Volume 11 | January 31, 2019

Governors Deliver Inaugural & State of the State Addresses
The CONEG Governors have delivered their 2019 Inaugural and/or State of the State addresses. Highlights of their speeches are provided below including a word cloud illustrating the commonalities among the states.
Bridging the Gap Between Conservation and Energy Advocates: A Historical Leadership Moment
By: Lana Bluege

In the energy and environmental field, consequential outcomes lurk around every report and every new study determining the fate of the planet. States are prioritizing areas where change needs to occur in order to reduce the effects of climate change and the continued damage to the earth. New England in particular has very
News from the States
Gov. Lamont Signs First Bill: Bipartisan Legislation Allows Federal Workers Impacted by the Shutdown to Receive Financial Assistance Through a Partnership With the State’s Banks and Credit Unions

Maine’s governor solicits proposals to install solar panels on the Blaine House (Portland Press Herald)

Bill To Tax Fossil Fuel Producers Among Dozens Of Climate-Related Proposals Before Maine Legislature (Maine Public Radio)


New Hampshire
Governor Chris Sununu Letter to Dr. Walter Cruickshank regarding BOEM Offshore Renewable Energy Task Force for New Hampshire

Sununu Requests State-Federal Offshore Wind Task Force ; Advocates Court Supply Business (NHPR)
New York

Rhode Island
Governor releases proposed $9.9B state budget (Newport Daily News)

Vineyard Wind offers $6.2M to compensate R.I. fishermen (Providence Journal)


With No Shutdown End In Sight, Vt. Extends Unemployment Benefits To Federal Workers (VT Public Radio)

Governor Chris Sununu and Governor Phil Scott Introduce Twin State Voluntary Leave Plan
Regional and Federal Updates
Another New England Winter, Same Natural Gas Shortage (Real Clear Energy)


EIA's Annual Energy Outlook 2019 projects continued robust growth in U.S. energy production (EIA)

Congress’s new t ransportation leader wants to make a deal (Curbed)
Did you know...

72% of polled Americans now say global warming is personally important to them,  according to the Yale program on climate change communication.

Source: The Guardian
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