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Senators call out New England grid operator

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GRID: Seven U.S. senators from New England write to the region’s power grid operator to say it hasn’t done enough to transition to clean energy and accommodate state policies that encourage the changes. (Utility Dive)

STORAGE: A new study says Massachusetts cannot meet its clean energy goals with deploying utility scale energy storage. (Utility Dive)

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CLIMATE:
• The judge overseeing New York’s climate change lawsuit against ExxonMobil echoes the company’s call for the state to explain a last-minute change in its trial strategy that led to dropping multiple counts. (E&E News, subscription required)
• A federal watchdog agency says 60 Pennsylvania Superfund sites are vulnerable to the impacts of climate change like sea level rise, storm surge or flooding. (Pennsylvania Capital-Star)

NATURAL GAS:
• A scientist from Johns Hopkins University tells a Pittsburgh conference that fracking should be banned because of its impact on health and climate change. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)
• Officials from nine western Pennsylvania counties say the region welcomes the petrochemical industry that has been made possible by fracking, contrary to a statement by Pittsburgh’s mayor opposing it. (The Times) 

OFFSHORE WIND: A Rhode Island official whose proposed layout for offshore wind farms was rejected by developers two years ago praises them for adopting his plan last week. (CommonWealth Magazine)

PIPELINES:
• Massachusetts’ two U.S. senators are asking federal regulators to delay final approval of a compressor station and reconsider whether the project is needed. (Patriot Ledger)
• Maine U.S. Sen. Angus King says pipelines are vulnerable to cyber attacks and should be subject to the same security standards as the power grid. (Bloomberg)

EMISSIONS: Republican Pennsylvania legislators introduce bills on Wednesday to require their approval for the state to join a regional emissions reduction compact. (Associated Press)

CLEAN ENERGY:
• Clean energy advocates say New York City should competitively solicit sources near the city to meet its electricity needs. (Platts)
• Massachusetts mayors launch a new coalition that advocates 100% clean electricity by 2035 and elimination of fossil fuels by 2045. (SouthCoastToday)

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TRANSPORTATION:
• In a three-part series, the Boston Globe explores how an emphasis on driving has crippled the city’s transportation system.
• Pennsylvania awards three grants of $510,000 to the Pittsburgh region for alternative fuel vehicles for a waste company, a utility and a county government. (TribLive)

COMMENTARY: An environmental group praises Pittsburgh for committing to make new or renovated city buildings net-zero energy. (Natural Resources Defense Council)

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