TRANSIT: New Jersey plans to phase out diesel-powered trucks sold in the state, becoming the first East Coast state to adopt the Advanced Clean Trucks rule first rolled out in California last year. (Grist)

ALSO: The failure of the Transportation and Climate Initiative coupled with a Rhode Island lawmaker’s plan to not reintroduce her related legislation means the state doesn’t have a plan to reduce its transportation emissions. (ecoRI)

CLIMATE:
• New York’s climate action council publishes a massive draft scoping plan with recommendations for building and transportation electrification, as well as gas reduction and system retirement. (S&P Global)
• Maine scientists investigate a possible link between starving baby lobsters and the climate crisis, while other fishers consider switching to sea scallop farming to make up for lost lobster revenues predicted to accompany warming waters. (Bangor Daily News, Portland Press Herald)
• A new study out of Yale University finds more hurricanes are likely to hit Northeast cities as the climate crisis worsens. (USA Today)

WIND:
• Three Rhode Island fishing companies and a Texas think tank sue federal officials over their approval of the Vineyard Wind farm, citing concerns that it and similar projects will make navigating nearby waters challenging and expensive while destroying the longfin squid industry. (Providence Business Journal, Providence Business News)
• Some Rhode Island environmental advocates are concerned that PPL Corp., which wants to buy Narragansett Electric Co., doesn’t have the expertise to run the wind assets it would acquire. (Providence Business News)
• A nearly 80 MW wind farm comes online in a rural New York county. (news release)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• A Pittsburgh parking agency and a local electric utility have finished constructing western Pennsylvania’s largest electric vehicle charging depot, which can power up to 30 vehicles at a time. (TribLive)
• Vermont lawmakers and transportation experts discuss how the state will replace lost fuel tax revenues as it pushes for wider electric vehicle adoption. (VT Digger)
• Southern Maine Community college has begun offering the state’s first electric vehicle diagnostics and repair technician program. (news release)

GAS:
• A Massachusetts appeals court dismisses a citizens group’s lawsuit attempting to close the controversial natural gas compressor station in Weymouth. (CBS Boston)
• A power company withdraws plans to replace combustion turbines with natural gas at a New York City power plant, noting it is “prepared to meet zero-carbon goals.(New York Daily News)
• New York passes legislation requiring petroleum-based heating oil be blended with biodiesel. (Reuters)

DECOMMISSIONING:
• Regulators will fine the company decommissioning New Jersey’s Oyster Creek nuclear facility $150,000 for unspecified security violations. (Associated Press)
• A New Hampshire lawmaker introduces legislation to require solar panel manufacturers to file plans to recycle the items once they are no longer useful. (New Hampshire Public Radio)
• A Pennsylvania legislator files a bill that would cap the percentage of a decommissioning renewable energy facility’s materials that are sent to landfill, as well as set financial assurance benchmarks. (WESA)

PIPELINES: Sunoco Pipeline says construction of its Mariner East pipeline should wrap up in the first quarter of 2022. (WHYY)

GRID:
• Maine’s utility regulator will work with federal grid technology experts over the next year to determine how to best integrate its glut of proposed solar projects onto the grid. (News Center Maine)
• In Maryland’s Cecil County, Delmarva Power Company is installing free at-home battery storage systems for some residents experiencing frequent power outages. (Cecil Whig)

EFFICIENCY:
• Differing interpretations of how Massachusetts can legally deploy energy efficiency funding are hurting low-income families’ abilities to switch to greener power sources and save money. (Boston Globe)
• Some South Portland, Maine, councilmembers worry an updated energy efficiency code will make housing more expensive and push out existing residents. (Portland Press Herald)
• New York kicks off a $30 million initiative to form a network of builders and developers committed to only building carbon-neutral single-family homes. (Rochester Beacon)