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Power prices jumped 51% in PJM, 85% in New England in Q1 due to rising gas prices (Utility Dive)

Coming this Summer: Spiking Electricity Bills Plus Blackouts, New England Poised to See Highest Spike of Any Region (Inside Climate News)

The Northeast is home to all of the top-five states for the use of home heating oil — the year-over-year price for which has risen 65% this March compared to last. (WETM

2021 was a landmark year for energy efficiency legislation in US states, At least a dozen states passed new clean energy legislation or adopted new energy-saving standards (Salon)

Electricity costs skyrocket along with oil usage, In January, oil was used to generate 12% of New England’s power CommonWealth

ISO-New England’s president warns: Close calls as region’s power grid walks a tightrope  - CommonWealth

New England's power woes Click here for more

New England regional oil and gas suppliers tell the region’s governors to stop incentivizing heat pumps because of the expected rolling blackouts that will be caused by too much energy use (WGME). 

More than 110 Communities in CA are voting to KEEP Natural Gas! --- Click here for more

Connecticut:

Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont signs two clean energy laws: one expanding renewable energy programs and another setting a 100% carbon-free power goal by 2040 made in an earlier executive order. (WSHU

As expected, CT SB-10 was signed by the Governor on 5/10/22. Summary: This bill requires the state to eliminate greenhouse gas emissions from electricity supplied to electric customers in the state by January 1, 2040. The bill establishes this requirement as an emissions reduction goal under the state’s Global Warming Solutions Act. (CT Mirror

Connecticut drops out of TCI for now click here for more

Lamont issues executive order to reduce carbon emissions --- Click here for more

Maine:

State approves 700-acre solar project in central Maine (AP News

Voters pull the plug on Central Maine Power's transmission line -- Click here for more

Maine’s legislature ekes out enough support to pass its investor-owned utility takeover bill, but it may not secure enough votes to bypass a likely veto from the governor. (Portland Press Herald)

New statewide energy code aims for tighter buildings, lower emissions, begins July 1, 2021 - Click here for full article

A Maine legislative committee amends a state wind energy bill to include a permanent ban on near-shore wind projects in state waters, an attempt to extend an olive branch to the state’s frustrated fishing industry. (Maine Public)

Massachusetts:

Just how ambitious is the Senate’s new climate bill? (Greenfield Recorder

Two Years After Asking for Future of Gas Investigation, Healy asks state to reject results (Boston Globe)

MA Gov Candidate Healy wants MA to be 100% electric by 2030!! (Sentinel & Enterprise)

Grid operator urges slower transition on renewables (Commonwealth Magazine

AG Healey Statement on Comments Her Office Filed Today on DOER's MA Stretch Code Straw Proposal (NEHPBA

Healy Again Rejects Brookline Anti-Fossil Fuel Bylaws (Commonwealth Magazine)

A proposed Massachusetts code update would allow an option for continued use of fossil fuels in new construction, prompting municipalities to renew a push for legal authority to prohibit new natural gas hookups. (Energy News Network)

Natural gas infrastructure a climate change sticking point (Commonwealth Magazine)

Massachusetts will reportedly release a proposal today to update the state building efficiency codes and allow local “specialized stretch codes.” (Commonwealth Magazine

Massachusetts gas ban movement gathers support from state lawmakers (S&P Global)

Vineyard Wind I developers place a firm order for 62 Haliade-X offshore wind turbines from GE Renewable Energy. (Windpower Monthly)

3 Questions: Secretary Kathleen Theoharides on climate and energy in Massachusetts (MIT News)

Boston City Councilor wants big buildings to become carbon neutral (WBUR

What You Need To Know About The New Mass. Climate Law - Click here for more

New Hampshire:

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:

‘Green New Deal’ plan will cost NYers ‘hundreds of billions’ in energy bills: official (NY Post

New budget invests billions in clean energy, climate resilience (CBS6 Albany)

A proposal in New York’s budget bill would require electric-only new construction by 2027, a measure critics say has unclear impacts for the grid and ratepayers. (Newsday

An excellent post on the electrification efforts in New York State shared by Upstate United.

