Volume 35 | May 28, 2021

New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers Meet Virtually to Build on Cross Border Relationship
After a two-year hiatus, the New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers (NEG/ECP) met virtually on May 17 to build on their relationship, and they discussed COVID-19 and economic recovery, climate change, and U.S. Canada relations.

A major topic of discussion among Governors and Premiers was coordination on vaccine supply in the region. They agreed to write a letter inquiring about the transfer of surplus vaccinations from the states to the provinces as soon as possible to help expedite reopening their borders. A copy of the letter is available here.

The NEG/ECP has a long, successful history of working together to promote shared cross-border priorities and their closely integrated economies.

In September 2019, Hurricane Dorian swept up the Atlantic over the course of ten days, completing its intense path with landfall over Nova Scotia and Eastern Canada. While Dorian was a near miss for New England, it was the most powerful Atlantic hurricane on record, outside of the Caribbean Sea. Dorian cancelled the New Brunswick conference and serves as a powerful reminder the impact climate change inflicts upon our shared North Atlantic region.

In 2020, Governor Lamont was looking forward to hosting everyone in Connecticut, but clearly state and provincial governments all had more pressing matters across the communities and people they serve in responding to COVID-19, so that conference too was cancelled.
News from the States
Governor Lamont Announces Back to Work CT Program, Giving Long-Term Unemployed Residents $1,000 Payments for Obtaining New Jobs Following Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic
Governor Lamont Says Connecticut’s Four Credit Rating Upgrades Recognize a Major Shift in the Strengthening of the State’s Budgetary Practices

Governor Mills Touts Maine Jobs & Recovery Plan’s Investment in Workforce Training at Maine’s Community Colleges

Baker-Polito Administration to Lift COVID Restrictions May 29, State to Meet Vaccination Goal by Beginning of June
New Hampshire
Governor Chris Sununu Signs 16 Bills Into Law
Governor Sununu issues Twentieth extension of the State of Emergency declared in Executive Order 2020-04
New York
Governor Cuomo Announces New High-Speed Electric Vehicle Charging Stations at Mirabito Convenience Stores in Central New York

Rhode Island

Governor McKee, RIDOH Announce Updated Reopening Timeline, End to Indoor Masking for Vaccinated Individuals in Accordance with CDC Guidelines
Governor Phil Scott Announces Threshold to Remove All Covid-19 Restrictions

Vermont receives federal designation for alternative fuel corridors (Vermont Biz)
Regional and Federal Updates
US Offshore Wind Critical to New England’s Decarbonized Future Grid (RTO Insider)

New WRI expert notes on aligning green recovery plans and NDCs (World Resources Institute)

Pathway to critical and formidable goal of net-zero emissions by 2050 is narrow but brings huge benefits, according to IEA special report (International Energy Agency)

ISO New England Expects Sufficient Electricity Supplies Under Average, Above-Average Summer Temperatures (ISO-NE), but the North American Electric Reliability Corporation thinks the grid operator is at risk of an energy shortfall (Utility Dive)
Did you know?

April 2021 was Earth's ninth-warmest April on record in the 142-year NOAA record, which dates back to 1880.