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Regional Northeast News:

EVs, heat pumps seen creating Northeast grid crunch (E&E News)

Environmental agencies in nine Northeast and Western states pledge to have heat pumps make up 90% of residential heating, air conditioning and water heating sales in their states by 2040. (Energy News Network)

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

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

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

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

Massachusetts:

Massachusetts House eyeing climate bill as sprint to end of formal sessions starts (Boston Herald)

How 1.5M new electric vehicles in Mass. will affect the power grid through 2033 (MassLive)

More questions than answers after Massachusetts order to transition from natural gas (Energy News Network) 

Seven Communities Cleared For Fossil-Fuel Free Building Pilot Program in MA (NEHPBA)

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)  

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 

2022: New Hampshire enacts an Energy Choice Bill! First in the Northeast! Senate Bill 86 signed by Governor Sununu!

New York:

N.Y. Assemblymember Anna Kelles discusses cap and invest proposal (State of Politics)

Green Guardrails: Guiding New York's Drive to Lower Emissions (Empire Center

Senate, Assembly Budget Plans Include $4B Pension Giveaway (Empire Center

US power prices to rise 26% in New York and 45% in New England (Gas to Power Journal

As New York makes an energy transition, fireplace users get a pass (Gothamist

Hochul to target limiting gas system expansion, transmission siting (Politico)

#GasFreeNYC Starts Now: Lawmakers, Advocates Celebrate The End of New Gas-Heated Buildings in NYC (Food & Water Watch

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."


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

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


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