BUILDINGS: Some of New York City’s cooling centers stayed closed or didn’t publicize they were open during a recent heat wave, among other problems, leading to calls for more investment in the program. (City Limits) ALSO: • Three municipalities in Maine are among the first in the state to adopt a C-PACE loan program for commercial property owners undertaking energy efficiency and clean energy projects.
(Mainebiz) • A Rhode Island clean heat program plans to add $25 million in incentives for residents, small businesses, public buildings and other organizations to switch away from fossil fuels or help develop the HVAC industry workforce. (ecoRI) GRID: • Pennsylvania utility regulators propose guidelines for when power companies can implement battery storage as a distributed resource, namely when doing so provides more value and resiliency.
(RTO Insider, subscription) • As electrification and power demand rise, Con Edison launches a time-of-use rate for electric vehicle owners to charge up at off-peak hours and avoid plugging in at peak periods. (KYMA) SOLAR: • NJTransit nears a deal to build and receive power from a 1.1 MW solar canopy at one of its Atlantic City-area bus garages.
(NorthJersey.com) • Despite state regulators’ intervention, thousands of New York City community solar subscribers still aren’t receiving their promised credits. (The City) TRANSIT: • Connecticut transit officials fail to explain why its planned train car purchase is significantly more expensive than European agencies’ car purchases, but an American rail transit critic explains several factors.
(CT Examiner) • Maine officials grant $650,000 to a community program to improve rural communities’ transit access by updating the software used to schedule and dispatch drivers. (WABI) CLIMATE: The U.S. Department of Agriculture grants Northeast farmers impacted by July floods more time to access disaster relief funds and flexible loan repayment terms.
(NHPR) ELECTRIC VEHICLES: South Burlington, Vermont, analyzes the pros and cons of using electric school buses — including lower performance in some environments — as it awaits the delivery of new models. (WCAX) OIL & GAS: Equitrans says a large natural gas leak in southwest Pennsylvania last fall was due to corrosion in a storage well.
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