SOLAR: A Massachusetts program encourages homeowners to choose larger solar energy systems than they need to share credits with those who can’t install solar themselves. (Energy News Network)
ALSO: A Delaware program offers small, low-cost modular homes powered by solar panels to meet both affordable housing and climate goals. (Delaware News Journal)
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• An Avangrid executive tells investors that the company will ask Connecticut for a “modest adjustment” to the power procurement contract for its 804 MW Park City wind farm because of inflation and other economic factors. (CT Examiner)
• A wind farm developer points to the over 200 people who came to a mid-September offshore wind career fair expo in New Bedford, Massachusetts, as proof of regional interest in wind industry jobs. (Standard-Times)
• New Jersey environmentalists say proposed federal environmental permitting reforms would make it harder to block gas compressors and the planned LNG export terminal in their state. (NJ Advance Media)
• A gas utility partners with the University of Pittsburgh to study the feasibility of transporting hydrogen through natural gas systems, with the goal of eventually kicking off a pilot project to experiment. (Pennsylvania Business Report)
ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Vermont kicks off a new program that gives $3,000 to low-to-middle-income residents who give up their older gasoline-fueled vehicles. (VTDigger)
• Maine forestry industry leaders and experts say the state’s woods could sequester even more carbon by being allowed to grow older before they’re harvested. (Maine Public)
• A central New York county’s soil and water conservation district receives over $800,000 to fund climate mitigation projects on nine farms. (Auburn Citizen)
• As New England gets hotter, Connecticut officials begin taking the link between climate change and health more seriously even though the pandemic has consumed much public health attention. (Hartford Courant)
• New York’s deputy commissioner on climate change, air resources and energy is retiring in December, and the state is seeking his replacement. (Times Union)
TRANSIT: New York City’s transit agency reports riderships figures across its train lines that show record-high returns to public transit since the pandemic began. (Brooklyn Eagle)
NUCLEAR: Holtec’s discharging of radioactive wastewater from a New Jersey nuclear plant leaves Massachusetts activists wondering if the decommissioning company might do the same at the Pilgrim facility. (Cape Cod Times)
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REGULATION: Pennsylvania’s governor nominates three potential members of the state utility commission after years of disagreement over the state’s entrance into RGGI led state Republicans to not act on his earlier nominations. (Philadelphia Inquirer)
• Rhode Island regulators authorize Rhode Island Energy to take one of the largest electric rate hikes in decades — a 47% raise — despite widespread criticism of the proposal. (ecoRI)
• Maine has already seen around triple the number of home energy assistance applications during this year’s filing period compared to last year’s. (Maine Public Radio)
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