GEOTHERMAL: Viewing geothermal as part of its climate strategy, a Vermont gas utility identifies possible locations for its first networked geothermal project that would use underground pipes to provide heating and cooling to multiple buildings. (Energy News Network)
• New York City expands a carshare pilot after it says the program reduced vehicle miles traveled by 6% and greenhouse gas emissions by 7%. (Gothamist)
• Top Massachusetts lawmakers agree the state’s public utilities department shouldn’t oversee safety in Boston’s transit system, but can’t decide what agency should. (Boston Herald)
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CLEAN ENERGY: New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy and state lawmakers work to reconfigure the state’s 2019 energy master plan to align with state climate goals and the clean energy industry’s maturation. (RTO Insider, subscription)
• A Maryland county considers developing a swathe of heavily forested land that sequesters thousands of tons of carbon, a plan some advocates say is at odds with the county’s new climate action plan. (Bay Journal)
• A New Hampshire cross-country skier undertakes a 300-mile journey to film a documentary about the state’s warming winters under climate change. (NHPR)
ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Tesla moves away from solar equipment production at its Buffalo, New York, facility but avoids penalties from missing job creation targets by hiring workers to its electric vehicle and battery operations. (Buffalo News)
• A western New York town appeals a draft siting permit for a 100 MW solar farm, citing local zoning rules disallowing solar development in the project location. (Lockport Union-Sun & Journal)
• A Republican lawmaker in Pennsylvania introduces a bill to help low-to-moderate-income residents tap into community solar projects. (Center Square)
• Baltimore’s mayor details a proposed deal to have the local utility assume conduit maintenance, make capital improvements and pay an annual occupancy fee — a day after the city council said it’d investigate the plan. (Baltimore Sun)
• A Connecticut manufacturer that began powering operations with rooftop solar in 2018 and is now completely off-grid explains the benefits for business owners. (WTNH)
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HYDROELECTRIC: Federal regulators receive an application from a New Jersey company to develop hydropower facilities and whitewater kayaking courses in northern New York. (WWNY)
AFFORDABILITY: The University of Massachusetts Amherst finds that a vast majority of municipal community choice energy aggregation programs in Massachusetts were less expensive than the default service rate. (news release)