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$44 Million for State Public Utility Commissions
State public utility commissions (PUCs), which regulate and oversee electricity projects in their states, received more than $44.2 million in Recovery Act funding to hire new staff and retrain existing employees to ensure they have the capacity to quickly and effectively review proposed electricity projects. The funds helped the individual state PUCs accelerate reviews of the large number of electric utility requests that were expected under the Recovery Act. State PUCs reviewed electric utility investments in projects such as energy efficiency, renewable energy, carbon capture and storage, transmission lines, energy storage, smart grid, demand response equipment, and electric and hybrid-electric vehicles.