Volume 18 | September 16, 2019

Unfortunately due to Hurricane Dorian, the 2019 Conference of New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers (NEG/ECP) in New Brunswick had to be cancelled.

The devastation and impact of the hurricane is yet another example of the importance of regional collaboration in reference to climate change and adaptation, ironically one of the panel topics of the conference. Climate change can be linked to the increase in ocean temperature and water vapor in the atmosphere which in turn, created a perfect environment for Hurricane Dorian. More information on this correlation can be found here .

Meanwhile,  Connecticut will host the 2020 Conference  later next year. Stay informed of NEG/ECP's work at the  CONEG website .
Congress Returns with Crowded Agenda
Congressional members returned to Washington facing a crowded agenda around gun violence, defense spending, and drug prices to name a few, with only a couple of weeks to avert another potential government shutdown. Before the August Recess, the House had already passed 10 of its 12 appropriations bills while the Senate did not advance any appropriations bills at the subcommittee level. The House is expected to vote on a stopgap bill next week.

On September 12, the Senate Appropriations Committee considered their 302(b) spending allocations for each of the subcommittees, as well as the FY2020 appropriations bills for the subcommittees on Defense and Energy and Water Development.
News from the States
 Connecticut
Connecticut 100% carbon-free plan is chance to move beyond ISO-NE gas focus : DEEP chief (Utility Dive)


Ma ine
Governor Mills and Efficiency Maine Launch Electric Vehicle Rebate Program

Governor Mills Calls Special Session to Consider Transportation , Broadband, and LMF Bonds

Massachusetts
MassDOT Releases Study Detailing Congestion Impacts and Trends , Recommends Series of Next Steps

State floats 800 megawatt expansion of solar program (MassLive)


New Hampshire
Governor Sununu Signs Bill Banning Offshore Drilling (NHPR)

New York
Governor Cuomo Announces Administration Appointments


Rhode Island
International Wind Company Picks Rhode Island for U.S. Home

Rhode Island Works on Plan to Master Public Transit (ECO RI News)

Vermont
Governor Phil Scott Announces 25 Boards and Commissions Appointments Made in August

Governor Phil Scott Announces Two Cabinet-level Appointments
Regional and Federal Updates

Senate eyes EV fees to pay for highway bill (E&E News)
 
Former FERC Commissioner Cheryl LaFleur joins ISO-NE Board of Directors ; Barney Rush, Vickie VanZandt re-elected (ISO-NE)  

EIA expects U.S. CO2 emissions in 2019 to decline because the forecast share of electricity generated from natural gas and renewables is increasing while the forecast share generated from coal, which is a more carbon-intensive energy source, is decreasing.
Join us at the Global Clean Economy Summit in Boston September 18-20, 2019!
 
CONEG is excited to be a Partner for  Horizon1 9 . The solutions platform for the clean economy, will take place on September 18-20 at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center. Governor Raimondo will be one of the notable speakers this year.

Horizon19 is a global event-driven platform that harnesses the international movement towards a clean economy. With 20,000 unique and growing contacts in the climate change space stemming from the inaugural event, the momentum to act of clean energy solutions is rapidly accelerating. Horizon19 is the platform to uniquely offer resolutions to act on climate commitments in concert with the Paris Agreement, 2030 Sustainability Goals, We Are Still In, and America’s Pledge.            
 
Special Offer:  As a Horizon19 partner,  CONEG  is very pleased to be able to provide a special offer for our stakeholders - 45% Off Registration for CONEG attendees (early bird rates expire July 31)
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Did You Know

Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont authorizes up to 2,000 megawatts of offshore wind development.

Source: Energy News