Northeast Energy News

Study: Clean energy deployment falls short of reaching climate goals

CLIMATE: A new study says New England’s low carbon energy deployment falls short of the region’s shared climate goals to cut emissions 80% by 2050. (E&E News)

ALSO:
• A federal appeals court refuses to delay a Rhode Island climate lawsuit against major oil companies from proceeding in state court. (Bloomberg)
• Six months after New York City passes its ambitious climate law, stakeholders are unsure how long it will take for working groups to convene and make recommendations on how to implement it. (CityLimits.org)
Pittsburgh aims to release an updated greenhouse gas inventory next year, updating one that was last done in 2013. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
Boston today will release an updated climate action plan that will significantly reduce emissions from city buildings. (Associated Press)
A minister addresses an energy conference in Rhode Island and likens youthful activism responding to the climate crisis to the way previous generations tackled civil rights. (ecoRI)

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TRANSPORTATION: A sustainability push by the Washington D.C. Metro shows riders how using public transportation instead of private cars reduces carbon emissions. (E&E News, subscription)

OIL & GAS: Parents in western Pennsylvania counties want the state to conduct more thorough studies of clusters of a rare cancer that they say could be related to fracking in the region. (Pittsburgh Business Times)

OFFSHORE WIND: A mayor in coastal Massachusetts differs with colleagues in neighboring cities and says asking for more economic development commitments from offshore wind companies will only drive up customer costs. (SouthCoastToday)

PIPELINES:
Elected officials in Massachusetts want to reallocate part of a $143 million settlement of claims from a gas line explosion last year, but lawyers representing residents say the terms can’t be modified. (Associated Press)
National Fuel Gas says despite ongoing opposition from the state of New York, it plans to open its proposed Northern Access Pipeline by 2023. (Salamanca Press) 

EFFICIENCY: The Connecticut Green Bank reaches a milestone of financing energy efficiency retrofits for 100 multifamily properties. (Smart Energy International)

COMMENTARY:
• David Roberts says “carbon policy has not been a sacrifice” so far for states in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. (Vox)
• Mass Audubon says 300 days have passed since key legislators issued a resolution for climate solutions but there is no sense of urgency to act on it at the state capitol. (Salem News)
• A union official says New Jersey must include natural gas in its fuel mix as it transitions to more renewable energy over the longer term. (NJ Spotlight)

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