This Week in Energy

Every Wednesday, Stateside Associates will feature energy-related legislative, regulatory, and federal programs impacting state and local public policies and proceedings, including upcoming Groups events, activities, and conversations in This Week in Energy.

For more information on our Energy Practice, please contact Taylor Beis.

LEGISLATIVE, REGULATORY and LOCAL UPDATES

LEGISLATIVE HIGHLIGHTS

ALASKA  

The Senate Labor and Commerce Committee will hold a hearing on April 10 regarding the following. For more information on these measures, contact Ian Thompson.

  • SB 257: This measure establishes the Railbelt Transmission Organization within the Alaska Energy Authority (Authority) to oversee, manage, and develop backend transmission systems that serve the Kenai Peninsula and interior Alaska. Integrated grid planning must be completed at least once every 10 years.  
     
  • SB 152: This measure requires electric utilities to create community energy programs for subscriber organizations that request interconnection. Utilities must create a community energy plan only for retail customers or member-owners of the utility. Community energy programs may not create more than a combined 50 megawatts of alternating current. Utilities are permitted to bill community energy facility subscribers regarding kilowatt-hour charges of applicable charges and petition the Regulatory Commission of Alaska (Commission) to change electric rate designs if it is consistent with established rate classes.   

 

CALIFORNIA  

The Assembly Appropriations Committee will hold a hearing on April 10 regarding AB 2092. This measure requires the Public Utilities Commission to administer a study on the use of small modular reactors (SMR). This study must include the benefits of utilizing SMRs in comparison to other renewable energy sources and impacts on energy affordability, reliability, employment, decarbonization, and environmental justice. The study must look into solutions for spent fuels from SMRs.  

Contact: Ian Thompson   

  

The Assembly Committee on Local Government will hold a hearing on April 10 regarding AB 2427. This measure requires the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development to develop a model permitting checklist, model zoning ordinances, and best practices for permit costs and permit review timelines to help local governments permit curbside charging stations as part of the office’s development of the Electric Vehicle Charging Station Permitting Guidebook or any subsequent updates. 

Contact: Maxwell Klein   

  

The Assembly Transportation Committee will hold a hearing on April 15 regarding AB 2815. This measure would require the State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission to provide, on or before January 1, 2026, funding for repairs or replacement of nonoperational electric vehicle charging stations through a new or existing program pursuant to this measure. Funding shall be limited to owners and operators of an electric vehicle charging station that is five years old, that was installed before January 1, 2024, and that is located in a publicly available parking space. 

Contact: Maxwell Klein   

 

The Assembly Jobs, Economic Development, and the Economy Committee will hold a hearing on April 16 regarding AB 2448. This measure would establish, subject to appropriation, an Electric Vehicle Economic Opportunity Zone (EVEOZ) for the County of Riverside, administered by the California Competes Tax Credit Committee, to create programs to make electric vehicle manufacturing jobs and education more accessible to lower-income communities. 

Contact: Maxwell Klein   

  

The Senate Energy, Utilities, and Communications Committee will hold a hearing on April 16 regarding the following. For more information on these measures, contact Ian Thompson. 

  • SB 1148: This measure provides an energy storage facility that provides backup energy using renewable energy resources at a multifamily site and electricity used at a multifamily site generated on-site in California does not need to be individually metered. This also applies if each tenant's electric costs are less than the effective fully bundled rate.    
     
  • SB 1006: This measure requires transmission utilities to prepare a grid-enhancing technologies strategy plan by January 1, 2026. Once finished, a plan must be submitted to the Public Utilities Commission.  
     
  • SB 993: This measure requires the Public Utilities Commission to create a clean energy development incentive rate time-of-use tariff to encourage the development of new commercial or industrial electrical loads for facilities. This tariff must be created by July 1, 2026. 
     
  • SB 1311: This measure makes requirements for the Reliability Planning Assessment, completed by the State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission and the Public Utilities Commission, and submitted to the Legislature. This includes information related to the status of transmission upgrades and approval of applications for certificates of public convenience (broken down by energy resource type) in the Independent System Operator's queue.  

 

COLORADO 

The House Energy & Environment Committee will hold a hearing on April 11 regarding HB 1346. This measure permits the Energy and Carbon Management Commission to regulate, issue, and enforce permits related to geologic storage.  

Contact: Ian Thompson   

  

ILLINOIS 

The House Appropriations - Public Safety Committee will hold a hearing on April 10 regarding HB 5263. This measure appropriates $50,000,000 from the General Revenue Fund to the Electric Vehicle Rebate Fund for the Electric Vehicle Rebate Program. 

Contact: Maxwell Klein   

  

The House Appropriations - General Services Committee will hold a hearing on April 12 regarding HB 2287. This measure provides that all school buses that are newly purchased, leased, or contracted after January 1, 2028, must be electric vehicles. All school buses that provide transportation for enrolled students operating primarily within an equity investment-eligible community or primarily serving students living in an equity investment-eligible community after January 1, 2030, must be electric vehicles. All school buses that provide transportation for enrolled students in the State after January 1, 2035, must be electric vehicles. 

