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Massachusetts Senate approves sweeping clean energy bill

RENEWABLES: The Massachusetts Senate approves sweeping legislation that would promote energy storage, put a price on carbon, increase renewable portfolio standards, and raise the solar net metering cap. (Associated Press, pv magazine)

Cities like Boston are using “virtual power purchase agreements” to meet their climate goals while helping wind and solar developers attract capital. (E&E News)
The Connecticut Green Bank launches a two-year pilot program that will expand its C-PACE program to include renewable energy financing for new building developments and major redevelopments. (Hartford Business Journal)

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A town in northern New Jersey agrees to lease a 23-acre capped landfill to solar developers. (New Jersey Herald)
Citizens in Upstate New York are trying to block a proposed 50 MW solar project, saying it would destroy the aesthetic of their neighborhood. (Hudson Valley 360)
A community solar farm in Brooklyn launches with 23 subscribers. (amNewYork)

Rhode Island’s House of Representative will authorize an investigation into whether the state’s offshore wind turbines are killing sea life, following the death of a juvenile humpback whale last year. (ecoRI)
The DOE selects New York’s Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) to lead an $18.5 million research and development consortium, with the goal of reducing the cost of offshore wind in the U.S. (Offshore Wind Journal)

UTILITIES: Massachusetts-based utility National Grid releases a blueprint for reducing greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050. (news release)

ADVOCACY: How a group of activists in New York laid a foundation for legal efforts to fight fossil fuel companies. (Truthout)

PIPELINES: Pennsylvania residents who live in the path of the Mariner East 2 pipeline are growing weary of the troubled construction project. (Delco News Network)

FRACKING: A new study by Penn State researchers shows water quality has improved in one rural Pennsylvania county, despite the introduction of fracking in the area. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)

POWER PLANTS: Maryland-based Competitive Power Ventures wants to build more gas-fired plants in the Northeast, but executives say they are wary of state-subsidized resources disrupting competitive markets. (RTO Insider)

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is supporting the development of dangerous natural gas pipelines and infrastructure when he should be promoting large-scale solar investments, says a professor at Frostburg State University. (Baltimore Sun)
If the Massachusetts House approves clean energy legislation passed by the Senate, it could make the state a national leader in the deployment of electric vehicle technology, says a policy analyst for the Union of Concerned Scientists. (Union of Concerned Scientists)

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