GAS: Pennsylvania’s utility commission unanimously approves a gas infrastructure project in a residential Philadelphia suburb despite public safety-focused objections from the local community. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

ALSO:
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan and state lawmakers agree to suspend its gasoline tax for roughly a month to try to mitigate rising prices. (Associated Press)
Connecticut Republican lawmakers want the state to pause its wholesale gasoline tax until at least July to combat rising prices. (CT Mirror)

TRANSIT:
The council of Portland, Maine, approves an agreement with a company that will install, operate and maintain nearly 50 public electric vehicle charging stations in the city. (Portland Press Herald)
After almost a century of use, the Boston area’s transit agency will disconnect its electric trolley-buses from overhead wires and instead use diesel hybrid buses until a garage for battery-powered models is constructed. (Boston Globe)

SOLAR: In New York, a Niagara County agency imposes a six-month moratorium on county tax breaks for new solar projects as it determines whether such facilities are appropriate for the area. (Buffalo Business First)

FOSSIL FUELS: A fuel oil spill is reported in upstate New York’s Oswego Harbor that potentially stems from a nearby power plant. (Syracuse.com)

POLITICS: A New Jersey fuel merchant trade group spent $1.4 million on lobbying efforts in the state last year, up 980% since 2020, making the association one of the top spenders at the capital. (NJ Advance Media)

GRID:
ISO New England capacity prices fell by almost a quarter in its latest auction, plummeting from $1.36 billion last year to $1.04 billion this year, according to published auction results. (Utility Dive)
In downeast Maine, Versant Power wants to reconstruct six miles of its oldest transmission line that it says are structurally unsound because of surrounding wetlands. (Bangor Daily News)

WASTE-TO-ENERGY:
A national waste management company is trying to buy a bankrupt incinerator plant in western Massachusetts and convert the station into a trash transfer facility. (Berkshire Eagle)
In central Connecticut, some data has already emerged from a short-term pilot project aiming to have 1,000 families divert organic waste from landfills to a nearby anaerobic digester facility. (Hartford Courant)

CLIMATE: New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy’s proposed budget includes $5 million for a climate change education grant program. (North Jersey Media Group)

EFFICIENCY: A Philadelphia nonprofit receives over $740,000 in loans to make numerous efficiency upgrades, including the installation of a new heating and cooling system. (Philadelphia Tribune)

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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.