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April 21, 2024

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NY Energy Officials Optimistic About Transition Despite Slow Progress
Transmission development and siting reform were a central theme at the 2024 New York Energy Summit.
Alternatives for Community and Environment
Report Shows Uneven Burdens of Power Infrastructure in Mass.
As the Massachusetts legislature gears up to address permitting and siting challenges for clean energy infrastructure, a new report shows how the state has disproportionately sited electricity infrastructure in environmental justice communities.
Eversource
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.
DOE
Can DOE Accelerate US Energy Transition as 2024 Election Looms?

DOE is focused on reshaping the U.S. energy landscape, but officials may have only another year to build the momentum needed to make any potential Republican rollbacks unpopular and unlikely.

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FERC Gets Growing Calls to Finish Transmission Rule in 2024
A growing chorus of stakeholders is hoping to see a final transmission planning rule from FERC sometime in the New Year, with a set of letters sent to the commission.
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Infrastructure and Coordination Hot Topics at NECBC Conference

Serge Abergel of Hydro-Québec touted the potential benefits of using hydropower to balance out wind power and reduce curtailment instead of simply using hydropower as base load.

SPP
DOE Announces $3.46B for Grid Resilience, Improvement Projects
DOE announced $3.46 billion in funding for grid resilience and improvement projects, including the MISO-SPP joint targeted interconnection queue portfolio.
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Long-term Optimism Meets Short-term Concern at Offshore WINDPOWER 2023
The American Clean Power Association’s Offshore WINDPOWER conference discussed uncertainty and the need for federal support amidst supply chain snarls and high interest rates.
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Northeast Stakeholders Push Transmission Planning, Siting Reform

Speakers at Raab Associates’ New England Electricity Restructuring Roundtable emphasized the importance of transmission planning to ensure the grid can handle increased amounts of variable clean energy and higher demand from electrification.

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Massachusetts Announces Permitting And Siting Reform Commission
Massachusetts Gov. Maura Healey signed an executive order creating a state Commission on Clean Energy Infrastructure Siting and Permitting.

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