An Uncomfortable Reminder of Why You Shouldn’t Take Air Conditioning for Granted

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Ind. AG defiant as pressure to resign mounts … Maine gov.’s Medicaid expansion veto survives … and the high costs of homelessness services.

Still Rebuilding After Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico Hopes to Spur Critical Infrastructure Investment

Officials have outlined an ambitious set of P3 projects supporting electrical and water resilience, as well as economic development.

Maine’s Offshore Wind Promise Goes Unfulfilled, Advocates Say

Proponents of the renewable energy hope the state’s next governor embraces new technology local universities are developing to advance the industry.

Local Advocates Decry Proposed State ‘Bribe’ to Permit Drilling

House Republicans are pushing a plan that would financially incentivize states to drill for oil and gas and punish those that don’t.

Report: 68 National Parks Threatened by Offshore Drilling Expansion

Companies simply can’t guarantee a catastrophic spill won’t occur jeopardizing the livelihoods of coastal communities, a new report says.

17 States Move to Block EPA Weakening of Fuel-Economy Standards

"States joining California in this suit are part of a broader movement of states, cities, and businesses that are driving down emissions without any help from Washington.”

Solar Designation Program Taps 200th U.S. Community

SolSmart’s 200 designees are located in 35 states and the District of Columbia, encompassing more than 59 million Americans.

Colorado Localities Challenge Energy Giants With New Lawsuit

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Curbing Atlanta City Hall’s “culture of political interference” … N.Y.C. officials look to boost Airbnb enforcement … more GOP leaders want Mo. governor to resign … and Pa. Turnpike to get “delicious vegan cookies.”

Puerto Rico's Blackout Is Now the Second-Worst in History

If you look at the number of hours customers lost access to electricity stemming from a single event, the disruption from Hurricane Maria has been massive.

New Worries Over Aging Underwater Pipeline in Great Lakes

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Kansas City mayor decries sales tax cap plan … coding error leads to Mass. headache … new wildfires in Arizona … and historic changes coming to Vermont gun laws.

Tiny Towns, Small States Bet on Bitcoin Even as Some Shun Its Miners

While bitcoin mining may not create many jobs, state officials and cryptocurrency advocates believe in the economic potential of the industries created through blockchain technology.

New Jersey Looks to Lead U.S. Offshore Wind Development

The industry, long dominated by Europe, has been making its way across the pond with governors and state legislatures as its champions.

Feds: Russian Hackers Are Targeting U.S. Power Plants

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Florida bridge collapse; new opioid lawsuits in West Virginia and South Dakota; Oregon governor fires librarian; top 50 invasive species in Western states; and a high cost for an Albany interstate.

California's Solar Sector Is Cooling Off

Analysts expect expansion to continue in emerging markets Utah, Texas, South Carolina and Florida.

Utilities Are Paying Their Customers to Buy Electric Vehicles

With few alternatives, utilities are spending their money—and carmakers’ cash—to get people hooked on batteries.

This City Is Making Climate Action Affordable for Low-Income Residents

“You don’t need to drive a Tesla to benefit from the green dividend,” said San José Mayor Sam Liccardo.

Could Puerto Rico Turn Out to Be Trump’s First Infrastructure Win?

Some officials in the U.S. territory think so. And they’ve already secured a smart cities grant with hopes to expedite resilient hurricane recovery.