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Northeast states release draft of transportation cap-and-trade plan

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TRANSPORTATION: A coalition of Northeast and mid-Atlantic states releases a draft plan for an ambitious cap-and-trade program aimed at curbing tailpipe emissions from cars, trucks and other forms of transportation. (New York Times)

ALSO:
• New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu calls the proposal a gas tax in disguise and says the state will not participate if the program is created. (Concord Monitor)
• Vermont begins an electric vehicle rebate program of up to $2,500 for models priced at $40,000 or less. (St. Albans Messenger)
• A New Jersey utility asks state regulators for permission to invest $42 million in electric vehicle charging infrastructure. (NJ Spotlight)

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OIL & GAS:
• On the fifth anniversary of New York’s ban on fracking, a state senator introduces legislation to make it permanent. (Albany Times Union)
• Pennsylvania officials advance a proposed rule to curb emissions at drilling sites by opening it to public comment early next year. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

WASTE-TO-ENERGY: The owners of a new waste processing facility in Maine have customers for its products but difficulty gaining state approval for the sale of two types of fuel pellets it produces. (Bangor Daily News)

ACTIVISM: A coal train supplying a New Hampshire power plant refuses to stop for protesters attempting to block the tracks, instead continuing at a low speed while blaring its horn until the protesters moved. (Worcester Telegram)

EFFICIENCY:
• An updated building code in Massachusetts is delayed as officials grapple with the climate implications of how energy efficient buildings should be. (NEPR)
• A Maine town has an energy efficiency coordinator funded by the AmeriCorps program for recent graduates. (Seacoastonline)

CLEAN ENERGY: Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan promotes his energy plan that includes nuclear power in addition to renewables. (Baltimore Sun)

SOLAR: New York reaches 2 gigawatts of installed solar capacity representing a $4 billion private investment. (Solar Power World)

UTILITIES:
• Central Maine Power hires a former legislator as its “customer champion” to identify service problems and offer solutions. (Bangor Daily News)
• Maine regulators are still undecided on approving the sale of utility Emera to a Canadian company. (WABI)

COMMENTARY:
• An environmental group says there are more actions New York can take to build on its leading position to ban fracking in the state. (Natural Resources Defense Council)
• A clean energy entrepreneur wonders if expanding pipelines in New Hampshire really is the future of energy if the state is serious about adopting cleaner technologies. (Concord Monitor)

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