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Eversource to go carbon neutral, with an asterisk

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UTILITIES: Eversource Energy pledges to make its operations carbon neutral by 2030, but it won’t affect the emissions from energy sold to customers. (Hartford Courant, New Hampshire Public Radio)

ALSO: Advocates say a Vermont utility’s new energy credit trading system doesn’t do enough to encourage new capacity. (VT Digger)

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WIND: A new task force will meet today to discuss possible leasing locations for offshore wind in the Gulf of Maine. (Maine Public)

CLIMATE:
• Calling climate change an “existential threat,” Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont pledges deeper cooperation with neighboring states on reducing emissions. (Associated Press)
• Vermont lawmakers pushing for more aggressive emissions cuts say they will not pursue a carbon tax this year. (Vermont Public Radio)

ELECTRIFICATION: Following the lead of Brookline, other Massachusetts cities are also considering a ban on new natural gas connections. (Boston Globe)

TRANSPORTATION:
• Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker pitches business leaders on a cap-and-trade program to cut transportation emissions. (CommonWealth Magazine)
• A poll finds broad support for lower-emissions transportation options in the Northeast. (MassLive)

NATURAL GAS:
• An audit finds a Vermont pipeline is “generally” in compliance with state and federal regulations. (VT Digger)
• Crews respond to yet another gas leak in Lawrence, Massachusetts, the site of deadly explosions last year. (NBC Boston)

SOLAR:
• New York regulators consider a new monthly charge for solar installations to help pay for grid upgrades, as well as new ways to compensate customers for the energy they produce. (Newsday, Utility Dive)
• A 26 MW solar farm in Connecticut is now in operation. (Connecticut Public Radio)
• A Maryland school district’s solar project is expected to save up to $1.8 million over 25 years. (Baltimore Sun)
• A Massachusetts community debates the impacts of a proposed 10 MW solar project that would involve clearing 60 acres of trees. (The Wanderer)
• Officials in a Massachusetts town approve a public school solar project that includes a storage battery to help cut demand charges. (CapeCod.com)

EFFICIENCY: Massachusetts recognizes the city of Worcester for its sustainability efforts, which include a sweeping efficiency retrofit of schools and 10.5 MW of solar. (Worcester Telegram)

ACTIVISM:
Six more protesters are arrested at the construction site of a Massachusetts compressor station. (Patriot Ledger)
• Protesters gather outside the offices of a Pennsylvania utility, urging a more aggressive push for renewable energy. (The Intelligencer)

COMMENTARY:
• The Natural Resources Defense Council highlights the Northeast’s leadership on climate change.
• A Vermont journalist says a state agency’s proposal to cut net metering rates amounts to “knocking the legs out” from under the state’s solar industry. (Mountain Times)

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