ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Massachusetts awards $1.4 million in grants to promising initiatives to spread wider adoption of electric vehicles and reduce transportation emissions. (Energy News Network)

ALSO:
• An income-tiered electric car-sharing program will begin in a Boston neighborhood by the end of the year. (Daily Free Press)
• The first two electric buses supported by the Connecticut transportation department are unveiled in a ceremony in Bridgeport. (HamletHub)

EMISSIONS: A new poll shows growing support in New York for carbon pricing on emissions when more information is provided about the concept. (Albany Times Union) 

UTILITIES:
• Maryland utilities will begin sending shut-off notices on Oct. 1 as a COVID-19 moratorium ends, with service allowed to end on Nov. 15 or later. (WMDT)
• Advocates in Maine begin the process to place a petition on the state ballot to create a publicly owned utility after legislation promoting the same concept stalled this year. (Maine Public)

CLIMATE: State officials from Connecticut and Massachusetts say a partnership with the federal government is needed for them to meet their decarbonization goals. (RTO Insider, subscription required)

OIL & GAS:
• A federal judge allows a suit in Rhode Island to continue as plaintiffs allege Shell did not protect an oil storage tank from storm surges related to climate change. (E&E News, subscription required)
• Pennsylvania legislators hold a hearing to express optimism about recently enacted tax credits for manufacturers using natural gas drilled in the state. (WFMZ)

SOLAR: An energy trading organization procures 50 MW of solar for the 20 municipal electric power systems it serves in the Northeast. (news release)

COMMENTARY: A state senator and a financier back proposed legislation in New Jersey to divest fossil fuel assets from the state pension fund as the sector now offers poor returns. (NJ.com) 

Bill Opalka

Bill Opalka

Bill is a freelance journalist based outside Albany, New York. As a former New England correspondent for RTO Insider, he has written about energy for newspapers, magazines and other publications for more than 20 years. He has an extensive career in trade publications and newspapers, mostly focused on the utility sector, covering such issues as restructuring, renewable energy and consumer affairs. Bill covers Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire and also compiles the Northeast Energy News daily email digest.