Shell backs out of Alaska for foreseeable future with financial hit

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Shell announced on Monday that it will cease further exploration activity in offshore Alaska for the foreseeable future. The company said the decision reflects the results from Burger J exploration well located in Alaska’s Chukchi Sea; the high costs associated with the project; and the “ challenging and unpredictable ” federal regulatory environment in offshore Alaska. The balance sheet carrying value of Shell’s Alaska position is approximately $3.0

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Alaska LNG Project partners select lead terminal location

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ExxonMobil, BP, ConocoPhillips and TransCanada have selected a site in the Nikiski area on the Kenai Peninsula as the lead site for the proposed Alaska LNG project''s natural gas liquefaction plant and terminal. The partners evaluated more than 20 locations based on conditions related to the environment, socioeconomics, cost, and other project and technical issues.

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IHS Markit: Alaska North Slope a super basin ready for resurgence; production to grow 40% in 8 years

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The Alaska North Slope (ANS) Basin—a prolific source of US oil production previously limited by a number of barriers to entry including cost and access—is poised to re-emerge as a major source of US energy production, with crude oil output potentially increasing as much as 40% during the next eight years, according to new energy research from IHS Markit.

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Alaska Airlines launching 75 flights powered by 20% biofuel blend in the US; SkyNRG the fuel supplier

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Alaska Airlines will fly 75 commercial passenger flights in the United States powered by a biofuel blend, starting this Wednesday. Alaska Airlines and its sister carrier, Horizon Air, will continue to operate select flights between Seattle and the two cities over the next few weeks using a 20% blend of renewable biofuel. —Alaska Air Group Chairman and CEO Bill Ayer. —Boeing Commercial Airplanes Vice President of Environment and Aviation Policy Billy Glover.

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Department of Interior seeking industry input on interest in potential oil and gas lease sale in Alaska’s Cook Inlet

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Through this process, BOEM will consider a range of important factors including industry interest, resource potential, and the need to protect and respect Alaska’s communities and unique environments. BOEM will remain in close coordination with the state of Alaska, as well as with local and Native Alaskan governments, and other stakeholders throughout this process.

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Alaska Senator Introduces Bill to Study Feasibility of an Arctic Deep Water Port

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Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), recently introduced legislation authorizing a study to determine the feasibility of building a deep water port in the Arctic. It also would look at the resource and time frame needs to establish such a port, given the complex environmental constraints that the Arctic marine environment provides. US Sen.

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BMW Group to source lithium from Livent

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Solvents and other chemicals do not come into contact with the environment during this process. Lithium water study in cooperation with University of Alaska Anchorage and University of Massachusetts Amherst.

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BMW Group commissions study on sustainable lithium extraction

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The aim of the University of Alaska-Anchorage and University of Massachusetts-Amherst study will be to investigate the impacts of lithium extraction on the hydrologic environment in Latin America. The BMW Group has commissioned two US universities to conduct a scientific analysis of water consumption in the lithium extraction process.

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MAN Diesel & Turbo to convert 3 more coastal container ships to LNG

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The Wes Amelie project was really a pioneering moment in the European container-feeder market and shows clearly that existing MAN engines can be converted to LNG operation with a tremendous effect on exhaust emissions and the environment. Earlier this year, TOTE Maritime Alaska, a daughter company of TOTE Inc., TOTE Maritime Alaska handles approximately one-third of goods transportation between the continental US and Alaska.

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US DOE to award up to $20M for research on methane hydrates

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Selected projects will be intended to support program goals to determine the (1) likelihood of methane hydrates as a potential energy resource and (2) their role in the natural environment. Recent discoveries of methane hydrate in arctic and deep-water marine environments have highlighted the need for a better understanding of this substance as a natural storehouse of carbon and a potential energy resource. DOE-Alaska cooperation on unconventional resources.

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Denali National Park to use Lightning Hybrids hydraulic hybrid buses to transport park visitors

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Denali National Park and Preserve in Alaska, centered on Denali (formerly known as Mount McKinley), the highest mountain in North America, has taken delivery of its first two hydraulic hybrid vehicles from Colorado-based Lightning Hybrids. It runs parallel to the Alaska Range and travels through low valleys and high-mountain passes. Our hydraulic hybrid systems work well in harsh environments, and will help the park service to reduce emissions and save fuel.

