GRID: Clean energy advocates challenge how regional grid operator PJM Interconnection values various resources in its capacity market, saying the current system is biased toward coal, gas and nuclear. (E&E News)

ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE: Vermont’s House approves a bill requiring state agencies to address environmental burdens that disproportionately affect people of color, low-income residents, and people with disabilities; it now heads back to the Senate. (VTDigger)

UTILITIES:
• PSEG says New Jersey’s clean energy goals and its own targets are boosting investments and earnings potential as the utility seeks approval for an $848 million distribution grid buildout. (Utility Dive)
• More than 100 residents of New York’s Hudson Valley attend a hearing to complain of unexpected and overpriced bills from Central Hudson. (Times Union)

SOLAR:
• Massachusetts’ Department of Transportation announces three solar carport projects at park and ride locations outside Boston. (Standard-Times)
• The U.S. military adds a 6 MW storage system to its 18.6 MW solar array at Fort Detrick in Maryland. (Microgrid Knowledge)

EFFICIENCY:
• Maine announces a $4 million plan to help the state’s hospitality businesses install heat pumps and more efficient lighting and appliances to reduce energy costs. (news release)
• Rhode Island’s governor honors 26 agencies, municipalities and public schools for clean energy and efficiency projects achieved over the past year. (news release)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• Connecticut lawmakers pass a bill to let electric vehicle drivers use carpool lanes, alongside a larger bill designed to boost EV adoption. (CTPost)
• New Hampshire regulators reject utility Unitil’s $2.8 million plan to build public electric vehicle charging stations and provide rebates for residential chargers, saying it would only benefit wealthy customers. (NHPR)

TRANSMISSION: Residents of Astoria, Queens, voice support for recently approved transmission lines meant to bring hydropower to New York City. (QNS)

OFFSHORE WIND: New England conservation groups call on federal regulators to analyze offshore wind farms’ potential effects on Gulf of Maine ecosystems and fisheries. (Maine Public)

OIL & GAS: Three Pennsylvania trade groups representing conventional oil and gas drillers sue to be excluded from a forthcoming state rule that would regulate methane and other emissions from wells. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

COMMENTARY:
• Maine’s many public transit services need to unite to improve ridership and route coordination if they hope to effectively spend federal infrastructure funds, an editorial board argues. (Central Maine)
• Connecticut lawmakers should boost green hydrogen and renewable natural gas alongside solar and wind to speed up decarbonization, a manager at a think tank writes. (New Canaan Advertiser)
• Two scientists push Chesapeake Bay-area residents to electrify their lawn care equipment to curb gasoline emissions. (Bay Journal)
• A Rochester, New York, journalist explores state and regional efforts to electrify leaf blowers. (Rochester Beacon)

More from the Energy News Network: Midwest | Southeast | Northeast | West

Questions or comments about this article? Contact us at editor@energynews.us.

Avatar photo

Kathryn Krawczyk

Kathryn brings her extensive editorial background to the Energy News Network team, where she oversees the early-morning production of ENN’s five email digest newsletters as well as distribution of ENN’s original journalism with other media outlets. From documenting chronic illness’ effect on college students to following the inner workings of Congress, Kathryn has built a broad experience in her more than five years working at major publications including The Week Magazine. Kathryn holds a Bachelor of Science in magazine journalism and information management and technology from Syracuse University.