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Details of long-awaited Maine climate plan revealed

CLIMATE: A draft of Maine’s new climate plan calls for 100% of new car sales in the state to be electric by 2050, rapid increases in weatherization and heat pump installations, and other measures. (Bangor Daily News)

HYDROPOWER: Under a unique purchase agreement, 21 public utilities in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Vermont agree to buy power from dams on the Connecticut River to displace natural gas. (Salem News)

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COAL: Contura Energy is paying a company $50 million to take over a Pennsylvania coal mine, but little is known about the buyer. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

CLEAN ENERGY:
• Pittsburgh’s mayor pushes a “Marshall Plan for Appalachia” that would direct $600 billion in clean energy investments across four states. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)
• A Maine college that has been carbon neutral since 2018 by purchasing offsets joins a consortium to develop local renewable energy sources. (news release)

NATURAL GAS:
• Pennsylvania officials order operators to keep natural gas out of “unstable sections” of the Revolution Pipeline. (Pittsburgh Business Times)
• Rising natural gas prices could increase reliance on coal-fired generation in the Northeast this winter. (S&P Global)

UTILITIES: Maryland’s moratorium on utility shutoffs expires on Sunday, leaving thousands at risk of losing electricity service as the COVID-19 pandemic surges. (WUSA)

TRANSMISSION: Efforts to fight the Clean Energy Connect transmission line continue on both sides of the border. (Franklin Journal)

WIND: An offshore wind developer plans to build a tower manufacturing facility at the Port of Albany in New York. (Windpower Engineering)

SOLAR: Construction is completed on Maine’s first multi-community solar project. (Daily Bulldog)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• Massachusetts advocates push for the Transportation and Climate Initiative to invest in electric vehicle adoption in rural areas. (Berkshire Eagle)
• A New York transit official says that even with federal support, the city is years away from fully electrifying its bus fleet. (Streetsblog)
• New York announces $11 million in Volkswagen settlement funds will be used to develop fast-charging stations, with a focus on underserved communities. (news release)
• A new study finds that rural drivers could save more than $1,900 per year by switching from gasoline to electric. (Union of Concerned Scientists)

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POLITICS: A solar PAC in Pennsylvania notes that 90% of its endorsed candidates won their races. (Solar Power World)

COMMENTARY:
• Advocates weigh the pros and cons of a Massachusetts policy limiting incentives for solar on sensitive lands. (Boston Globe)
• An editorial board says that while Maryland has managed to ditch coal, the problems it created “will continue to plague us for years to come.” (Capital Gazette)
• An energy policy researcher and Pittsburgh native outlines the potential economic boost from clean energy in western Pennsylvania. (Pittsburgh Tribune)

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