EFFICIENCY: Two Massachusetts incentive programs are driving the development of thousands of new units in residential apartment buildings designed to the highly energy-efficient passive house standard. (Energy News Network)

HEAT PUMPS:
New York heat pump installers say ratcheting back on equipment subsidies has dampened enthusiasm for more installations, and lawmakers have so far lagged on increasing funding. (The River)
A news outlet highlights three pilot projects being used to assess the potential for gas utilities to transition to underground thermal networks to heat and cool Massachusetts neighborhoods. (Canary Media)

OFFSHORE WIND:
Competing wind turbine production hub plans are cropping up across towns and neighborhoods in New York and New Jersey, although the area may have enough demand to support multiple facilities. (New York Times)
Massachusetts lawmakers ditch discussions around tripling a monthly electric bill surcharge, intended to support offshore wind industry subsidies. (Commonwealth Magazine)

SOLAR:
A pro-solar nonprofit wants to form a solar cooperative in Pennsylvania’s Allegheny County — and intends to provide free solar installations for some low-to-moderate-income homeowners. (news release)
Two operations and planning officials in an upstate New York city discuss the brainstorming process that led to their idea for a floating solar array. (Solar Industry Magazine)
A northern New Jersey apartment complex installs a nearly 1 MW solar array on its rooftop and parking garage. (news release)

CLIMATE:
The United Nations’ latest climate report warns that Lower Manhattan may become unfit to live in as climate change brings oppressive heat waves and higher sea levels. (WNYC)
A New Hampshire legislative committee votes to not recommend a proposed bill that would make the state utility regulator consider climate change as it sets electric rates. (New Hampshire Bulletin)
Maine transportation officials undertake projects to minimize the impact of the climate crisis on roads, culverts and bridges. (News Center Maine)
In Massachusetts, higher average temperatures and larger amounts of precipitation have left Boston and Worcester with less snow than normal but wetter-than-average conditions. (MassLive)

JOBS: New York officials and two dozen in-state community colleges band together to apply for a $25 million federal grant for green and climate economy workforce training. (LoHud.com)

FOSSIL FUELS: The leaders of the largest electric and gas supplier in Buffalo, New York, discuss the international and regional factors influencing energy prices in the area. (Buffalo Business First, subscription)

TRANSPORTATION:
Connecticut lawmakers consider a bill that would give residents the right to install electric vehicle charging infrastructure, which a condominium association’s lawyer derides as too broadly written. (RTO Insider, subscription)
A fare-free rides pilot begins on three well-trod public bus routes in Boston. (MassLive)

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Bridget Reed Morawski

Bridget is a freelance reporter and newsletter writer based in the Washington, D.C., area. She compiles the Northeast Energy News digest. Bridget primarily writes about energy, conservation and the environment. Originally from Philadelphia, she graduated from Emerson College in 2015 with a degree in journalism and a minor in environmental studies. When she isn’t working on a story, she’s normally on a northern Maine lake or traveling abroad to practice her Spanish language skills.