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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.

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Webinar

CCUS Regional Initiatives Webinar Registration Open

July 15 | 11 to 12:15 pm EDT via Zoom

In this free webinar, we will explore the past, present, and future work of three regional initiatives (RIs) related to carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS).

The RIs and respective project leads highlighted in this webinar are:

  • The Carbon Utilization and Storage Partnership (CUSP) – New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology

    Dr. Robert Balch
    Director
    Petroleum Recovery Research Center

  • The Midwest Regional Carbon Initiative (MRCI) – Battelle Memorial Institute

    Dr. Neeraj Gupta
    Technical Director – Carbon Management
    Energy Division, Battelle

    Dr. Sallie Greenberg
    Associate Director of Energy & Minerals
    Illinois State Geological Survey ; and

  • The Plains CO2 Reduction Partnership (PCO2R) – University of North Dakota’s Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC)

    Ed Steadman
    VP for Research
    EERC
Map illustrating the geographic boundaries of each of the four Regional Initiatives. The legend shows the Project Lead for each Initiative.

This session will also feature Jason Lanclos, the Director of the Louisiana State Energy Office, discussing the value and effects of regional carbon capture initiatives.

A future webinar will cover Southern States Energy Board’s SECARB-USA initiative. Ensure you’re signed up for our newsletter, so you don’t miss it.

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Announcements Meetings

Registration for our 61st Annual Meeting Opens Soon!

Mark your calendars! Registration for our 61st Annual Meeting opens soon. Please ensure you’re signed up for our newsletter to receive notice when registration opens.

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

Last year, we hosted a truncated, virtual version of our 60th Annual Meeting.

This year, 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.

If you are interested in sponsoring the 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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SECARB Offshore Conference Video Available

On April 14-15, we held our third annual joint SECARB Offshore and GoMCarb team meeting in order to share project updates and examine project progression despite the difficulties caused by the pandemic.

The April 14 SECARB Offshore portion of the meeting is available for review below.

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Board Additions for March

In March, we welcomed three new members to the Board.

We added two members in Arkansas: Sen. Bob Ballinger as our
new Senate appointee and Caleb Stanton as Governor Asa Hutchinson’s
alternate.

And in Missouri, Rep. Bill Kidd joins us as our new House appointee.

Senator Bob Ballinger was elected to the Senate in November 2018.
He is serving his first term as a state senator representing District 5,
which includes parts of Carroll, Crawford, Franklin, Johnson,
Sebastian, and Washington Counties and all of Madison County. He
chairs Missouri’s Joint Energy Committee.

Caleb Stanton works closely with Gov. Asa Hutchinson as an energy
and transport liaison. He has more than five years experience working
in the Governor’s office in Arkansas.

Rep. Bill Kidd represents the NE part of Jackson County (District 20)
in the Missouri House of Representatives. He was elected to his first
two-year term in November 2014. Rep. Kidd is a 1975 graduate from
Oklahoma State University where he received his Bachelor of Science
Degree in Electrical Engineering Technology.

We are excited to add these members to the Board, and we look
forward to working with them on our shared priorities.

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Batteries: Powering EVs & Beyond | Video Available

If you were unable to attend our webinar on Batteries: Powering EVs & Beyond last week, the archived video is available below.

U.S. DOE’s Steven Boyd, Georgia Public Service Commissioner Tim Echols, and Volkswagen Group of America’s Matthew Renna joined us
for an hour to discuss their thoughts on transportation electrification, battery technology innovation and implementation, and the technology’s potential to increase the nation’s grid resilience while meeting decarbonization goals.

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Announcements Webinar

Webinar Archive Now Available

A new page is available on our site that will serve as an archive for our educational webinars. You can find the page listed under our Events tab.

Currently, the archive features access to The Evolution of EVs in the Southeast, with future webinars and related videos to be added as they occur.

Please subscribe to our Youtube channel for new video notifications and live streaming alerts.

If you have suggestions, comments, or questions concerning future webinars, contact Turney Foshee.

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Announcements Membership

February Board Additions

Over the month of February, we added three new members to the Board. Two members come to us from Missouri: Sen. Mike Cierpiot and his alternate, Sen. Jason Bean.

Sen. Mike Cierpiot was elected to serve in the Missouri Senate during the November 2017 Special Election. He represents the 8th senatorial district covering Eastern Jackson County.

Prior to his time in the Missouri Senate, Cierpiot served seven years in the Missouri House of Representatives where he served as the Assistant Majority Floor Leader for three years and was later elected to serve as the Majority Floor Leader until the end of his tenure in the Missouri House.

His colleague, Sen. Jason Bean, was elected to the Missouri Senate in 2020 and represents Butler, Carter, Dunklin, Mississippi, New Madrid, Pemiscot, Shannon, and Stoddard counties.

Sen. Bean is a fifth generation Missourian raised in the Bootheel, and he currently lives on the same farm where he grew up and learned how to farm. He attended the University of Missouri – Columbia where he majored in agronomy and minored in animal science.

We look forward to working with both Sen. Cierpiot and Sen. Bean on the issues important to Missourians.

Florida also added a new member to the board with Rep. Bobby Payne.

Rep. Payne graduated from St. Johns River Community College and Jacksonville University. He then earned an M.B.A. from Nova Southeastern University. Payne served for 34 years in the electricity transmission & utility management industry with Seminole Electric Cooperative. He held several different positions, including Manager of Operations at the Seminole Generating Station in Palatka. In addition, he served as chairman of the Putnam County Chamber of Commerce, past president of Sunrise Rotary, and a board member of the Putnam County United Way.

We are excited to work with Rep. Payne and his colleagues in the Florida Legislature.