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Hot News and Updates:

Northeastern power prices skyrocket to almost triple last year’s costs as soaring temperatures cause residents to crank up their air conditioners. (Bloomberg)

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

Maine:

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)

Several environmental groups sue the owner of four Kennebec River hydroelectric dams over alleged violations of the Endangered Species Act that have killed Atlantic salmon. (Portland Press-Herald)

Portland One Climate Future plan can be found here. The Buildings and Energy section begins on page 56, and the B&E 5.6 (natural gas phase out) section is on page 113. It is unlikely that a portion or portions of this plan will be completely removed or eliminated by the council so we will begin a messaging campaign to focus on slowing down the adoption of BE 5.6 in order to better understand the feasibility and ramifications of adopting such a policy-in particular highlighting the impact of the policy on your members/companies/customers.

Vermont:

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 information

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.

A roadmap to net zero energy --- Click here for more information

Massachusetts:

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

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

Don't forget, about rescheduled Town Meetings! Many communities have natural gas bans and net zero on their town meeting agendas. While these meetings have been cancelled, we don't know when they will be rescheduled, so stay-tuned and help keep us informed. If you hear of a town meeting being rescheduled in your community, let me know!

Massachusetts’ attorney general may proceed with a lawsuit against Exxon Mobil regarding its role in the climate crisis after a state judge rejected the oil and gas company’s attempt to dismiss it. (Reuters)

Brookline tries for gas bans again! https://www.wbur.org/earthwhile/2021/06/03/brookline-fossil-fuel-natural-gas-ordinance

Gov. Charlie Baker, lawmakers commit to net-zero emissions goal by 2050 for Massachusetts --- Click here for more information

Massachusetts State Senate approves next generation climate policy--- Click here for more information 

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

Connecticut:

Connecticut drops out of TCI for now click here for more information

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

Rhode Island:

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 Signs Executive Order to Transform RI's Heating Sector --- Click here for more information

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

New York:

No big climate action in Albany this year https://www.politico.com/states/new-york/albany/story/2021/06/03/no-big-climate-action-in-albany-this-year-1384990

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

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

Through MultiState, we are able to share with you an up-to-date list of state and local orders. This document updated as new information is receivedView it here.

OTHER RESOURCES:

Massachusetts Unemployment Insurance info specific to COVID 19

Connecticut Unemployment Insurance info specific to COVID 19 

Massachusetts SBA loan information and portal  https://www.mass.gov/info-details/small-business-assistance-for-covid-19?fbclid=IwAR2NaaE0HMaXmQ_ZW1DfywEIQGMRv6dnB4uJoqtZtwg7lREUtiAnnRKgLG4 and https://www.mass.gov/news/baker-polito-administration-announces-10-million-small-business-recovery-loan-fund

Connecticut SBA loan information and portal https://www.newhavenbiz.com/article/sba-outlines-loan-criteria-for-ct-companies?utm_source=Newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=Jobless+Claims+Soar+%7C+SBA+Loan+Relief&utm_campaign=New+Haven+Biz+031820+Final and 

https://portal.ct.gov/Office-of-the-Governor/News/Press-Releases/2020/03-2020/Governor-Lamont-Announces-Connecticut-Businesses-Approved-to-Receive-Disaster-Assistance


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