UTILITIES: PSEG rethinks its emissions reduction target, now ambitiously aiming to hit net-zero by 2030 instead of 2050. (Reuters)

ALSO: A judge sets trial and jury selection dates for the trial of five former Connecticut Municipal Electric Energy Cooperative officials facing conspiracy corruption charges related to alleged luxury travel. (The Day)

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GRID: A bill with the potential to spur clean energy development and eliminate grid inefficiencies in a rural Maine county disconnected from the New England grid lands on the desk of Gov. Janet Mills. (Bangor Daily News)

OFFSHORE WIND:
• Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-New Hampshire, backs a bill seeking to ensure that states adjacent to new offshore wind development receive some of the money from lease sales. (New Hampshire Public Radio)
• A New Jersey bill limiting local control over onshore transmission infrastructure for offshore wind farms passes the state legislature and is likely to receive Gov. Phil Murphy’s signature. (NJ.com)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• The transit authority of Washington, D.C., decides to shift its entire bus fleet to zero-emissions vehicles by 2045. (The Washington Post)
• Plans are underway to install 18 public electric vehicle chargers and a battery storage system on an otherwise unused Brooklyn lot, touted as the first such combined project in New York City. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)
• A southern Maine transit service receives a $1.22 million federal grant to purchase two on-route chargers for its electric buses, allowing the transportation provider to take two diesel buses off the roads. (News Center Maine)
• A Pennsylvania lawmaker introduces a federal bill requiring electric and plug-in hybrid vehicle owners to pay a fee to fund highway and road repairs. (WGAL)
• Delaware extends its electric vehicle rebate program through June 30, 2022. (news release)

PIPELINES: In New Jersey, environmentalists and neighbors of a proposed  Tennessee Gas Pipeline expansion protested against the project before a county meeting, where labor unionists also appeared to support it on the basis of job creation. (New Jersey Herald)

CLIMATE:
• A long-abandoned office building in New Haven, Connecticut, is converted into what it says is the first net-zero hotel in the country, complete with ground-level and rooftop solar panels. (New Haven Independent)
• A former elected official and Rhode Island Chapter of the Sierra Club leader pleads no contest to several charges related to alleged embezzlement and campaign finance violations. (The NonProfit Times)

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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.