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USC study shows promising potential for giant-kelp-based biofuel with depth-cycling approach

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Prior to the experiment, it was unclear whether kelp could effectively absorb the nutrients in the deep, cold and dark environment.

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Does the US Senate Have The Balls To Stand Up For Your Children? Not Without YOU Forcing Them To

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My own legacy Democratic Senator, the ancient Diane Feinstein, who I have supported and voted for, along with gun-ho Virgina Senator Webb, who I helped get elected, are just as ready to roll over and sell out your kids as Republican nutcase Senator Inhofe and the corrupt and immoral Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski.

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Department of Interior issues final regulations for drilling on Arctic OCS

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While the Well Control Rule applies across the entirety of the OCS, including the Arctic OCS, many of the provisions of the final Arctic regulations go beyond the scope of the Well Control Rule and address the unique challenges posed by the Arctic operating environment, especially provisions that put in place systems and processes to further reduce risk and provide safeguards for Alaska’s North Slope coastal communities and the sensitive Arctic environment.

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FAA awards $7.5M in research grants for integration of drones into national airspace

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University of Alaska, Fairbanks – lead University. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is awarding $7.5 million in research, education, and training grants to universities that comprise the agency’s Air Transportation Center of Excellence (COE) for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), also known as the Alliance for System Safety of UAS through Research Excellence (ASSURE).

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Navistar ships first vocational vehicles with 9- and 10-liter SCR engines; up to 8% fuel economy improvement

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The company conducted field tests in extreme environments such as Alaska, Colorado and Arizona. Navistar, Inc. has started customer shipments of its first International DuraStar and International WorkStar vehicles with the company’s 9- and 10-liter engines with Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) emissions technology. The company’s internal testing shows these products are delivering up to 8% in fuel economy improvement over the previous generation.

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DOE to award up to $20M for further studies on methane hydrates; projects worth up to $80M

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a funding opportunity announcement for up to $20 million ( DE-FOA-0001023 ) for applications for selection and award in FY 2014 that focus on the (1) methane hydrate reservoir-response field experiments in Alaska; and (2) field programs for marine gas hydrate characterization.

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Back to the Arctic: BOEM conditionally approves Shell’s revised Chukchi Sea exploration plan

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In April the Department announced proposed regulations to better protect human lives and the environment from oil spills. Additionally, the Department released proposed Arctic standards in February that will ensure that exploration of the Alaska OCS is subject to strong standards specifically tailored to the region’s conditions. Those standards build upon existing Arctic-specific standards as well as experience with previous operations offshore Alaska.

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BOEMRE issues conditional approval for Shell exploration plan for Beaufort Sea

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to drill up to four shallow water exploration wells in Alaska’s Beaufort Sea beginning in July 2012. The EA considered new scientific information that had not been previously available for consideration or analysis, including the US Geological Survey’s June 2011 report, “An Evaluation of the Science Needs to Inform Decisions on Outer Continental Shelf Energy Development in the Chukchi and Beaufort Seas, Alaska.”.

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FAA selects 6 sites for unmanned aircraft systems research for integration into US airspace

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The six test site operators and the research they will conduct into future UAS use are: University of Alaska. The University of Alaska proposal contained a diverse set of test site range locations in seven climatic zones as well as geographic diversity with test site range locations in Hawaii and Oregon. Alaska also plans to work on safety standards for UAS operations.

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DOE awarding $6.5M to 9 large-scale Phase I pilot coal projects

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University of Alaska Fairbanks. Making Coal Relevant for Small Scale Applications: Modular Gasification for Syngas/Engine Combined Heat and Power Applications in Challenging Environments University of Alaska Fairbanks will provide detailed engineering, design, and analysis to produce a Front-End Engineering Design (FEED) for a modular air-blown fixed-bed gasifier with gas cleanup to provide clean syngas to an existing diesel engine generator.

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UT Austin to lead $58M study of methane hydrate in Gulf of Mexico; $41M from DOE

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Methane hydrate—natural gas trapped in an ice-like cage of water molecules—occurs in both terrestrial and marine environments. Prior programs in Alaska have explored gas hydrate reservoir potential and alternative production strategies, and additional testing programs are in development. While not part of this new program, the DOE further intends to evaluate production methods on terrestrial methane hydrate deposits in Alaska.

