Vermont sets off-peak rates for EV charging equivalent to $1 gas

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Vermont regulators approve off-peak rates for electric vehicle charging that are 20% lower than residential costs and equivalent to $1 for a gallon of gas. (Burlington Free Press)

ALSO: A new report says New Jersey would have fewer premature deaths, lost workdays and save $1.9 billion in public health benefits by 2050 if gas and diesel vehicles were swapped for electric ones. (New Jersey Herald)

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Maine transmission opponents try new referendum tactic

TRANSMISSION: Opponents of a Maine transmission line corridor propose a new referendum that would require legislative supermajorities for similar projects. (Maine Public)

• A new study incorporating updated reporting methods says New York greenhouse gas emissions were virtually unchanged from 1990 to 2015. (RTO Insider, subscription required)
• New Jersey’s Public Service Enterprise Group is one of the five largest utilities to commit to zero carbon emissions by 2050. (Greentech Media)

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Vermont governor vetoes climate bill

CLIMATE: Vermont Republican Gov. Phil Scott vetoes a bill requiring the state to meet emissions targets that would have given citizens the right to sue the state if it failed. (VT Digger)

ALSO: New York environmental groups will release a report that says the state can help meet its climate goals by eliminating some tax breaks for fossil fuels and encouraging more use of renewable resources. (City & State)

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Electric buses fall short in initial Massachusetts tests

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Massachusetts transit officials say five electric buses put into service last year do not run as far as predicted and take too long to recharge. (CommonWealth Magazine)

• Connecticut sues Exxon over climate change, alleging the oil giant knew the effects of burning fossil fuels on the environment. (Hartford Courant)
• A Connecticut city declares a climate emergency and vows to eliminate city generated greenhouse gas emissions by the end of 2030. (CT Post)

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Pennsylvania orders pipeline rerouting after mud spill

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PIPELINES: Pennsylvania environmental officials order a reroute of a 1-mile section of the Mariner East pipeline following a mud spill that polluted a state park lake. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)

• A gasket failure causes an unplanned gas leak and shutdown at a Massachusetts pipeline compressor station that is undergoing testing before its full operation. (Patriot Ledger)
• National Grid quietly puts on hold a seven-mile pipeline that would go under the Hudson River in upstate New York due to COVID-19 and increased use of renewables. (Albany Times Union)
• A historically Black university and a state prison are the only beneficiaries of a natural gas pipeline proposed for the economically depressed eastern shore of Maryland, opponents say.