Northeast Energy News

Vermont city tests ‘Airbnb for EV charging’

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A Vermont city starts a pilot program to allow private owners of electric vehicle chargers to make them available to the public via an app. (Energy News Network)

ALSO:
• Massachusetts lawmakers try to balance the urgency of electrifying Boston’s transit system while allowing time to overcome logistical obstacles. (State House News Service)
• Officials from a Maryland county show off its fleet of electric buses to members of Congress. (Frederick News-Post)

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ACTIVISM: An art exhibit focused on climate injustice that includes an Albany incinerator in a low-income neighborhood comes to the city this week. (Albany Times Union)

OFFSHORE WIND:
• Transmission companies say Massachusetts cannot meet its offshore wind goals without an independent network of power lines for interconnection, the subject of a technical conference in Boston today. (E&E News, subscription required)
• Orsted U.S. opens its innovation hub in Rhode Island that will serve as a gateway for any customers wishing to do business in North America with the Danish offshore wind giant. (Providence Journal)

RENEWABLE ENERGY:
• A New York city adopts community choice aggregation to negotiate energy contracts with renewable energy providers that are intended to save customers money. (Albany Times Union)
• Maine U.S. Sen. Angus King sponsors a bill to promote battery recycling to increase the supply of key elements needed for wind turbines, solar panels and electric vehicles. (E&E News, subscription required)

PIPELINES: A Pennsylvania county opposes PennEast’s proposal to split the project into two phases in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, arguing the change requires a new application and hearings. (WFMZ)

SOLAR: A plan to convert a former landfill into a solar farm approved by  Maine town leaders must still be voted on by the public in May. (Seacoastonline) 

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MICROGRIDS: The U.S. Navy expands a microgrid at a submarine base in Connecticut with 100% of power needed for operations during power outages. (Microgrid Knowledge)

COMMENTARY:
• A public interest group says Vermont joining the Transportation Climate Initiative means tourists will put more money into the state’s share of funds than Vermont residents. (VT Digger)
• Advocates for redevelopment of a former racetrack site in Boston into multifamily housing want a commitment from the city for net-zero energy construction. (CommonWealth Magazine)
• An advocacy for energy storage says states including New York and Massachusetts are leading adoption of the technologies, including incorporation into utility regulatory structures. (Energy Storage News)
• Nuclear proponents say the climate benefits of carbon-free energy from the closing of the Indian Point plants are negated by natural gas plants already built or soon operating in the state. (Gotham Gazette)

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