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Financial benefits seen from fossil fuel divestment

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DIVESTMENT: An analysis by Massachusetts climate activists suggests divestment of fossil fuel investments may provide a financial benefit in addition to opposition on moral grounds. (Energy News Network)

• Some analysts suggest a delay in permits for the Vineyard Wind project may benefit the industry in the long run as it may insulate it from future lawsuits like those that killed Cape Wind. (Greentech Media)
• An offshore wind expert with extensive experience in Great Britain is named head of a Massachusetts institute created to train workers for the expected surge in offshore wind projects. (SouthCoastToday)

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EFFICIENCY: The Ecology School in Maine is building what it claims to be the most energy efficient school in the country on its 105-acre campus. (American School & University)

CLEAN ENERGY: Vermont ski resorts extoll sustainability efforts by highlighting their solar panels, electric vehicle chargers and even dairy waste used to create electricity. (Burlington Free Press)

Environmentalists and Pennsylvania regulators unite in opposition to Trump administration efforts to roll back methane emissions regulations. (Pittsburgh Post Gazette)
New Jersey officials are concerned that rejoining a regional compact to reduce carbon emissions from power plants may have the adverse effect of creating even more pollution in non-member states. (NJ Spotlight)

The parking authority in New York’s capital of Albany unveils 11 new electric vehicle charging stations at three of its garages. (Saratogian)
A conservation group criticizes Connecticut’s use of Volkswagen settlement funds for clean transportation because nine of the 15 recipients will use the money to purchase new diesel-powered buses. (Journal Inquirer)
Suburban Pennsylvania school districts convert to propane buses to save money and reduce emissions with some now replacing their entire fleets. (WHYY)

WASTE-TO-ENERGY: A deal to extend the life of Connecticut’s largest waste-to-energy plant is on the brink of failure as member towns balk at much higher tipping fees. (CT Examiner)

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SOLAR: Sports equipment manufacturer Under Armour will power two of its Maryland sites with power from a 3 MW solar array that was just commissioned. (Renewables Now)

• The head of New York’s independent power producers says a price on carbon is the most effective way to reduce emissions as he is set to join the state’s new Climate Action Council. (Albany Times Union)
• An author of a renewable energy study says deploying too much wind and solar in some locations stresses the distribution system, forcing curtailments and adding costs. (Utility Dive)


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