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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

Eversource customers brace for increased rates (Western Mass News

Sens. Collins, King introduce bill to lower cost of heating options (WABI5

New England’s high heating costs exacerbated by federal government (Fox Business)

‘It’s going to be pretty bad’: This part of the US is hurtling towards a winter heating crisis and consumers could pay the highest prices in decades (Fortune)

Eversource CEO Urges Biden to Waive Jones Act as New England Facing Possible ‘Severe Natural Gas Shortage’(NGI)

Utility head warns of regional energy crunch (The Salem News

Eversource CEO asks Biden to take emergency action on New England natural gas supply / “I am deeply concerned about the potentially severe impact a winter energy shortfall would have on the people and businesses of this region.” (Boston.com

Brown: There’s low-cost energy to be had, but not for New England (Boston Herald

All Support Renewable Wood Energy (Real Clear Energy

Federal energy officials tell northeastern state leaders to bolster their diesel and heating oil supplies, which are sharply lower than average. (Associated Press)


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

Eversource’s chief executive warns that many Connecticut residents may see their electricity supply costs jump this January. (New Haven Register

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


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)

Maine’s top court decides that the referendum that blocked Central Maine Power’s controversial transmission line was likely unconstitutional, but sends the matter back to a lower court. (Maine Public Radio)


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

Eversource’s turn: Basic service rate up 62% over last winter, Best option is to shop around for a better deal on electricity (Commonwealth Magazine

Mass. Energy Price Hikes Go Into Effect Tuesday "Energy costs are going up significantly for National Grid and Eversource customers beginning Tuesday" (NBC Boston

Utility bills may surge in Massachusetts this winter amid scramble for natural gas (WCVB

Energy policy freeze part of governor candidate Geoff Diehl’s cost focus (Fall River Reporter)

As Energy Costs Rise, Healey and Diehl Offer Different Approaches Ahead of Election (NBCBoston)

Boston took a major step Wednesday toward seeking state permission for a fossil fuel ban when a home rule petition won City Council approval. 3 other towns that wanted to be part of the 10 town ban -- Arlington, Newton and West Tisbury -- may not qualify because of their low affordable housing stocks. (State House News Service)

Massachusetts climate activists, spurred by their recent legislative win enabling 10 cities and towns to ban gas in new buildings, want to expand that authority to every jurisdiction. (S&P Global)

Governor Baker Shook by Home Energy Conversion Cost (Boston Herald)  

Grid operator urges slower transition on renewables (Commonwealth Magazine

2022-What You Need To Know About The New Mass. Climate Law - Click here for more

New Hampshire:

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:

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)

Electrification advocates want New York’s governor to include a ban on fossil fuel infrastructure in new construction in an upcoming executive budget. (Gothamist)

New Yorkers Face Sharp Increase in Winter Electricity Prices (Bloomberg)

Demand on New York state's electric system increases (State of Politics

Another Voice: Cost and reliability are critical to New York's scoping plan (The Buffalo News

Millions of electric cars, no gas furnaces — here's what's in NY's sweeping climate plan (Buffalo Business First

NYISO Predicts Troubled Energy Future (Empire Center)

New York Republicans offer competing plan for home energy prices (Spectrum News 1

Lawmaker calls for approval of home heating measure (Spectrum News 1

NYISO Predicts Troubled Energy Future (Empire Center)

Some New York power plant operators are joining unions and business groups to call for a slower transition away from fossil fuels, which they say will prevent large price hikes or power shortages. (Times Union)

New NY Appliance Efficiency Bill Will Save Consumers Money and Cut Climate Emissions (ACEEE)

Developers air concerns about New York's new green energy mandates (Buffalo Business First

Rhode Island:

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.

RI Poised to Enact Nation’s Most Ambitious Renewables Standard (RTO Insider

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


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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