Michigan at a Crossroad: Charting a Future for Affordable Heating

Posted by Meron Lemmi on Feb 26, 2024 10:00:00 AM

New Study Shows Gas Bills Set to Surge

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Topics: Energy Efficiency, Michigan, Building Decarbonization

Maryland Legislation Aims to Support Grid Readiness, Electric Vehicles, and Building Decarbonization

Posted by Nick Bibby on Feb 13, 2024 2:00:00 PM

Marylands Bold Grid Readiness Bill Electrifying The Future 3

In recent years, Maryland has emerged as a frontrunner in clean energy leadership nationally, fueled by ambitious goals for clean energy and clean transportation. Policies like the Climate Solutions Now Act of 2022, the Advanced Clean Trucks (ACT) Rule, the Advanced Clean Cars II (ACCII) Rule, and the Maryland Building Energy Transition Plan prioritize electric vehicles (EVs), clean energy, and building electrification. However, while these policies are vital and the goals in them need to be met, their full implementation is going to require an electric system that we don’t yet have—and now there is groundbreaking legislation being considered in Annapolis that would address this aspect of the clean energy transition as well. 

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Topics: State Policy, Advanced Transportation, Maryland, Building Decarbonization

A Call for Parity Between Gas and Electric Utility Planning Processes

Posted by Sarah Steinberg on Jan 22, 2024 10:00:00 AM

New Report Calls for Modernization of Gas Utility Planning Processes

Electric utility resource and infrastructure planning has been a staple of electricity policy in most U.S. states for decades. Conducted in the public eye, with regulatory oversight and stakeholder participation, integrated resource plans, distribution plans, transmission plans, transportation electrification plans, energy efficiency and demand side management plans, grid modernization plans, and rate cases have all served to guide prudent electric system investments through an increasingly distributed and complex energy and policy landscape.  

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Topics: Building Decarbonization

Outdated Energy Laws are Costing New Yorkers Hundreds of Millions Each Year

Posted by Sarah Steinberg on Jan 8, 2024 9:30:00 AM

Repealing 100-Foot Rule is Key to Protecting Ratepayers’ Wallets 2

According to local legend, in New York, it’s still illegal to put an ice cream cone in one’s back pocket while in public on Sundays. As the story goes, this law was enacted to prevent thieves from subtly luring a horse away from its rightful owner before the dawn of the motor vehicle. Though silly, this example is indicative of a larger trend: old laws from the 19th and 20th centuries often remain on the books because it’s more of a hassle to repeal them than to simply stop enforcing them. This can happen as social norms change, or as new technologies eclipse old ones.  

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Topics: Energy Efficiency, New York, Building Electrification, Building Decarbonization

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