Northeast Energy News

Vermont governor pumps brakes on transportation emissions pact 

TRANSPORTATION: Vermont Gov. Phil Scott in his state-of-the-state address appears to back away from a regional cap-and-trade plan to curb vehicle emissions. (WBUR)

ALSO:
Mack Trucks displays it first electric garbage truck headed for New York City at its Pennsylvania manufacturing plant. (Morning Call)
A New York town will install three electric vehicle charging stations and decline a utility grant for seven more after officials cannot agree on locations. (Post-Star)

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UTILITIES: A staff report for Maine regulators says no systemic problems were found with a Central Maine Power billing system rollout and instead blame cold weather and a rate increase for high bills. (WGME)

OIL & GAS:
Pennsylvania expects impact fee collections based on natural gas prices to drop by about $53 million after setting a record in 2018. (Pittsburgh Business Times)
Final bids are due today for a bankrupt oil refinery in Philadelphia that closed after an explosion and fire last year. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

EFFICIENCY:
Consolidated Edison will redesign a commercial building energy efficiency pilot program after most sign-ups drop out during its initial phases. (Utility Dive)
Pennsylvania says energy consumption dropped 3% in state buildings in the first year of an efficiency requirement that aims for a 26% reduction by 2025. (MyChesCo)

PIPELINES: Pennsylvania lawmakers win a two-week extension of the public comment period for a rerouted section of the Mariner East pipeline in an eastern area of the state. (WFMZ)

CLIMATE: Two military installations in Washington, D.C., are threatened by increased flooding caused by rising sea levels. (E&E News, subscription required)

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SOLAR: A public hearing will be held next week for a 90.5 MW solar facility in central New York that could occupy up to 529 acres. (Albany Times Union)

COMMENTARY:
• An editorial board endorses a $5,000 electric vehicle rebate proposal in car-dependent New Jersey as a means to combat air pollution. (NorthJersey.com)
• A University of Vermont student whose family earns an average state income says new state incentives for electric vehicles finally make them affordable. (VT Digger)
• New Hampshire’s Consumer Advocate says the state regulator’s staff review of an Eversource rate increase request indicates the utility wants ratepayers to assume all risks from its operations. (InDepth NH)
An editorial board calls New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu’s renewable energy proposals “lackluster” after he vetoed more promising legislation last year. (Concord Monitor)

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