Northeast Energy News

Pennsylvania report outlines benefits of electric vehicles

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• Pennsylvania would see $2.8 billion in benefits if just 30 percent of vehicles there were electric, according to a new “electric vehicle roadmap” that recommends 13 strategies to increase the use of zero-emission vehicles in the state. (Bucks Local News)
• Maryland will spend its $75.7 million share of the Volkswagen emissions settlement on efforts to electrify transportation and replace diesel transit buses with cleaner vehicles. (WAMU)

WIND: Residents are fighting plans for a 47-turbine wind farm in western New York, saying it will change the feel of their quiet community. (Investigative Post)

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SOLAR:
• New Jersey lost about 10 percent of its solar jobs last year, according to a new report. (NJ Spotlight)
• Developers complete a 1,170-panel carport solar installation that will offset more than 95 percent of the energy consumption for a Comcast regional call center in Plymouth, Massachusetts. (news release)

RENEWABLES:
• New political leadership in a number of Northeast states could help the region re-emerge as a clean energy powerhouse. (Yale Climate Connections)
• Massachusetts awards five grants totaling nearly $2.9 million to help boost the availability of low-carbon, renewable heating fuels. (CapeCod.com)

CLIMATE: A New York City councilman introduces a bill to create a climate change agency that would oversee the city’s sustainability policies and efforts to slash greenhouse gas emissions. (Huffington Post)

PIPELINES: New bills to promote gas pipeline safety in Pennsylvania face better odds of becoming law with the backing of the Democratic governor. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)

NATURAL GAS: Enbridge gave Massachusetts officials a study from a climate denier and other dubious sources as part of an ongoing health evaluation for its proposed gas compressor station outside Boston. (DeSmogBlog)

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POLICY:
• New Jersey’s governor needs to impose a moratorium on fossil fuel projects approved during the previous administration in order to meet the state’s 100 percent clean energy goal, according to a report by an environmental group. (news release)
• About a dozen Maine college students visit their federal representatives’ offices to rally support for a national Green New Deal. (News Center Maine)

COMMENTARY:
• Maryland’s loose restrictions on renewable energy credits are allowing the state to claim its energy is cleaner than it really is, says the executive director of Chesapeake Physicians for Social Responsibility. (Baltimore Sun)
• Experts agree that a New Jersey utility has failed to prove that it needs ratepayer-funded subsidies to operate its nuclear plants, and state utility regulators should rejects its request, says the state board chair of Clean Water Action. (Asbury Park Press)

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