CLIMATE: New York environmentalists saw a disappointing state legislative session with few wins to help reduce carbon emissions and bolster the cause of fighting the climate crisis. (Times Union)

ALSO: Republican lawmakers in Pennsylvania try to thwart Gov. Tom Wolf’s climate agenda with a bill to require him to get legislative approval to instate a cost for power plant emissions. (TribLIVE)

• Local officials investigate the cause of a fuel spill into a creek alongside an elementary school that killed wildlife and forced students to learn remotely in a western Philadelphia suburb. (Delaware County Daily Times)
• The Pennsylvania Transportation Revenue Options Commission considers recommending a temporary 4.2 cent-per-gallon gas tax increase to offset a funding shortage and get more electric vehicles on the road. (Reading Eagle)
• Local Pennsylvania governments received $54 million less in Marcellus Shale gas well tax revenues in 2020 than in 2019 due to gas price declines and decreased drilling. (Associated Press)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Heavily populated parts of New York’s Hudson Valley have plenty of electric vehicle chargers, but venturing into rural areas requires more planning from drivers, state data shows. (Times Union)

• New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy suggests federal funding could offset hundreds of millions of dollars worth of unpaid utility bills. (NJ Spotlight)
• Murphy implements a “grace period” through the end of the year for New Jersey ratepayers with accumulated arrearages. (

• Answering a call by Pope Francis to combat the climate crisis, the Brooklyn Diocese in New York installs solar panels on the roof of an affordable housing building. (Catholic News Service)
• In New York, the Smithtown Central School District opens a 2 MW solar carport with electric vehicle chargers. (news release)

WIND: The Maine Land Use Planning Commission considers authorizing construction of a 126 MW wind farm in northern Washington County. (Mainebiz)

HYDROPOWER: For decades, a Gloucester, Massachusetts, man has worked on designs for hydroelectric vehicles to help mitigate climate change and improve accessibility in low-electricity or natural disaster areas. (Cape Ann Beacon)

COAL: Local officials believe a fire at an abandoned coal mine in central Pennsylvania has been extinguished. (PennLive)

COMMENTARY: Massachusetts residents living in the most disadvantaged areas aren’t benefiting the most from energy efficiency programs, according to a newspaper columnist. (Boston Globe, subscription)