Massachusetts program allows homeowners to share excess solar energy

SOLAR: A Massachusetts program encourages homeowners to choose larger-than-necessary solar power systems to share credits with those who can’t install solar power themselves. (Energy Information Network)

TOO: A Delaware program offers low-cost, small, modular homes powered by solar panels to meet both affordable housing and climate goals. (Delaware Newspaper)

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WIND:
• An Avangrid executive tells investors that the company will ask Connecticut for a “modest adjustment” to the electricity supply contract for its 804 MW wind farm in Park City due to inflation and other economic factors. (CT Examiner)
• A wind farm developer cites the more than 200 people who came to an offshore wind career fair in New Bedford, Massachusetts in mid-September as evidence of regional interest in jobs in the industry wind turbine. (Normal hours)

FOSSIL FUELS:
• New Jersey environmentalists say proposed federal environmental permit reforms would make it harder to block gas compressors and the planned LNG export terminal in their state. (N.J. Advance Media)
• A gas utility is partnering with the University of Pittsburgh to study the feasibility of transporting hydrogen through natural gas systems, with the goal of possibly launching a pilot project for testing. (Pennsylvania Business Report)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Vermont is launching a new program that gives $3,000 to low-to-middle income residents who give up their old gas-powered vehicles. (VTDigger)

CLIMATE:
• Maine forest industry leaders and experts say the state’s forests could sequester even more carbon by letting them age before they are harvested. (public of Maine)
• A central New York county’s Soil and Water Conservation District is receiving more than $800,000 to fund climate change mitigation projects on nine farms. (Citizen of Auburn)
• As New England heats up, Connecticut officials are beginning to take the link between climate change and health more seriously, even though the pandemic has garnered much public health attention. (Hartford Courant)
• New York’s deputy commissioner for climate change, air resources and energy is retiring in December and the state is looking for a replacement. (Time Union)

TRANSIT: The New York City Transit Agency reports ridership numbers on its train lines that show record returns on public transit since the pandemic began. (Brooklyn Eagle)

NUCLEAR: Holtec’s discharge of radioactive wastewater from a New Jersey nuclear power plant has Massachusetts activists wondering if the dismantling company could do the same at the Pilgrim facility. (Cape Cod Times)

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REGULATION: Pennsylvania governor nominates three potential members of state’s Public Utilities Commission after years of disagreement over state entry into RGGI, leading state Republicans to not act on his previous appointments. (Philadelphia Investigator)

AFFORDABLE :
• Rhode Island regulators are allowing Rhode Island Energy to take one of the biggest power rate hikes in decades – a 47% increase – despite widespread criticism of the proposal. (ecoRI)
• Maine has already seen about three times the number of applications for home energy assistance during this year’s application period compared to last year. (Maine Public Radio)

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