Contact: Maxwell Klein   

  

LOUISIANA 

The House Committee on Natural Resources and Environment will hold a hearing on April 10 regarding HR 2. This measure urges the Congress of the United States to enact legislation that would reform federal permitting policies for energy infrastructure. These reforms should include: 

  • Limiting judicial action to slow projects 
  • Inappropriate usage of the Clean Water Act 
  • Reforms to plan, permit, and pay for the buildout of transmission infrastructure 
  • Allow the domestic buildout of nuclear and hydrogen technologies  

Contact: Ian Thompson  

  

MINNESOTA 

The House Labor and Industry Finance and Policy Committee will hold a hearing on April 11 regarding HF 3439. This measure amends the State Building Code to require electric vehicle charging infrastructure in all new residential buildings that provide on-site parking facilities. 

Contact: Maxwell Klein   

  

NEW HAMPSHIRE 

The House Executive Departments and Administration Committee will hold a hearing on April 10 regarding SB 430. This measure establishes a council to study the impacts of electric vehicles, e-mobility devices, and the associated lithium-ion batteries on first responder response, the environment, building and fire codes, life safety, and protection. 

Contact: Maxwell Klein   

  

The House Science, Technology, and Energy Committee will hold an executive session on April 15 regarding the following. For more information on these measures, contact Ian Thompson.

  • SB 540: This measure requires the Department of Energy to launch a study related to public policy that can create accurate and efficient price signals for energy storage projects that avoid actual transmission and distribution costs. They must find ways to encourage utility and non-utility investment in energy storage projects. This must be completed by December 30, 2025 and sent to the General Court.  
     
  • SB 451: This measure requires an applicant trying to expand an existing energy facility to publish public notice in a newspaper. The Site Evaluation Committee (Committee) must decide if the expansion of a facility would be in the public interest and meet requirements under current law within 30 days of an application being filed. 

RHODE ISLAND 

The House Committee on Finance will hold a hearing on April 10 regarding HB 7859. The measure establishes additional regulations and mandates governmental bodies to replace all gasoline-powered vehicles with zero-emission vehicles at the end of their service life and procure the zero-emission vehicles for any of their new fleet vehicles. If ZEV (zero emission vehicles) are unavailable or deemed as inadequate replacements, a waiver will allow for the procurement of alternative-fueled vehicles until "ZEVs" become available but the waivers are limited to three waivers per calendar year unless the governing bodies can demonstrate the unavailability of ZEVs for adequate replacements. 

Contact: Maxwell Klein   

REGULATORY HIGHLIGHTS

There are no regulatory highlights this week.

 

LOCAL HIGHLIGHTS

For more information regarding the below local highlights, please contact Stephanie Rojo, Director of Local Services.

CALIFORNIA

The Mountain View City Council met on April 9 and voted to suspend the city's all-electric building requirements for new construction or otherwise prohibiting the use or installation of gas appliances. This decision follows a Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision on a similar ordinance in Berkeley. City staff will continue to communicate with other cities and regional groups, such as Silicon Valley Clean Energy, on pathways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in new construction, as well as monitor any new state code requirements as part of the 2025 Triennial California Building Code update next year. Video of the meeting is available here.

 

CONNECTICUT

The Greenwich Representative Town Meeting met on April 8 and approved a sense of the meeting resolution to support Net Zero Energy standards for new construction, replacement, or extension building projects for the Town of Greenwich and Greenwich Public Schools to reduce capital and operating costs and lower energy consumption. The Board of Selectmen has set a goal of lowering energy spending and energy consumption by 20-40% by 2030, and the Town of Greenwich Plan of Conservation and Development prioritizes the reduction of the Town’s energy consumption by 20 percent in the short term, with a larger goal of a 40 percent reduction to follow. Video of the meeting is available here.

 

MINNESOTA

The St. Paul City Council will meet on April 10 to consider an ordinance amending Chapter 63 of the Legislative Code pertaining to electric vehicle charging infrastructure in surface parking lots.

 

SOUTH DAKOTA

The Yankton County Wind Task Force will meet on April 11 to conduct a final review of the proposed wind energy development ordinance and its potential recommendation to the Planning Commission. 

INFRASTRUCTURE HIGHLIGHTS

The section below provides snippets of weekly updates on infrastructure and infrastructure funding policy, programs, and deployment updates related to clean transportation. For more information on our Infrastructure Funding Services, including our first-class grants, awards, and incentives monitoring database, click here

CLEAN TRANSPORTATION: ELECTRIC VEHICLES & CHARGING INFRASTRUCTURE

COLORADO
On April 4, Governor Jared Polis (D) and the Colorado Energy Office (CEO) announced $21 million in grant awards through the Direct-Current Fast-Charging (DCFC) Plazas program. Funded through the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) Program and the state’s Community Access Enterprise (CAE), these grants create 290 new fast charger ports at 46 different sites across the state. This will increase Colorado’s existing public fast-charger network of more than 1,000 ports by about 28%.

FEDERAL
On April 4, the Joint Office of Energy and Transportation (Joint Office), in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Clean Energy to Communities (C2C) program, has launched the Public Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure Playbook, featuring interactive resources to help communities plan and build infrastructure to support a zero-emission transportation system.  
 
PENNSYLVANIA

On April 4, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced $20 million in investments for Round 1A of the federal NEVI funding.

GROUPS EVENTS

For more information on these events, please contact Taylor Beis.

National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO)

Mid-Atlantic Region Meeting

Lambertville, NJ

April 11-12

    National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO)

    West Region Meeting

    Honolulu, HI

    April 16-17