Northeast Energy News

In New Jersey, ‘it’s go time’ for electric vehicles

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: New Jersey lawmakers approve bills setting aggressive targets for electric vehicle adoption. (NJ Spotlight)

ALSO: Tesla executives hope the more affordable Model 3 will persuade Connecticut lawmakers to let it open retail outlets in the state. (CT News Junkie)

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NUCLEAR: Opponents of a New Jersey nuclear subsidy bill accuse utilities of trying to “bully” lawmakers by threatening to cut off capital investments at two nuclear units. (NJ.com)

OIL AND GAS:
• A utility report challenges an environmental group’s claims that its actions led to artificial natural gas shortages during a recent cold snap; FERC staff have also rejected the group’s findings. (New England News Collaborative, Washington Energy Report)
• A state report finds natural gas production in Pennsylvania has increased 9 percent over last year. (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)

GRID:
• Storm-related power outages in Maine spark interest in off-the-grid home energy storage systems. (Maine Public Radio)
• Massachusetts and New York are among states seeing strong growth in energy storage, according to a new report. (Greentech Media)

SOLAR:
• Vermont regulators reject a plan to add solar panels to an arena in Hartford. (Valley News)
• A New Hampshire Connecticut church is offsetting 100 percent of its electricity consumption with a recently installed solar array. (New Haven Register)

WIND: A public hearing in Ocean City, Maryland over the weekend tried to find common ground on offshore wind. (Delmarva Daily Times)

OFFSHORE DRILLING: Protesters in New Hampshire and Rhode Island voice opposition to plans for offshore drilling. (Associated Press, ecoRI)

RENEWABLE ENERGY: A summit in Massachusetts explores ways to achieve 100 percent renewable energy. (Berkshire Eagle)

POLITICS: Renewable energy supporters press a Connecticut state lawmaker at a public forum. (Register Citizen)

EFFICIENCY: A new program helps Massachusetts residents install cleaner heating and cooling systems. (Wicked Local)

COMMENTARY: A free-market think tank says Maine should move toward a mileage tax rather than imposing fees on electric and hybrid vehicles. (Portland Press Herald)

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