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Carbon Capture in the Southeast | Registration Open for Free Webinar!

Join us August 25th at 11 a.m. as we discuss the ongoing work of our carbon capture regional initiative, SECARB-USA. SSEB has been actively involved in the study and promotion of carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) for nearly two decades.

Our carbon capture experts will be joined by SSEB’s project partners, such as Richard Esposito of Southern Company and Dr. Susan Hovorka from the Bureau of Economic Geology at UT Austin, to discuss our past and future work on CCUS issues and priorities, including the current push for the inclusion of carbon capture technology in federal decarbonization efforts. Click below to register now.

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Announcements Meetings

Register Now for our 61st Annual Meeting!

Registration for our 61st Annual Meeting is now open!

Our Chair, Oklahoma’s Governor Kevin Stitt, will host the 3-day event from Sept. 27-29 in Oklahoma City.

The theme, Energy Pioneers in the New Frontier, will guide our discussions pertaining to emergent technologies and the exploration of new and refined ways to secure America’s energy future.

After last year’s virtual Annual Meeting, we are back with an in-person conference hosted at the newly built Omni Hotel located in the heart of Oklahoma City’s entertainment district. Nearby attractions include the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, the Oklahoma City Zoo, and much more!

The discounted room rate for this event is $189 per night plus taxes and fees. Space is limited, so we recommend registering and reserving your room as soon as possible.

If you have any questions about the registration or hotel reservation process, please contact our Event Planner, Michelle Thornton, via email.

Interested in sponsoring our event? Please contact our Grants & Accounting Manager, Leigh Hawkins, via email or use the contact form here.

We can’t wait to see you all this fall!

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2021 Preliminary Digest Available Now

The Preliminary version of our 2021 Energy & Environment Legislative Digest is now available. This edition is current as of June 25, 2021. If you have any suggestions or additions for the digest, please contact Turney Foshee. Click below to read it now.

This year, our members passed their highest number of bills since 2015 for a total of 512 energy and environmental acts. At the time of printing, dozens more energy and environment bills awaited a Governor’s signature. Look for those in the final edition of the Digest in September. Copies will be available at our 61st Annual Meeting, held this year in Oklahoma City from September 27-29.

Several trends emerged in our member states over the past year. Chief among that trend was the passage of what is commonly known as “energy discrimination” laws. Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, Texas, and West Virginia all passed some version of the law, which is generally intended to prohibit any political subdivision from halting the expansion, connection, or reconnection of a utility service based upon the type or source of energy provided to a customer.

The pandemic’s effect of necessitating high-speed internet access for a surge in virtual events, telemedicine, virtual schooling, and more means the trend that began last year with enhanced broadband deployment measures has continued this year. Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia all passed laws pertaining to broadband deployment via easement provisions with utilities, tax incentives, and the establishment of offices dedicated to the deployment of broadband access.

Our Digest also covers the trends surrounding the legislative push for electric vehicle infrastructure, electric vehicle ad valorem taxation and tax breaks, and the associated issue of battery production and disposal. Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, and Virginia all addressed the topic.

Renewable energy saw a resurgence in bills this year as well. Several of our states passed tax incentives and other statutes affecting the deployment of wind, solar, and the associated energy storage systems both privately and commercially owned.

Related to the matter of renewable technology, several states also passed laws prohibiting the ability for housing associations to restrict solar installations and/or electric vehicle charging infrastructure. You can look for those bills in the states of Florida, Louisiana, Maryland, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia.

Our members in Texas passed the most bills this year with 85 total. Many of the measures were directed at addressing the problems created by the historic winter storm Uri, which devastated parts of Texas in February 2021 with prolonged power outages. We offer our deepest sympathy to those who were affected by the storm. The bills passed in Texas this session will help to ensure the reliable delivery of critical energy services.