Business leaders sound alarm over New York climate action plan (Albany Business Review

The Real Cost of NY's Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act - Webinar put on by New Yorkers for Affordable Energy

Winter utility bills worse than expected amid record inflation, cold temps (Times Union)

Some elected officials in New York City want the state utility regulator to investigate why some residents’ electric bills have shot up by as much as 300% their usual rate. (6sqft

New York may double its electricity use by 2050 under current projections and policies that put the state on track to transition away from fossil fuels to electric power and vehicles. (Newsday)

NY Climate Action Council Releases Draft Scoping Plan for Public Comment More here 

Climate Action Council wants to reduce 'Upstate wood smoke' Albany Times-Union or read the article on our blog

The New York City council bans the use of gas for electricity generation in new buildings or gut renovations, becoming the largest American city to do so; the mayor is expected to let the policy become law. (The City)

New buildings in NYC must go electric after gas hookup ban Click here for more

Big Win for Climate Advocates: New York City Set to Ban Gas Use in New Construction Buildings Read press release here

NYC Utility Bills to Rise up to 10% with Green NYC Electricity Grid (Empire Center

Electric and gas utility ConEdison has been quietly lobbying New York City’s council to pass a bill banning gas connections in new buildings, in contrast to its fossil fuel peers. (The American Prospect/New York Focus

Ithaca becomes first city in U.S. to try and electrify all buildings Click for more

Forced Electrification Will Cost New York Families Billions and Put Grid Reliability at Risk, Consumer and Business Groups Warn NYC  Click Here

Two lawmakers introduce legislation to ban permits for new gas-powered building construction after 2023 and conversions of existing buildings after 2022. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle

New York regulatory staffers say the average ratepayer will see a roughly 21% rise in heating costs this winter, although at least one utility in the state predicts a 33% average uptick. (WSKG)

New York City Council Passes Bill Requiring A Climate Roadmap Click here

The New York City Council likely to approve a bill that will mandate the mayor create a citywide climate adaptation plan. Click here

3/17/21: Natural Gas Service Ban Could Cost New Yorkers Over $25,600 Per Household Click here for more

Demand New York’s Climate Action Council (CAC) produce a rigorous cost-benefit study on implementing Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA). Implementation of CLCPA would be detrimental to our industry and your business. Here is the link so you can send the letter directly to your legislator. https://oneclickpolitics.global.ssl.fastly.net/messages/edit?promo_id=12500

Rhode Island:

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

Rhode Island legislature passed numerous environmental bills this past session, but it failed to pass a standard to mandate a 100% renewable energy by 2030. (ecoRI)

The future of the Transportation Climate Initiative dims as Rhode Island lawmakers end their session without joining the compact. (Boston Herald

RI thinks they can be 100% renewable in 10 years! Read more here

Rhode Island's Green New Deal -http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/BillText/BillText21/SenateText21/S0078A.pdf

Raimondo sets 2030 as goal for 100% renewable energy ---Click here for more

Vermont:

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

Vermont’s climate council adopts a plan sketching out dozens of strategies the state can deploy to reach its goal of reducing carbon emissions 80% below 1990 levels by 2050. (Seven Days

Vermont Gov. Phil Scott signs a $7.35 billion budget that includes $50 million for climate change measures, nearly half of which is earmarked for weatherization efforts. (VT Digger) 

March 2021:  Vermont voters stoke debate on the best path to cleaner building heat. Almost two-thirds of Burlington voters this month said they want to give the city broad authority to regulate building heat sources, including in existing buildings, but the state legislature and governor need to sign off first.  Click here for more

VT Legislative Session Ends Well For Our Industry:  Climate: $20 million allocated for weatherization, $20 million to the Clean Energy Development Fund to subsidize WOOD heat and solar power. $5 million to sway Vermonters to buy an EV. $100 million fed funds set aside from American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) to implement a “Climate Action Plan” - still unwritten. Not sure if the money can be spent on the plan. 

Legislation H.157 that required contractors to register with the state and pay a fee did not pass.  NEHPBA helped successfully amend the bill on the Senate floor but, the bill will be back in January 2022.

AND, Burlington's burner ban bill is DELAYED until January 2022.

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