CLIMATE: Warmer springs threaten the Boston area’s groundwater supply, potentially depleting drinking water supplies and harming agriculture and wildlife, according to a recent University of Massachusetts Boston study. (Boston Globe)

ALSO:
• Two federal climate scientists use an SUV outfitted with sensors to detect urban greenhouse gas hot spots in Baltimore and Washington, D.C. (Inside Climate News)
• New York financial regulators publish draft guidance around how banks and mortgage issuers should conduct their lending activities amid climate change. (E&E News)

BUILDINGS: The Massachusetts state legislature should use $300 million of the state’s federal pandemic relief funds to retrofit and decarbonize public housing and other municipal buildings, a coalition of advocacy groups says. (WBUR)

UTILITIES: A Central Maine Power-backed group files enough signatures but waits to be formally certified by the state to add a referendum on next year’s ballot directly competing with one to form a consumer-owned utility. (Maine Public)

COAL: CSX will make $115,000 in state penalties and payments to a local nonprofit to settle Maryland environment officials’ civil claims over a Baltimore coal facility explosion last year. (Baltimore Sun)

TRANSPORTATION Amtrak introduces a new train model to numerous routes throughout the Northeast that, among other features, are more fuel efficient and emit fewer particulate emissions. (news release)

GRID: In New York City, Staten Island residents and parishioners worry about potential health and safety consequences of converting an underused church parking lot into a lithium-ion battery storage facility. (SI Live)

SOLAR:
• A recently approved 2 MW solar farm in downeast Maine faces a permit appeal by nine neighbors who claim they weren’t sufficiently notified about the project. (Bangor Daily News)
• A proposed 750-acre solar array in New York would be sited on the winter habitat of several endangered, larger grassland birds. (Times Union)
• A Vermont town chooses not to intervene in the application process of a 4.13 MW solar array within its borders, throwing its support behind the project. (Valley News)
• A Pennsylvania township pushes back on a solar developer’s claim that it didn’t allow for enough public engagement when it amended its solar regulations. (News-Item)

AGRICULTURE:
• Vermont’s new draft rules around pesticide use don’t account for the agricultural impacts of climate change or encourage alternatives, environmentalists argue. (Vermont Public)
• Increasingly warmer, shorter winters in New Hampshire make it harder for the state’s blueberry crop to thrive. (NHPR)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• A New York village uses state grants to help replace older gas-powered municipal vehicles with three electric models to bolster against fluid fuel prices. (Newsday)
• A central Maine pharmacy transitions its fleet to all-electric vehicles to minimize emissions when delivering prescriptions. (news release)

AFFORDABILITY: Eversource tells regulators in Connecticut and Massachusetts that “the only thing that can bring prices down” is a larger natural gas supply. (WSHU)

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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.