Northeast Energy News

Massachusetts advocates say restored EV funding is a good start 

TRANSPORTATION: Money returned to Massachusetts’ electric vehicle programs helps revive state incentives, but advocates say more still needs to be done to reach state climate goals. (Energy News Network)

ALSO:
The Massachusetts Legislature’s transportation committee leader says debate over the Transportation Climate Initiative is complicating discussions about raising revenue for other initiatives. (CommonWealth Magazine)
• A Maryland utility launches an electric vehicle program that includes building public charging stations and providing rebates in homes and multi-family residences. (Daily Record)

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CLIMATE: New York will not appeal its climate lawsuit against Exxon after losing in federal court. (Bloomberg)

GRID:
Some state regulators, including in Massachusetts, are turning down smart meters as they say utilities are not using their capabilities enough to justify their costs. (Greentech Media)
A Maine non-profit hopes a utility acquisition will lead to a microgrid pilot project on Mount Desert Island. (Microgrid Knowledge)

PIPELINES: A federal appeals court asks the Maine Supreme Court to clarify whether state law allows a city to ban a pipeline project. (E&E News, subscription required)

ACTIVISM: The Youth Lobby delivers its agenda to the Vermont Legislature as it begins a session-long push to promote clean energy and climate actions. (VT Digger) 

SOLAR:
State siting officials approve an 11-acre solar project in southeastern Connecticut. (The Day)
Towns on Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard received more than $3.4 million in cash and credits in the last fiscal year for municipal solar projects. (Cape Cod Times)

TRANSMISSION: Transource Energy lines up contractors for a $366 million transmission project in Pennsylvania and Maryland that has not yet received regulatory approvals. (Record Herald)

WIND: A developer leases about 800 acres in New Hampshire with an eye on building a wind farm. (Valley News)

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GOVERNMENT: Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo nominates three people to key state energy posts. (Providence Journal)

COMMENTARY:
• Advocates say the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center needs more funding to continue the leadership role it has played in making the state a national leader in innovation and industry development. (CommonWealth Magazine)
• A business lobby in New Hampshire says “caution lights are flashing” as regional governors consider a cap-and-trade system to curb vehicle emissions. (Union Leader)
• A Vermont union activist opposes the same proposal as it protects corporate interests and profits at the expense of working people. (Manchester Journal)

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