CLIMATE: Burlington, Vermont, voters decide to let city officials create a carbon pollution impact fee that would be applied to new buildings heated with fossil fuels. (Vermont Public Radio)

• Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island has long championed climate causes, but has gained new authority and audiences with his new role as chair of the Senate Budget Committee. (New York Times)
• New Jersey climate advocates tell state environmental protection officials after a regulatory agenda briefing that they need to accelerate their carbon emissions reduction plans if they want to hit their climate goals. (NJ Spotlight)

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HYDROELECTRIC: A developer asks federal regulators to let it study whether it’s feasible to develop a $2.1 billion, potentially 8.56 GW hydroelectric dam along Pennsylvania’s Susquehanna River in York County. (York Dispatch)

• Pennsylvania’s governor says he wants his officials to use all available federal funds to cap orphaned and abandoned oil and gas wells, and urges his state to be a leader in a potential “regional hydrogen hub.” (Penn Live Patriot-News)
• In New York, National Fuel is encouraging customers to oppose gas bans through robocalls that improperly contextualize planned policies. (New York Focus) 

HYDROGEN: A joint project by Constellation and the U.S. Department of Energy achieves the first nuclear-fueled hydrogen production in the country at the Nine Mile Point nuclear station in New York. (news release)

UTILITIES: A Maine judge rejects a lawsuit brought by supporters of a pro-public-utility referendum that questions the validity of a separate ballot measure seeking to counteract their own. (Portland Press Herald)

• Connecticut plans to open two new zero-carbon energy procurements this year, including one specifically for offshore wind power, but hasn’t said how much it will seek. (CT Examiner)
• Opponents of a plan to change the New Hampshire agency in charge of siting new energy facilities in the state say the plan will reduce public participation in the process. (New Hampshire Bulletin)

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A U.S. House member representing New York City introduces legislation to form lithium-ion battery safety standards and prevent subpar products from entering the country. (Streetsblog)

SOLAR: A New York town board plans public hearings for two draft laws that would regulate where solar and battery energy storage projects are located. (Lockport Union-Sun & Journal)

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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.