Undergrounding Resources in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act

Thanks to the advocacy efforts of Scenic America and its allies, the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act signed into law in November 2021 includes three provisions to support communities interested in pursuing solutions to bury their utility infrastructure underground. New $5 Billion Program to Enhance Resiliency Section 40101 (Public Law No: 117-58) establishes a new…

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Undergrounding Legislation Advances in California Senate

In April, lawmakers in the California State Senate moved forward on legislation requiring all future proposed electric and communications wires near state scenic byways to be buried underground whenever feasible.  Authored by Sen. Mike McGuire (D-002), SB 884 will require all future wires near state scenic byways to be buried underground. The bill will also…

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Energy Equity: A Scenic Concern

The term “energy equity” is generating a lot of buzz these days as people become increasingly aware of how disadvantaged communities are disproportionately impacted by pollution, a lack of investment in clean energy solutions, limited access to energy-efficient housing and transportation, and a lack of understanding about renewable energy choice. These marginalized communities often also…

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Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act Includes Support for Key Scenic Priorities

Scenic America is thrilled to announce that the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (H.R. 3684), passed by Congress on Friday, November 5, and signed into law by President Joe Biden on Monday, November 15, includes provisions supporting two of our key policy goals: utility undergrounding and flexible program funding for gateway communities adjacent to national…

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