in a timely fashion and with public...

Energy - March 18 2019 | 03-15-2019

NM Legislature Gives Final Approval to SB 489 The NEW MEXICO Legislature gives final approval to SB 489 , which would require all electricity from publicly regulated utilities to be obtained from renewable and carbon-free resources by 2045. It goes...

Energy - March 11 2019 | 03-08-2019

WA Senate Approves SB 5116 The WASHINGTON Senate approves SB 5116 , which would mandate that all electrical utilities in the Evergreen State transition to 100 percent, carbon neutral electric supply by 2030, and 100 percent carbon-free electricity...

Energy - February 18 2019 | 02-15-2019

GA House Approves HB 23 The GEORGIA House unanimously approves HB 23 , which would allow Peach State electricity cooperatives to also sell high speed internet service. The measure moves to the Senate (ATLANTA JOURNAL CONSTITUTION).

Opportunities and Challenges for States in 2019 | 12-14-2018

In the third and final of our annual three-part series looking ahead to the coming legislative year, SNCJ Senior Advisor Lou Cannon takes a look at some of the challenges and opportunities that await lawmakers in 2019. This is also our final issue...

Energy - September 17 2018 | 09-14-2018

CA Governor signs SB 100 Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signs SB 100 , which requires that all retail electricity sold in the state be carbon-free by 2045. The Golden State joins HAWAII as the only states with a 100 percent carbon-free mandate (SACRAMENTO BEE...

Energy - September 10 2018 | 09-07-2018

DE Governor Signs SB 113 DELAWARE Gov. John Carney (D) signs SB 113 , a bill to establish Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) financing in the First State. PACE loans are funded by private lenders and are paid back through a voluntary...

Energy - August 20 2018 | 08-17-2018

IL Governor Signs SB 486 and SB 2591 ILLINOIS Gov. Bruce Rauner (R) signs two solar energy bills: SB 486 , which creates a standard tax assessment value for Prairie State solar farms, and SB 2591 , which sets standards for the construction and deconstruction...

Energy - July 2 2018 | 06-29-2018

PR Governor Signs Legislation Gov. Ricardo Rossello (NP) signs legislation that allows the U.S. territory to enter into public-private partnerships for the transmission and distribution of power as well as for services like billing and meter-reading...

Energy - June 18 2018 | 06-15-2018

PA Governor Signs SB 234 PENNSYLVANIA Gov. Tom Wolf (D) signs SB 234 , which allows municipal governments to set up energy improvement districts where private lenders can loan money to commercial or agricultural property owners who want to finance...

Energy - June 4 2018 | 06-01-2018

CA Senate Approves SB 1088 The CALIFORNIA Senate approves SB 1088 , a bill that would require the state to establish standards for strengthening the electrical grid and mandate that utilities file plans with the state to show how they will comply....

Energy - May 14 2018 | 05-11-2018

CT House and Senate Endorse SB 9 The CONNECTICUT House and Senate endorse SB 9 , a bill that would double the amount of renewable energy that Constitution State utilities will be required to purchase over the next decade, from 20 percent in 2020 to...

Energy - April 2 2018 | 03-30-2018

CO Governor Signs SB 9 COLORADO Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) signs SB 9 , which allows Centennial State residents to store energy gleaned from renewable sources like solar power without discrimination in rates or excessive barriers in connecting to the...

Energy - March 19 2018 | 03-16-2018

VA Governor Signs SB 966 VIRGINIA Gov. Ralph Northam (D) signs SB 966 , which removes a utility rate freeze made law in 2015 and allows monopoly utilities to use their “over-earnings” — revenues that state regulators consider excess...

Energy - December 11 2017 | 12-08-2017

NY GOVERNOR SIGNS AB 6571 NEW YORK Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) signs AB 6571 , an energy bill that requires the state Public Service Commission to establish a portfolio of energy storage policies, including a long-term energy storage target. The Empire State...

Energy - November 6 2017 | 11-03-2017

Vermont Impose Statewide Limits Lawmakers in VERMONT impose new statewide limits on wind power that are meant to prevent sound from disturbing neighbors' health and sleep. The new rules limit noise from large wind projects to 42 dBA during the...

Energy - July 17 2017 | 07-14-2017

Washington Signs SB 5939a WASHINGTON Gov. Jay Inslee (D) signs SB 5939a , a bill that extends until 2030 state tax incentives to Evergreen State consumers who install solar energy units on their homes. The incentive rates decrease each year after purchase...

Energy - March 20 2017 | 03-17-2017

Kentucky Approves HB 384 The KENTUCKY Senate approves HB 384 , which would replace up to three of the four required annual underground mine inspections with mine safety analysis visits and reduce the minimum number of annual full electrical inspections...

