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Vermont Climate Solutions Summit – This Saturday
by Sandy Levine

Let’s figure out next steps together. This Saturday, Energy Independent Vermont is bringing together our friends, supporters and activists from all over the state for a day-long Climate Solutions Summit in Burlington, Vermont. The summit will kickoff the next stage in the campaign to work with our newly elected leaders in the Vermont State House…

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Volkswagen Settlement Could Boost Electric Vehicles in New England
by Megan Herzog

On Tuesday, a federal judge in San Francisco approved one of the largest corporate settlements in U.S. history. Volkswagen will pay $14.7 billion to resolve most of the claims related to Volkswagen and Audi vehicles that were programmed to cheat on air pollution tests. The settlement has repercussions here in New England, and not just…

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RGGI Reform: How Strengthening RGGI’s Cap Will Help Battle Climate Change
by Phelps Turner

As the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) approaches its seventh anniversary, the program’s nine participating northeastern states – which includes all of New England – are conducting a periodic review of the program to assess its successes and impacts, as well as what, if any, modifications to implement. RGGI’s successes to date have been impressive. According…

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Beyond Cape Wind: New England’s Clean Energy Future is Now
by Priscilla Brooks

Earlier this month, Cape Wind filed a motion to voluntarily dismiss its appeal to the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court of a Massachusetts Energy Facilities Siting Board decision denying the company’s request for an extension of permits enabling the connection of the proposed offshore wind facility in Nantucket Sound with the electric grid. This is the…

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More Nails in the Coffin for Spectra’s Pipeline Expansion Project?
by Melissa Birchard

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) recently issued a pair of decisions that underscores the dimming prospects for Spectra’s once-dreamed-of pipeline expansion to bring more fracked gas north over a pipeline dubbed “Access Northeast.” In one decision, the federal agency rejected a request by Spectra subsidiary Algonquin to waive market rules designed to cut down…