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January 23, 2019

Top Story

Gas outages hit 10K in Rhode Island after issue on Algonquin pipeline

By Gavin Bade, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2019-01-23 04:24:55

More than 7,000 natural gas customers on Rhode Island’s Aquidneck Island are without service Tuesday morning after a pipeline issue prompted utility National Grid to cut gas supplies to the area during single-digit temperatures. The utility said it suspended gas services “out of an abundance of caution” after a problem on the Algonquin gas transmission pipeline caused a low pressure event. Gov. Gina Raimondo, D, announced a state of emergency for Newport County on Monday night and opened heating centers for affected residents. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

Most Americans concerned about human-caused warming — poll

By Ines Kagubare, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-01-23 04:27:13

Nearly three-quarters of Americans believe climate change is happening, and most agree it is caused by human activity, according to a new poll. The poll, conducted by the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago (EPIC) and the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, found that 71 percent of Americans think climate change is real, while only 9 percent do not. Nineteen percent are unsure. [ read more … ]

‘Science is back’: Wisconsin governor aims for renewable boom

Jeffrey Tomich, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-01-23 04:25:18

As Democratic Gov. Tony Evers emerged from behind a curtain at Renew Wisconsin’s annual summit, his presence in the convention hall ballroom was more meaningful than the substance of his keynote speech. For eight years, renewable and environmental advocates in Wisconsin wrangled with Gov. Scott Walker (R) in their efforts to accelerate the state’s energy transition and tackle climate change. Now they have an ally. [ read more … ]

Montana debates future sources for power generation

By Matt Volz, Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2019-01-23 04:25:51

Renewable energy and fossil fuel advocates made their case to Montana regulators Friday for how to boost the state’s electricity generation to make up for an expected drop in the region’s power supply as coal-fired plants are shut down in the coming years. The Montana Public Service Commission held a crowded public hearing in the state Capitol and heard the state’s largest electricity supplier say it plans to add 725 megawatts of power generation by 2025. [ read more … ]

Top 3 emitter states gets in the global warming

By Benjamin Storrow, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-01-23 04:26:13

Pennsylvania is the energy giant of the Northeast. It is America’s second- and third-largest producer of natural gas and coal, respectively. Only Texas and California emit more carbon dioxide among states. [ read more … ]

Massachusetts bill seeks to speed transition to renewable energy

By Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2019-01-23 04:26:54

The bill would update the state’s 2008 Global Warming Solutions Act by setting new emissions level requirements: 50 percent below 1990 emissions levels by 2030, 75 percent below by 2040 and net zero emissions by 2050. The Global Warming Solutions Act requires the state to reduce its carbon emissions by at least 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050. [ read more … ]

New Yorker’s Elizabeth Kolbert on her ‘depressing’ beat

Maxine Joselow, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-01-23 04:27:37

Elizabeth Kolbert makes a living documenting catastrophe. The New Yorker reporter has been covering climate change since 2001. She’s traveled the globe to see the impacts of warming firsthand, from melting ice sheets in Greenland to disappearing species in Vermont [ read more … ]

Note: News clips provided do not necessarily reflect the views of coalition or its member governors.