Top News of 2021
The election of a Democratic president intent on addressing climate change through federal policy drove some of the biggest utility stories of the past year.

The Biden administration secured a major legislative victory in 2021 with passage of the infrastructure bill, with billions in funding for grid infrastructure and climate resilience, among other items.

Biden also is pursuing new measures to deal with rising cybersecurity threats in the power sector and elsewhere, with the Colonial Pipeline hack in May showing the ongoing vulnerability of critical infrastructure.

In a step considered key to the administration’s clean energy goals, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is considering updates to its transmission policies. The agency’s review comes as it gained a Democratic majority in November with the confirmation of its latest commissioner, Willie Phillips Jr.

At the state level, Winter Storm Uri and its impacts on Texas and other states reinforced the need for regulators, grid operators, utilities and others to increase the reliability and resilience of the power sector.

Robust activity in the states also continued on clean energy, with new mandates on solar, wind and other resources as well as major legislation approved in Illinois and elsewhere.

The stories below reflect these and some of the other biggest developments of 2021, including a growing focus for power companies around the electrification of the transportation sector and how to move that forward.

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Happy holidays, and we look forward to providing you more insight on the key news driving the power sector in 2022.

Larry Pearl
Senior Editor, Utility Dive
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