Hydro-Quebec faces fine for political activity

TRANSMISSION: Hydro-Quebec faces a hefty fine by Maine election officials for its late release of information about its spending to influence a referendum seeking to stop a transmission line it would benefit from. (Maine Public)

ALSO: Project advocates release a letter of support from nearly a dozen former state officials and leaders of environmental organizations. (Portland Press Herald)

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CLIMATE: Scientists say New England will see more extremely warm winter temperatures like those experienced last weekend as the climate continues to change.

Massachusetts advocates say restored EV funding is a good start 

TRANSPORTATION: Money returned to Massachusetts’ electric vehicle programs helps revive state incentives, but advocates say more still needs to be done to reach state climate goals. (Energy News Network)

ALSO:
• The Massachusetts Legislature’s transportation committee leader says debate over the Transportation Climate Initiative is complicating discussions about raising revenue for other initiatives. (CommonWealth Magazine)
• A Maryland utility launches an electric vehicle program that includes building public charging stations and providing rebates in homes and multi-family residences. (Daily Record)

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Vermont governor pumps brakes on transportation emissions pact 

TRANSPORTATION: Vermont Gov. Phil Scott in his state-of-the-state address appears to back away from a regional cap-and-trade plan to curb vehicle emissions. (WBUR)

ALSO:
• Mack Trucks displays it first electric garbage truck headed for New York City at its Pennsylvania manufacturing plant. (Morning Call)
• A New York town will install three electric vehicle charging stations and decline a utility grant for seven more after officials cannot agree on locations. (Post-Star)

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Controversial transmission line wins key approval in Maine

TRANSMISSION: Land use regulators in Maine approve a proposed power line importing Canadian hydropower, saying it is permitted under state law, as a county revokes its previous support of the project. (NewsCenterMaine, Sun Journal)

OIL & GAS: The American Petroleum Institute is highlighting economic growth in Pittsburgh and other cities as it starts a counteroffensive against proposed fracking bans. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

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EFFICIENCY: A new school campus in Maine seeks to be a model for the state as plans call for it to produce more energy than it consumes.

New Hampshire reluctant to join Northeast climate, energy initiatives

POLICY: New Hampshire is an outlier in the Northeast on climate change as Gov. Chris Sununu is reluctant to promote clean energy or join regional efforts to reduce emissions from power plants and transportation. (Energy News Network)

ALSO: Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont expresses hesitation over a regional transportation emissions pact after a proposal emerges to increase the gasoline tax. (CT Post)

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PIPELINES:
• Compressor station opponents in Massachusetts hope an appeals court ruling against a similar facility in Virginia could serve as a model against their local project.