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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: The Black Economic Council of Massachusetts helps Black-owned businesses get a foothold in the growing electric vehicle market, highlighting opportunities to install, service or resell charging equipment. (Energy News Network)

• New highway rest stops in New York already face complaints of low numbers of electric vehicle chargers. (Post Star)
• Prospect Park, New Jersey, plans to buy alternative-fuel vehicles and install public electric vehicle chargers as the first municipality in the state to adopt a renewable energy plan through a state grant program. (

BUILDINGS: Internal documents show New York public housing managers didn’t believe the high energy efficiency scores many complexes received, and the grades were taken off the agency’s website after a news outlet’s investigation showed they were actually far lower. (The City) 

• In the trial determining whether the company developing the New England Clean Energy Connect power line project has enough vested rights to continue, an executive testifies that fluctuating construction schedules were done in good faith to adhere to contracts. (Portland Press Herald)
• A Vermont utility develops a microgrid for the town of Panton to make residents more resilient to outages and extreme weather. (Vermont Public Radio)

• Western New York’s Erie County wants public feedback on the hundreds of potential strategies it has identified to help decarbonize and adapt the area to climate change, ranging from electric vehicle adoption, efficiency measures and bike lanes. (Buffalo News)
• Ticks in New York already appear to be booming after a mild winter, and continuously warming winter temperatures could mean many more in the future. (Times Union)

• A New Hampshire mayor asks the state to forgive roughly $50 million in debt held by the Burgess Biopower plant, calling the potential loss of the large corporate taxpayer and job creator “devastating.” (InDepth NH)
• A new process to make paper bags could make them stronger substitutes for plastic bags but also suitable as biofuels feedstocks, according to a new study from Pennsylvania State University. (news release)

• In Ocean City, Maryland, some residents and representatives respond negatively to news that state legislators voted to quadruple offshore wind generation goals, citing concerns for the marine environment and fisheries. (WBOC)
• Some New Jersey Republicans are seeking donations while circulating petitions claiming offshore wind harms marine wildlife, despite federal agencies’ statements that there is no evidence to back the claim. (National Fisherman)

OIL & GAS: The estate of a woman killed in the gas explosion at a Pennsylvania chocolate factory sues the candymaker and gas utility, calling the worker’s death preventable amid reported gas odors. (Delaware County Daily Times)

AFFORDABILITY: Eversource files to slash summer seasonal rates by up to 20% compared to last summer for its Massachusetts residential natural gas customers, citing a strong drop in global prices and demand. (Eagle Tribune)

CLEAN ENERGY: A Pennsylvania advocacy group publishes a new map providing a county-by-county account of the number and type of renewable energy projects across the state. (ABC 27)

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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.