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Regional Northeast News:

Commentary: Wood-stove industry seeks consistent regulations, in-home testing (Boston Business Journal)

Biden’s Latest Energy Move Means Higher Prices for New England, Experts Say (NH Journal

Gas Ban Monitor: 1st Mass. bans advance amid broader New England push (S&P Global

The Coming Green Energy Bailout (WSJ)

Renewable power operators already want rate increases for their subsidized projects.

How the Inflation Reduction Act takes aim at gas stoves (Competitive Enterprise Institute)

Extra power was needed to keep the regional’s electricity grid going for a half hour on Wednesday  - click here 

New England Energy Prices Have Increased as Demand Has Declined Due to Climate Policies, Report Finds (Maine Wire)

Washington state hits the brakes on landmark gas ban (ENERGYWIRE

Most of the US at 'Elevated Risk' of Energy Shortfalls This Summer, NERC Warns (US Energy News

What 9th Circuit ruling means for building gas bans (Energy Wire

Green Energy Increases Poverty - Read More

Watchdog says EPA falls short on wood heater oversight - Inconsistent testing allows sale of wood heaters with unhealthy particulate emissions, watchdog says. Read here

Connecticut:

New Haven, CT receives $3 million in federal funds to plant 5,000 trees for climate mitigation, a project the city’s climate czar calls “hackneyed” but effective. (New Haven Independent)

Climate change all but ignored by the CT legislature in 2023 (CT Mirror

In Connecticut, proposed legislation would empower the state’s environmental agency to write new rules it deems necessary to meet decarbonization goals; critics call it a “power grab.” (Energy News Network)

Emissions bill would increase cost of gasoline, heating oil, gas, electricity, food and more (CT Mirror

In Connecticut, frustration grows over lack of access to Canadian hydropower (Energy News Network)

Maine:

Effort to ban new natural gas pipelines thrusts Maine into national energy debate (Bangor Daily News

In heating oil-dependent Maine, some residents consider switching to heat pumps, but the devices are roughly as efficient as home oil tanks in single-digit temperatures, and installation challenges persist. (Maine Monitor

Maine transmission line is stalled despite court victories (Climate Wire

No easy answers about natural gas in Maine  (Bangor Daily News

Competitive energy referendums could be on the ballot next year  (News Center MAINE

A Maine oil and gas industry group’s pledge on “energy choice” —  the idea that residents won’t be prevented from using fossil fuels or other energy sources — has signatories including the current Democratic governor and her Republican opponent. (Bangor Daily News)

Massachusetts:

Leading the Way to a Greenhouse Gas Limited Future, 29 Massachusetts Cities and Towns Opt in to the Commonwealth’s Specialized Energy Code (JDSupra

Gas Ban Monitor: 1st Mass. bans advance amid broader New England push (S&P Global

More Massachusetts cities seek to ban gas, citing lack of diversity in pilot and urgency of climate crisis (Energy News Network

Cambridge, Massachusetts, becomes first US city to require net zero emissions - click here

Mass. among states planning to sue EPA over wood-burning stove standards - click here

New study questions renewable policies’ impact on energy costs (Boston Herald

Boston Mayor Wu finalizes new building code aimed at drastically reducing use of fossil fuels in new buildings (Boston Globe)

Energy and Environmental Affairs Office’s budget ask to hone in on clean energy plan - click here

Climate Change at Home: A place for burning wood in state’s green energy future? (Daily Hampshire Gazette

Climate change ‘first order of business’ for Maura Healey (Boston Herald)

New Hampshire:

Every New England state except New Hampshire has joined an effort to encourage the region’s power grid operator to create an executive-level environmental justice position to inform planning. (Connecticut Public

New Hampshire’s dormant climate plan revived by Inflation Reduction Act - click here 

Another New England-based utility company announces massive rate hike ahead of winter season (Boston 25 News)

Unitil requests electric price increase (New Hampshire Bulletin

New Hampshire’s utility regulator reverses its earlier, widely unpopular efficiency program funding decision and returns the budget back to its 2020-2021 level. (New Hampshire Bulletin)

New Hampshire enacts an Energy Choice Bill! First in the Northeast! Senate Bill 86 signed by Governor Sununu!

