Northeast Energy News

EV rebates slashed in New Jersey as pandemic riddles budget 

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: New Jersey will be offering fewer $5,000 rebates for zero emission vehicles after regulators cut available funds by more than half in response to declining state revenues. (Spotlight NJ)

OFFSHORE WIND:
• Maine’s development of floating offshore wind turbines puts it at the forefront of an emerging industry that will be key to tapping energy in the state’s deep coastal waters. (Energy News Network)
• A Connecticut authority files permit applications with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to begin construction at a state pier as part of it converts to an offshore wind staging area. (reNEWS)

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EMISSIONS: Pennsylvania environmental officials say the state would receive $300 million in 2022 from the sale of emissions credits if it joins a regional pact aimed at curbing power plant pollution. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

HEATING: A Massachusetts utility takes part in a pilot project to see if a shared heat pump loop can heat and cool multiple buildings. (Greentech Media)

CLIMATE:
• Pennsylvania experiences more climate-related extreme weather events but scientists say the state legislature is not taking the threat seriously. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)
• A Princeton researcher uses “attribution science” to model how climate change plays a part in individual storms likeTropical Storm Isaias. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)

SOLAR: The City of Newark begins a $10 million solar installation and energy efficiency project at municipal buildings that is expected to p;ay for itself in savings over the next 20 years. (Newark Post)

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REGULATION: A deadlocked Pennsylvania panel rejects a Philadelphia utility’s plan to offer bill credits to low-income customers who are unable to pay bills due to the coronavirus pandemic, citing a lack of documentation. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

COMMENTARY: A coalition of environmental groups and climate advocates say Massachusetts’ pending climate law misses the mark by not requiring 100% renewable energy by 2050. (CommonWealth Magazine)

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