Energy - March 13 2017 | 03-10-2017

Nebraska Indefinitely Postpones LB 660 The NEBRASKA Natural Resources Committee unanimously votes to indefinitely postpone LB 660 , which would have allowed private energy developers to enter the Cornhusker State energy market. The Committee also unanimously...

Energy - January 16 2017 | 01-13-2017

Energy in OH OHIO Gov. John Kasich (R) vetoes Substitute House Bill 554 , which would have extended a freeze on renewable-energy standards for the past two years by making them voluntary for 2017 and 2018 (CLEVELAND PLAIN-DEALER).

Energy - December 19 2016 | 12-16-2016

The OHIO House and Senate endorse HB 554 , which would allow utilities to continue ignoring the Buckeye State’s renewable energy targets for the next two years. The standards were initially created in 2008 and require utilities to make up 12.5 percent...

Energy - August 15 2016 | 08-12-2016

MASSACHUSETTS Gov. Charlie Baker (R) signs HB 4568 , a wide ranging energy bill that, among several things, directs utilities to procure 1,600 megawatts of offshore wind, 1,200 megawatts of hydroelectric power from sources outside the Bay State, promotes...

Energy - May 9 2016 | 05-05-2016

NH Gov Signs HB 1116 NEW HAMPSHIRE Gov. Maggie Hassan (D) signs HB 1116 , legislation that doubles the cap on so-called net metering, which allows solar power generators to sell excess power back to the electric grid (PORTLAND PRESS HERALD).

Energy - April 18 2016 | 04-15-2016

HB 4173 Signed in MA MASSACHUSETTS Gov. Charlie Baker (R) signs HB 4173 , which lifts the cap on private solar power projects eligible for net metering credits from 4 percent to 7 percent of peak electrical usage, and from 5 percent to 8 percent on...

Energy & Environment - April 11 2016 | 04-08-2016

Energy In NJ The NEW JERSEY Senate approves SB 1707 , which would require Garden State utility companies to source at least 80 percent of their electricity from renewable energy sources by the year 2050. It moves to the House (CLEANTECHNICA.COM). ...

Energy & Environment - April 4 2016 | 04-01-2016

Energy In WI WISCONSIN Gov. Scott Walker (R) signs AB 25, which bars Badger State agencies from enforcing the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) rule prohibiting the commercial sale of less-than-optimum energy efficient wood stoves...

Energy & Environment - March 21 2016 | 03-18-2016

Energy In OR OREGON Gov. Kate Brown (D) signs HB 1547, a bill that requires the state’s two largest utilities to stop paying for out-of-state coal power by 2030 and serve half their customers’ demand with renewable sources such as wind...

Few States Focusing On Self-Driving Vehicles | 03-11-2016

Since 2011, when Nevada became the first state to authorize the operation of self-driving cars, five other states -- California, Florida, Michigan, North Dakota and Tennessee -- have enacted legislation, and Arizona’s governor has issued an executive...

Regulation of Self-Driving Cars Headed for Fast Lane | 03-11-2016

Development of autonomous, or self-driving, vehicle technologies by Google, Tesla Motors and others has been progressing rapidly in recent years. But state efforts to regulate the testing and operation of self-driving cars on public roads have been moving...

Energy - March 7 2016 | 03-04-2016

Energy In OR The OREGON House approves SB 1547, which would require Beaver State utilities, by 2040, to serve half their customers’ demand with renewable power sources such as wind and solar. The measure returns to the House (OREGONLIVE.COM)...

Oil Price Collapse Pressures State Budgets | 02-19-2016

The collapse of oil prices is taking a toll on energy-producing states. As job losses mount in the nation’s oil patch, depressed oil and commodity prices are having a ripple effect on state budgets. As many as a dozen states have been affected...

Energy - February 22 2016 | 02-19-2016

The OREGON House approves HB 4036, which would eliminate the use of coal power in Oregon by 2030. The measure, which would also require the state’s largest energy providers to obtain 50 percent of their energy from renewable sources by 2014, moves...

Energy - February 1 2016 | 01-29-2016

The Supreme Court of the United States rules that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) did not exceed its authority by implementing a “demand response” rule that requires electric utilities to give customers fiscal incentives to...

Energy - November 23 2015 | 11-20-2015

Energy in MA The MASSACHUSETTS House and Senate fail to reach agreement on legislation to raise the cap on the amount of net solar metering credits allowed in a particular utility’s system. Each chamber passed legislation of its own (HB 3857...