Northeast Energy News

In Massachusetts, a $1 billion climate plan

CLIMATE: A Massachusetts lawmaker proposes a $1 billion program to help local communities both mitigate and adapt to climate change. (Boston Globe)

ALSO:
• Republican Charlie Baker of Massachusetts may be one of the most aggressive governors in the country on addressing climate change. (E&E News)
• Vermont ski resorts work together to cut emissions. (Rutland Herald)
A Pennsylvania Republican legislator incorrectly claims that reducing carbon dioxide emissions will harm plant growth. (Pittsburgh City Paper)

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WIND: A fishing industry group says they’re near an agreement over compensation from developers of an offshore wind farm. (ecoRI)

SOLAR: Developers are still pursuing a plan to cover a Massachusetts reservoir with a 1 MW solar array. (Worcester Telegram)

EFFICIENCY:
• A New Hampshire utility proposes a voluntary program that would allow it to control customers’ air conditioning to reduce peak demand in summer. (Concord Monitor)
• A Vermont city wants to encourage rental property owners to invest in energy efficiency. (The Bridge)
• A Massachusetts city seeks state approval to implement PACE financing. (Daily News)

COAL:
• The operators of New England’s last coal plants say they’re still critical for grid reliability. (New Hampshire Union Leader)
• Pennsylvania researchers explore membranes that could filter emissions from power plants. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)

NUCLEAR: Pennsylvania lawmakers struggle over the question of whether to subsidize nuclear plants. (KYW Newsradio)

PIPELINES: A well-known pipeline litigator is representing landowners and a nonprofit fighting a project by Dominion Energy in New York. (E&E News)

NATURAL GAS:
• A woman who sued drilling companies in 2010 over alleged air and water contamination testified before a grand jury last week. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)
• Delmarva Power is seeking permission to build a natural gas storage facility in northern Delaware. (Associated Press)

RENEWABLES: Hoboken, New Jersey will begin purchasing 100 percent renewable energy for city buildings starting in April. (Patch)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Maryland takes steps to support growing electric vehicle use, including funding a pilot project for electric school buses. (Herald-Mail, Frederick News-Post)

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ADVOCACY: Eight people, including a Shell representative, social justice activist and others, assess the impact of the anti-gas movement in Pennsylvania. (Public Source)

COMMENTARY:
How a pipeline controversy could turn New York Harbor into “the Standing Rock of 2019.” (Daily Beast)
A labor leader says if Pennsylvania’s nuclear plants are allowed to close, “there won’t be an opportunity to come back and fix past mistakes.” (Morning Call)
A newspaper editorial says New York “may soon be making the strongest response to climate change of any state in the country.” (Post-Star)
A Maine newspaper backs a deal to build a hydropower transmission line, saying climate change should be the top concern for state regulators. (Kennebec Journal)

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