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National Grid’s UK Perspective on Cutting Greenhouse Gases – It’s interesting to watch multinational corporations adapt to local circumstances. National Grid is headquartered in Great Britain and has 20 million customers in the US with subsidiaries in New York, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. In July of 2020, National Grid ESO (the electricity system operator for Great Britain) published its Future Energy Scenarios (FES) Report. On page 35 of the report, they show the rate at which gas burners in homes must be phased out for each scenario they’ve developed to meet UK climate goals. In the report they assume gas boilers are replaced with “hydrogen boilers, heat pumps or district heat connections”.
Where are the gas phase-out glide path recommendations from New York’s utilities? Is there a difference in the demands political leaders and regulators place on their utilities in Britain and New York? See also, the article below on gas planning in Nevada.
Hundreds rally across NYS in support of the Climate and Community Investment Act (CCIA) and THRIVE Agenda – The rallies were part of a Climate, Jobs, and Justice Action Week organized by NY Renews and NYS Indivisible – …”hundreds of grassroots activists across New York State took part in fifteen rallies outside of legislative offices as part of a “Climate, Jobs, and Justice Action Week” on April 7th, demanding the passage of the Climate and Community Investment Act in New York State and the THRIVE Agenda in Congress to create green jobs, combat the climate crisis, ensure all communities have access to clean and healthy air and water, and build an economy that works for all. State and federal legislators participated in the rallies, expressing their support for bold climate action this year. Congressman Tom Suozzi joined one of four actions on Long Island. In New York City, State Senators Brad Hoylman and John Liu, as well as State Assemblymember Harvey Epstein joined a group of 150 activists marching from Union Square to Washington Square Park. State Senator Robert Jackson joined constituents at a rally in Harlem, and State Assemblywoman Anna Kelles joined youth activists at a rally in Ithaca.” See the full article here. The CCIA includes a carbon fee and a “polluter pay” fee directed to fund the transition from fossil fuels in disadvantaged communities and create green jobs in the process.