- Puget Sound Energy announced plans to reduce its carbon emissions in half by 2040. The utility, which serves energy to more than 1.5 million customers, said it will accomplish this through a variety of different initiatives. However, the Sierra Club, an environmental group with a Seattle chapter, objects to the plans. [Mercer Island Reporter]
- The Vermont Public Utility Commission approved a 5% rate increase for Green Mountain Power. The approval ratified an agreement between GMP and the Department of Public Service, the state agency that represents the public interest in utility rate cases. GlobalFoundries, GMP’s largest customer, unsuccessfully disputed the increase. [vtdigger.org]
- The fissures in the Canada-U.S. relationship will be more apparent than ever this week during the United Nations climate change talks in Germany. Canadian Environment Minister Catherine McKenna, ahead of her trip, said, “If the US is going to step back, we’ve said we‘re going to step up, and that’s exactly what we’ll be doing.” [Oakwood Herald]
- Avangrid Renewables is pursuing two new wind projects, one off the coast of Massachusetts and another in the heart of New Mexico. It is working with Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners on a bid to build an offshore wind farm in waters off the coast of Massachusetts. That partnership is known as Vineyard Wind. [CleanTechnica]
- Air pollution originating in the US Midwest region is being blown into the Northeast region, leading to harmful effects on the region’s population, according to a lawsuit filed against the US EPA by 8 Northeastern states. The lawsuit seeks to impose stricter controls on emissions in the Midwestern states in question. [CleanTechnica]
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