Northeast Energy News

Massachusetts ‘in full-court press mode’ on transportation plan

TRANSPORTATION: Massachusetts officials say they remain fully committed to a regional cap-and-trade plan for transportation emissions as some governors hesitate. (Boston Globe)

ALSO: New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy pledges to develop a long-term plan for transit in the state. (WFMZ)

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CLIMATE:
• Saying “it’s time to set our sights higher,” Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo says she will issue an executive order pledging the state to run on 100% renewable energy by 2030. (Associated Press)
• A coalition of advocates push Vermont lawmakers to move more aggressively on climate change. (WCAX)

GRID: Stop and Shop announces a plan to install microgrids powered by fuel cells at 40 of its grocery stores in the Northeast. (Microgrid Knowledge)

OIL AND GAS:
• Pennsylvania and New Jersey are among 15 states opposing shipments of liquefied natural gas by rail. (Associated Press)
• A Pennsylvania agency is predicting a 21% drop in revenue from impact fees as a result of falling natural gas prices. (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)

SOLAR:
• A Connecticut-based solar company gets an $850 million capital infusion. (Power Engineering)
• Rhode Island’s transit agency is equipping 33 diesel buses with solar panels to help run auxiliary systems. (Providence Journal)

EFFICIENCY:
• Maine Gov. Janet Mills unveils a plan to double rebates for certain types of heat pumps. (Portland Press-Herald)
• The city of Kingston, New York will install 2,400 LED streetlights as part of a statewide initiative. (T&D World)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Two Massachusetts towns are awarded grants to install charging stations. (Salem News)

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UTILITIES: Cities in New Hampshire and New York consider joining community choice aggregation programs. (Nashua Telegraph, Spotlight News)

COMMENTARY:
• Pointing to an example in Maine, an environmental advocate says taking a more holistic approach to how hydropower affects river systems can actually improve electricity output. (Forbes)
• Downplaying the impacts of climate change in the region, a Vermont Republican claims an effort to cut transportation emissions is a scheme by the “powerful and well connected” to “increase their power and wealth.” (VT Digger)

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