Analysis: One Way or Another, Texans Will Get the Bill for Fixing the Electric Grid

It's going to be expensive to make sure the state's electricity stays on during winter storms like the one that blacked out most of Texas last month, and the money will come, one way or another, from average Texans.

Coming Soon to a Snowy Road in Minnesota: 'Plowy McPlowFace'

Plowy McPlowFace was the runaway winner in an online contest to name eight Minnesota Department of Transportation snowplows.

The Biden Administration Increases the Social Cost of Carbon

A new policy brings back an old approach to tallying the cost of carbon, but critics say it has limitations.

An Initiative to Improve Street Safety through Public Art

Officials used street murals and planters to transform a hazardous intersection in Kansas City, Missouri, tapping grant funding from Bloomberg Philanthropies' Asphalt Art Initiative.

House to Vote on Elections Bill That Would Set New Standards For States

Supporters say the legislation will protect voter access. Republican officials argue that it will encroach on states’ rights.

As More Americans Struggle to Pay Water Bills, Affordability Solutions Are Past Due

COMMENTARY | With utility shutoff moratoriums expiring, millions of people, particularly people of color and low-income families, are at risk of losing water service.

Learning From the New Deal—For the Next Recovery

If national-level policy, in the Biden era, is now trying to support economic recovery and renewal of left-behind areas, ideas on how to do that, and the experimentations and implementations on getting it done, are largely going to occur at the local level.

Texans Blindsided By Massive Electric Bills Await Details of Gov. Greg Abbott's Promised Relief

Electric bills are likely to rise for everyone, experts and consumer advocates say, but some Texans on variable rate contracts have been hit with immediate, massive price spikes. Lawmakers and the governor have promised to help, but haven't said how.

Now Is the Time to Tackle Climate Change. Here’s How States Can Lead.

COMMENTARY | The risks from climate change hazards are growing in most American communities. State governments play a key role in helping local governments build a pipeline of resilience projects that will mitigate risks from extreme weather hazards.

'One Thing After Another': Rural Texans Faced the Same Storm — With Unique Hardships

Last week's winter storm was brutal for the whole state, but rural Texans faced particular hardships, like distance from helpful neighbors. And newborn calves.

Failed Poisoning Attempt Shows Vulnerability of Smaller Water Systems to Hackers

While cybersecurity resources can be scarce at small agencies, there are some basic steps they can take to protect themselves.

A Pennsylvania County Goes Hydro With its Government Buildings

Allegheny County will power its facilities with hydroelectric power under a 35-year agreement with a planned plant on a nearby river.

Power Outages Across The Plains: Four Questions Answered About Weather-Driven Blackouts

COMMENTARY | An energy expert explains why weather extremes can require power utilities to take drastic steps that can leave millions of people without power.

Winter Storm Power Outages Lead to Calls for Investigation

At least 4 million people were without power in Texas after freezing temperatures and surging electricity use overwhelmed the state’s grid.

Lawmakers in One State Hope to Create a New Broadband Office

About a quarter of New Mexico students don't have home internet access. Legislators are proposing to create a division in the state's IT department to help address this and other digital equity issues.

Hack of Florida Water Treatment Plant Should Be a Wake-Up Call, Experts Say

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency should be involved every step of the way, a former presidential adviser said.

Hawaii’s Beaches Are Disappearing. New Legislation Could Help ... if It’s Enforced.

A legal loophole allowed wealthy property owners to protect their real estate at the expense of Hawaii’s coastlines. Now, the state Legislature is considering bills to crack down on the destructive practices, but questions around enforcement remain.

States Get More Aggressive With Climate Policy Goals

As the Biden administration pursues an ambitious agenda to address climate change, lawmakers in a number of states are pushing ahead with proposals of their own.

Living With Natural Gas Pipelines: Appalachian Landowners Describe Fear, Anxiety and Loss

COMMENTARY | Many of the lines were built in the past five years. While energy companies promise economic benefits for depressed regions, the projects often upend the lives of people in their paths.

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