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DOE awards $10.5M for next-generation marine energy systems

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Three projects will increase the survivability of wave energy converters, addressing the challenges of designing MHK energy systems to operate in the ocean environment for years: Dehlsen Associates is developing a wave energy converter (WEC) comprising multiple pods that use common components to achieve economies of scale. The US Department of Energy (DOE) has selected six organizations to receive up to $10.5

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NOAA: US records warmest March, precipitation above average

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Temperatures in Alaska during March, which are not included in the contiguous US average value, ranked as the tenth coolest on record. Warmer-than-average conditions across the eastern US also created an environment favorable for severe thunderstorms and tornadoes. Alaska had its ninth coolest January-March period; temperatures were 5.2 °F

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Obama Administration recommends designating most of Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as Wilderness

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million acres of land and water in northeastern Alaska and is administered by the US Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) as a unit of the National Wildlife Refuge System). Twenty years later, President Carter signed the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (ANILCA) into law, establishing new Federal conservation units across the State, enlarging several existing units, and designating official Wilderness areas and wild and scenic rivers.

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ARPA-E to award $22M to 18 projects to accelerate production of macroalgae for energy and other uses; MARINER

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From Alaska to the Gulf Coast, the United States has offshore resources capable of producing enough seaweed to handle as much as 10 percent of our demand for transportation fuel. Blue Fields: Single Point Mooring Array for High-Yield Macroalgae Culture The Kampachi Farms team will develop technologies for the delivery of deep seawater nutrients to a novel macroalgae production farm design suitable for deployment in tropical and subtropical deep ocean environments.

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FAA launches new Center of Excellence for alternative jet fuels; $40M in funding over 10 years

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The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has selected a team of universities to lead a new Air Transportation Center of Excellence ( COE ) for alternative jet fuels and the environment. This legislation enables the FAA to work with universities and industry partners to conduct research in airspace and airport planning and design, environment and aviation safety, as well as to engage in other activities to assure a safe and efficient air transportation system.

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US offshore oil and gas leasing plan for 2017-2022 focuses on Gulf of Mexico, excludes Arctic

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The Proposed Final Program offers 11 potential lease sales in four planning areas—10 sales in the portions of three Gulf of Mexico Program Areas that are not under moratorium and one sale off the coast of Alaska in the Cook Inlet Program Area. Given the unique and challenging Arctic environment and industry’s declining interest in the area, forgoing lease sales in the Arctic is the right path forward.

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Arctic oil on life support

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That had companies moving north: Royal Dutch Shell off the coast of Alaska; Statoil in the Norwegian Arctic; and ExxonMobil in conjunction with Russia’s Rosneft in the Russian far north. After having watched Shell fumble its Arctic campaign, Statoil put its drilling plans off the coast of Alaska on ice. The macro environment has moved against us,” Shell CEO Ben van Beurden said after releasing the quarterly figures. by Nick Cunningham for Oilprice.com.

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Six refineries in $425M settlement with EPA and DOJ over emissions violations

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The settlement, a consent decree lodged in US District Court for the Western District of Texas, includes provisions that resolves ongoing Clean Air Act violations at refineries in Kenai, Alaska; Martinez, California; Kapolei, Hawaii; Mandan, North Dakota; Salt Lake City, Utah; and Anacortes, Washington. The Department of Justice and the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a $425-million settlement with subsidiaries of Tesoro Corp.,

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Tesoro to pay $1.1M civil penalty to resolve Clean Air Act violations

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The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that Tesoro Corporation, Tesoro Refining & Marketing Company LLC, and Tesoro Alaska Company have agreed to pay a $1.1 While no known damage to the environment or to human health is associated with Tesoro’s violations, EPA said, these violations result in programmatic harm that undermines the integrity of EPA’s fuels regulations.

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Rosneft and ExxonMobil start drilling in the Arctic Kara Sea

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If physical action is impossible, the system will isolate the well in a way that is harmless for the environment, and the rig will transfer to a safer location. Russian offshore harsh environment areas. The Kara sea oil province could exceed in terms of resources volume such oil and gas provinces as Gulf of Mexico, Brazilian shelf, Arctic shelf of Alaska and Canada and is comparable with the current resource base of Saudi Arabia.

