OFFSHORE WIND: Permitting documents for the Vineyard Wind offshore project show commercial fisheries will likely abandon the area due to turbine-related hardships, contradicting federal officials’ insistence the industries can coexist. (Providence Journal)

CLIMATE:
Several large-scale aquaculture projects are underway in Maine, but the industry’s carbon footprint worries environmental activists. (The Maine Monitor)
Vermont finds greenhouse gas emissions fell by an estimated 5.6% between 2016 and 2019, but the state still needs to address its largest source of emissions: the energy-intensive transportation and heating sectors. (VT Digger)

SOLAR:
New York officials plan to study whether unused acreage in a rural upstate New York county would be an appropriate site for a solar-plus-storage project. (NNY360)
Tenants of an affordable housing building in Washington, D.C., benefit from a  community solar project on their roof that provides them with between $40-$50 in monthly electric bill credits. (NextCity)

NATURAL GAS: Numerous businesses in downtown Baltimore were evacuated Friday afternoon as emergency officials investigated a reported gas leak. (Baltimore Sun)

HYDROPOWER: Officials in a western Vermont town reconsider reconfiguring a Castleton River dam to generate hydropower. (Rutland Herald)

PROPANE: Rhode Island regulators extend the public comment period for a proposed expansion of a controversial Port of Providence propane shipping terminal. (Providence Journal)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
A $160,000 state grant allows Pittsburgh to purchase nine new electric vehicles, including an electric bucket truck for its forestry division. (Tribune-Review)
Maryland’s most populous county signs an agreement to transition at least 44 buses from diesel to electric power. (Patch)

TRANSPORTATION:
Even in its early stages, fierce debate ignites around Connecticut’s potential inclusion in the Transportation and Climate Initiative. (CT Post)
Pennsylvania’s environment agency grants more than $320,000 to two academic institutions to install electric vehicle charging infrastructure and propane fueling. (Reading Eagle, subscription)

COMMENTARY:
Biomass energy is not only harmful to the environment but also to our health, and it should no longer be considered a clean power source, argue a doctor and a climate research leader. (Commonwealth Magazine)
An environmental professor and author argues Pennsylvania’s public lands should be protected from fracking and preserved for the people. (Philadelphia Inquirer, subscription)

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.