New York:

REPORT: New York won’t meet 2030 climate goals (FingerLakes1.com

Report outlines potential challenges to New York's electrical grid over next decade (Spectrum News

'It's not clear': How will New York State meet all electric home heating goals? (WLBW

Cold Reality: The Cost and Challenge of Compulsory Home Electrification in New York (Empire Center)

Fresh proof that New York’s ‘climate plan’ is pure fantasy (NY Post)  "In a fresh sign that New York’s state climate agenda is pure fantasy, contractors key to making good on a major piece of the so-called plan just filed to charge 54% more to build their offshore wind farms."

First Annual CLCPA Report Indicates High Costs, Low Benefits (Empire Center)

New York in danger of missing 2030 emissions target: report (The Hill

N.Y.'s power grid will face challenges as renewables replace fossil fuels, Fears of 'declining reliability' according to report. (Times Union

New York power grid strained by rapid electrification, operator says (Reuters

Fossil fuel generation retiring faster than renewables are added, causing ‘declining reliability,’ NYISO says (Utility Dive

Some New York residential construction leaders claim fewer, less affordable homes will be built once New York’s all-electric building law takes effect in 2026. (Rochester Business Journal)

New York budget includes fossil fuel heating ban (Energy News Network)

In New York, National Grid is seeking a roughly 17% rate hike for its residential gas customers starting in April 2024. (amNY

New York’s governor announces that the state’s budget includes a ban on fossil fuel heating in most new buildings beginning in 2026, although gas furnaces in existing structures can be replaced. (Politico, NNY360)  

New York set to ban gas furnaces, stoves in new buildings

“We’re going to be the first state in the nation to advance zero-emissions new homes and buildings,” Hochul said. (Politico

Lawmakers seeing movement on budget, say vote could come this week (CNY Central)

Cost of climate policies heat up beyond New York budget talks (Spectrum News 1

Amid New York climate battle, here's how opposing natural gas, electric grid plans would affect you - click here

Beacon, New York, becomes the third municipality in the state to ban natural gas use in new buildings and major renovations, barring some exceptions. (Times Union)

Sticker shock awaits New Yorkers’ utility bills to fund renewables (Politico

In New York, both legislative chambers show opposition to the governor’s proposed ban on new fossil fuel-based heating equipment by not incorporating it in their budget proposals. (Buffalo News

NY on Verge of Enacting First-in-the-Nation State Law Ending Gas in New Construction - Assembly Joins Senate and Governor Supporting Ending Gas in Buildings; Governor and Assembly Urged to Agree to Senate’s January 1st, 2025 Timeline In a Final Deal Read here

Sticker shock awaits New Yorkers' utility bills to fund renewables - How much people’s bills will rise over the next decade is still a guessing game. Read here

Poll reveals New Yorkers support efforts on climate change but want to keep natural gas Read here

N.Y. weighs East Coast’s first statewide building gas ban (E&E News

Conversations continue on footing climate change costs (CBS 6 Albany)

NY plans to change the way you heat your home. Gas, oil, propane furnaces to be phased out (NYup.com)

Rhode Island:

A Rhode Island clean heat program plans to add $25 million in incentives for residents, small businesses, public buildings and other organizations to switch away from fossil fuels or help develop the HVAC industry workforce. (ecoRI

Rhode Island’s climate council accepts a final version of an emissions reduction plan that aims for widespread electrification, green energy and public transit measures — but some advocates say it won’t meet state targets. (Boston Globe & The Providence Journal)

Rhode Island starts to wrestle with what its net-zero goal means for natural gas (Energy News Network) The state has a mandate to eliminate greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. A discussion is underway about where that will leave the state’s natural gas distribution industry, which heats about half of the state’s homes.

Bill would require RI to get all electricity from renewable sources by 2030 (The Providence Journal)

Vermont:

Burlington Council Backs District Energy Plan, Carbon Fee (Seven Days

Vermont AG says woodstove owners deserve clarity from EPA on emissions - click here

Although the devices work well in most conditions, Vermont residents using heat pumps in their homes need back-up systems when temperatures drop to zero, HVAC installers and homeowners say. (WCAX

Vermont’s governor says he will veto the clean heat standard legislation just passed by state legislators, who have already scheduled a session to try to override his decision. (VT Digger, WCAX

Vermont Gov. Phil Scott signs a bill letting Burlington decide whether to levy additional taxes on residential and commercial property owners using fossil fuels for heating. (Seven Days

Vermont’s state house advances its first Clean Heat Standard and credit marketplace to the state senate. (Vermont Public Radio) .


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