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First 35 State Plans Approved to Build Out EV Charging Infrastructure

More than two-thirds of Electric Vehicle (EV) Infrastructure Deployment Plans from states—including several from the I-WEST region—have been approved ahead of schedule under the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) Formula Program. With this early approval, these states can now unlock more than $900 million in NEVI formula funding from FY22 and FY23 to help build EV chargers across approximately 53,000 miles of highway across the country.

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Federal Rapid Response Team to Support Four Corners Energy Communities

The Interagency Working Group (IWG) on Coal and Power Plant Communities and Economic Revitalization has announced the creation of a new Four Corners Rapid Response Team (RRT), bringing together 11 federal agencies and their regional staff to partner with tribes, local officials and community leaders in Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah as they navigate the region’s energy transitions and transformations.

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Grid (un)locked: Carbon neutral future depends on updating how we make, move and store electricity

In the push to decarbonize the economy throughout the Intermountain West and beyond, the public conversation often centers on wind and solar energy, electric cars, hydrogen power and carbon capture and storage. The grid—the interconnected power plants, transmission lines and control centers that keep the lights on across the country—is the indispensable enabler of this future carbon-neutral electrified world. Yet the grid is often left out of the discussion.

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I-WEST Workshop: Water will enable transition to carbon-neutral energy

Water and its critical role in new energy economies was on everyone’s mind at a recent public workshop convened June 14 by the Intermountain West Energy Sustainability and Transitions initiative. As the 120-plus stakeholders, public officials, and interested citizens in attendance learned, technical experts are evaluating how water is used in key carbon-neutral energy technologies and exploring water-saving approaches to ensure water won’t be a barrier to energy transition.

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New Podcast Episode: A carbon-neutral future for the Mountain West

Across the six-state Intermountain West region, people are wondering how the transition to a carbon-neutral economy affect them, their families, their jobs and their towns. A new episode of Los Alamos National Laboratory’s “Down to a Science” podcast takes a look at how I-WEST is emphasizing community-level input on how best to incorporate various technologies for decarbonization.

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Public and Private Partnerships Bring Direct Air Capture Solutions to Market

One of the prominent carbon dioxide removal pathways expected to play a role over the next century is called Direct Air Capture (DAC)—a technology that removes CO2 from the atmosphere without using photosynthesis. DAC is highly attractive because it does not require large swaths of land to scale and it can be positioned anywhere, allowing it to be co-located with end-use partners.

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Powering the Intermountain West

An article in the science and technology magazine 1663 explains why I-WEST is exploring the synergy between fossil and renewable energy and how it can be leveraged to speed the Intermountain West toward carbon neutrality.

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Paving the Path to a Green Future by Capturing, Storing CO2

There’s a lot of buzz about how carbon capture and storage can help keep carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere to combat climate change, but how much do you know about the science behind these technologies? Increase your knowledge in less than 60 seconds with an explanatory video by Los Alamos National Laboratory.

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Why Should I Trust You (Sequestration)?

Certification can be the difference between failure and success. In the context of carbon sequestration and the disposal of carbon waste, failure can mean wasting money, harming communities, wrecking biodiversity, and failing to address the climate crisis.

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