NEW ENGLAND

Coverage of New England from New England Public Radio, NPR, and other NPR stations.

A new report says the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative has put $4 billion into Northeast economies since 2009.

The three-year study by the Analysis Group says those benefits have continued even as the program known as RGGI grew more ambitious.

A weather map including the jet stream.
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While the calendar might say it's April, Mother Nature has said otherwise this month. 

“When I was in Lewiston, it felt like its better days were in the rear-view mirror,” Amy Bass says.

Bass was in Lewiston, Maine, to attend Bates College. There wasn’t much reason to stay after she graduated in 1992.

“A lot of unemployment. A lot of vacancy,” she says. “Things that Maine deals with in terms of younger population moving away.”

But Bass became intrigued with Lewiston a little under 20 years ago, when she learned about an influx of families from Somalia.

14 States Suing EPA Over Methane Emissions

Apr 6, 2018

New York and several states from New England have filed a lawsuit against the EPA and its administrator, Scott Pruitt, for not doing enough to combat methane pollution.

Fourteen states, including Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, and Rhode Island, have joined New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s lawsuit against the agency.

Schneiderman says the EPA is violating the Clean Air Act by unreasonably delaying its obligation to control methane pollution from the oil and gas industry.

New Boston Red Sox Manager Alex Cora.
Boston Red Sox

Thursday is opening day for Major League Baseball, and the Boston Red Sox will begin their 2018 campaign in Florida against the Tampa Bay Rays. Despite winning the American League Eastern Division a season ago, the Sox fired manager John Farrell and replaced him with Alex Cora, who used to play for the team. 

A winter storm hit Pittsfield, Massachusetts, in a file photo.
Adam Frenier / NEPR

After a succession of nor’easters and another big storm reportedly hitting New England today, some schools have had to close their doors more than the number of snow days allotted by state education officials. 

The endangered North Atlantic right whale population took a big hit last year, with a record number killed by fishing gear entanglements and ship strikes. Now, an ongoing debate over threats posed by Maine's lobster industry is gaining new urgency.

New England has gotten federal approval for a first-in-the-nation type of power supply auction. It'll let new renewable energy projects take over for old fossil fuel plants on the grid.

Once a year, the nonprofit grid operator ISO-New England holds an auction for power generators who want to supply energy for the region, starting three years out. 

At town hall in Amherst, Mass., elections officials says the unofficial result is that a measure to change how the town is governed was approved Tuesday by voters
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Residents of Amherst, Massachusetts, will soon vote on whether to put an end to their centuries-old Town Meeting and adopt a new form of government.

The debate hasn’t always been friendly in this most liberal of New England towns.

ISO New England's control room.
ISO New England

New England residents are charged some of the highest consumer rates for power in the country. This comes as the budget for the region's electric grid operator rose by more than 30 percent over five years.

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