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Expansion of sugarcane crop in Brazil to areas previously occupied by crops or pastureland leads to local cooling

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Co-authors on the study are David Lobell of the Program for Food Security and the Environment at Stanford University; Gregory Asner and Christopher Field of Carnegie’s Department of Global Ecology; and Qiaozhen Mu of the University of Montana. The researchers used data from hundreds of satellite images over 733,000 square miles—an area larger than the state of Alaska.

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BOEMRE releases study on incorporating climate effects into oil-spill risk analysis for Arctic

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This study will help improve our computer modeling and analyses and adds to the growing body of research regarding effects of climate change on the Arctic marine environment. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) released a new report evaluating how climate change may affect the environmental conditions measured and used in mathematical modeling for oil-spill trajectory analysis in the Arctic region.

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Auto Industry Weighs in Against Murkowski Amendment that Delays EPA Regulation of Stationary Source CO2 Emissions

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Senator Feinstein is the chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee’s Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies. Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski proposed Amendment Number 2530 to H.R. 2996, the Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act.

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University of Alberta Researchers Find That Oil Sands Industry Is Releasing More Pollutants Into Athabasca River System Than Previously Estimated

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The industry’s Regional Aquatic Monitoring Program and Alberta Environment’s monitoring have missed these releases and that’s a serious problem. Last year the research team reported on organic pollutants from oil sands development and found carcinogens similar to those released by the recent BP spill in the Gulf of Mexico and the 1989 Exxon Valdez tanker spill in Alaska.

Rosneft touts major light oil find from “northernmost well in the world” in the Arctic

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On 19 September, ExxonMobil announced that the US Treasury Department, recognizing the complexity of the Universitetskaya-1 well and the sensitive Kara Sea arctic environment, granted a license to ExxonMobil and other US contractors and persons involved to enable the safe and responsible winding down of operations related to this exploration well. The license recognizes the need to protect the safety of the individuals involved in these operations as well as the risk to the environment.

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Foss Maritime to build first three of new Arctic Class of deep-sea tugs for oil and gas industry

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to take on large projects in extreme environments. invasive species; Holding tanks for black and gray water to permit operations in no discharge zones (such as parts of Alaska and California); Hydraulic oil systems compatible with biodegradable oil; Energy efficient LED lighting; and. Responding to new oil and gas industry opportunities, Foss Maritime Company will build the first three tugs in an. innovative Arctic Class of tugs, a fleet expansion that broadens its capacity.

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US DOE Awards $37 Million for Marine and Hydrokinetic Energy Technology Development

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Whitestone Power and Communications (Delta Junction, Alaska) will conduct in-water testing and evaluation of a River In-Stream Energy Conversion (RISEC) device that has been designed to overcome the unique challenges presented by Alaskan river environments. The project will develop an innovative approach to harvesting hydrokinetic energy in the challenging environment of the Alaskan wilderness, with broader application to shallow streams throughout the United States and globally.

EST Editor Calls for Papers on Gulf Spill; Ending the Addiction

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Cold water in Alaska caused oil to biodegrade more slowly and caused fisheries to have lower rates of reproduction and slow recovery times. We hope to learn from these disasters so we do not have to relive them” (Environ. Schnoor (2010) The Gulf Oil Spill Environ. Jerald Schnoor, the Allen S.

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US DOE awards ~$5M to expand research on methane hydrates

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In May 2012, the Energy Department, alongside its Japanese partners, announced a successful field trial of methane hydrate production technologies on Alaska’s North Slope. The project will provide a powerful new modeling tool to optimize future hydrate production-related testing and to provide a higher understanding of how hydrate systems react to induced or natural changes in their environment. ?DOE

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Three Democrats Support Sen. Murkowskis Effort to Derail EPA GHG Regulation

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Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today introduced a “disapproval resolution” to stop the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from regulating greenhouse gas emissions under the Clean Air Act. Upon introduction, a disapproval resolution is referred to the committee of jurisdiction, which in this case will be the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. US Sen.

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Ninth annual Green Innovation Index finds California light-duty vehicle emissions spike; major challenge to 2030 climate goals

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public charging outlets per ZEV, placing it ahead of only New Jersey and Alaska for availability of infrastructure. With a focus on the intersection of the economy, the environment, and quality of life, Next 10 employs research from leading experts on complex state issues and creates a portfolio of nonpartisan educational materials to foster a deeper understanding of the critical issues affecting our state.

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