MD regulators allow utilities to access federal grants without public participation

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UTILITIES: Maryland regulators decide to let utilities access some federal grants without public input, state consumer advocate says goes against the obligation to control the commissions. (Inside Climate News)

TOO:
New Hampshire utility regulators approve community power formation rules that some observers call “transformerfor municipal budgets and renewable energy goals. (New Hampshire Bulletin)
As state lawmakers consider giving the New York Power Authority greater capacity to build renewable energy to reduce costs to ratepayers, utility officials say they don’t want that power. (Utility Diving)

TRANSIT:
Amtrak resumes service in Burlington, Vermontafter a seven-decade hiatus, extending the rail line to New York by nearly 70 miles. (Vermont Business Magazine)
The National Transportation Safety Board join the survey in an electric bus that burned down at a CTtransit maintenance facility, leading the state to pull the rest of its electric bus fleet from the roads. (News Times)

CLIMATE:
Massachusetts lawmakers are giving their governor some, but not all, of the 19 pages of amendments he wanted to add to a compromise climate bill, including end a price cap on offshore wind energy purchases. (Commonwealth Magazine)
Drought conditions persist in New England, including much of Maine and in Massachusetts, where some communities are restrict water use. (Portland Press Herald, Tribune News Service)
Burlington, Vermont has one of the most intense heat islands in the country, leaving its homeless population vulnerable during heat waves. (Burlington Free Press)

GAS: Two Pennsylvania energy companies are teaming up for a gas-hydrogen blending project. (Observer-Rapporteur)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Tesla will look to build a showroom in another Connecticut city instead of complying with East Windsor’s request to be built next to existing car dealerships, according to the company’s local developer. (CT station)

SOLAR:
A New Jersey city council authorizes a plan to build a solar farm of about 3 MW at a former Superfund site, with about half of that power reserved for local low-to-middle income households. (My central jersey)
New Jersey is one of the few states participate in a new federal website to help low-income residents enroll in community solar projects at a lower cost. (N.J. Advance Media)
A county in Maryland begins construction on 1.3 MW canopies and solar panels on the roofs, which will provide the vast majority of the energy needed for a utility operating complex. (Press release)
A borough in the Pittsburgh area add solar panels on the roof to a municipal building to save thousands of dollars on their electricity bill each year. (TribLive)

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