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CPUC Refines EPIC Program Strategic Objectives for Decarbonization
The agency is working to focus the strategic objectives of its utility-funded Electric Program Investment Charge program to better support the state’s ambitious goals to decarbonize its economy.
California Energy Commission
Calif. Clean Transportation Program Needs Equity Emphasis
California must find ways to allocate more of its funding for ZEV infrastructure to disadvantaged communities, according to an advisory committee for the Energy Commission's Clean Transportation Program Investment Plan.
Energy and Environmental Economics (E3), Ava Community Energy and Gridworks
Targeted Electrification ‘Promising but No Silver Bullet’ for Gas Cost Dilemma
Targeted electrification could allow decommissioning of up to 10% of gas mains but is no silver bullet for solving the gas cost challenge, researchers say.  
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DC Circuit Hears Arguments on FERC LNG Plant Approval
The D.C. Circuit heard oral arguments on FERC’s approval of the Commonwealth LNG facility in Cameron, La.
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Mass. EJ Groups Rally Behind Permitting, Siting Reforms
Groups emphasize the negative effects existing permitting and siting procedures have had on vulnerable populations in the state.
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New Jersey Backs Geothermal Study, EV Charger Bills
Lawmakers gave final passage to bills to study geothermal heat pump systems, promote electric vehicle charger installation and require status updates of residential solar systems in home sales.
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White House Releases Climate Assessment, $6B for Resilience Projects
DOE is opening the second round of funding for its Grid Resilience and Innovation Partnership program, which will offer $3.9 billion from the IIJA for projects that will modernize the grid, increase capacity, and unlock renewable energy resources.
Raritan Valley Community College
NJ Push for 100% Clean Electricity Meets Opposition
A bill to require that only clean electricity be sold in New Jersey by 2035 has stalled over concerns from environmentalists, labor groups and solar developers.
Massachusetts DEP
Mass. Stakeholders Debate the Scope of Clean Heat Standard
Massachusetts energy providers, consumers and climate advocates presented contrasting visions of what solutions should be included in a clean heat standard.
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Overheard at NECPUC 75th Annual Symposium
Transmission planning, energy siting and maximizing federal funding highlighted discussions at NECPUC's 75th annual symposium last week.

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