Northeast Energy News

Massachusetts sues ExxonMobil for fraud over climate change

CLIMATE: Massachusetts on Thursday sued ExxonMobil for defrauding investors by misleading them on the effects of climate change after a four-year investigation. (InsideClimate News)

ALSO:
• An advocate of putting a price on carbon says the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative might be getting too much credit for its contribution to reducing emissions in member states. (Energy News Network)
• A new report says Pennsylvania’s membership in a regional cap-and-trade emissions compact will not raise electricity prices in the state. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
• The governors of Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island hold a second summit to discuss regional approaches to several issues including climate change. (WSHU)

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Connecticut releases its long-awaited electric vehicle roadmap while simultaneously cutting its rebate program. (Energy News Network)

OFFSHORE WIND:
• Emails show that fishing groups were in regular contact with federal regulators who eventually slammed the brakes on the Vineyard Wind project in Massachusetts. (E&E News, subscription required)
• Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts say they will work to form “a whole new industry” of offshore wind in the Gulf of Maine. (NHPR)
• The Massachusetts Maritime Academy opens the first offshore wind crew training facility in the nation. (MassLive)
• New Jersey regulators hold their first session to discuss how offshore wind energy should be transmitted to land including ownership and environmental impacts. (NJ Spotlight)

UTILITIES: New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo threatens to revoke the license of National Grid and also chastises state regulators over the moratorium on new natural gas service in New York City and Long Island. (New York Daily News) 

OIL & GAS: The fracking boom in Pennsylvania has a ripple effect in neighboring New Jersey with a plan to site an export terminal for LNG in the Garden State. (Courier Post)

EFFICIENCY: A new report looks at 63 energy efficiency programs that are trying to track health outcomes. (ACEEE)

CLEAN ENERGY:
• A utility’s venture capital arm adds three more startup  companies to its portfolio that focus on operational improvements. (Greentech Media)
• Pennsylvania Republican state senators meet with advocates as they seek conservative alternatives to promotion of clean energy policies. (The Center Square) 

SOLAR: A solar company settles with New Jersey to resolve complaints that alleged it lured customers with low price quotes and falsely represented savings. (Asbury Park Press) 

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