CARBON PRICING: In Pennsylvania, coal plant owners and other industry stakeholders file a lawsuit calling the state’s entrance into the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative “patently unlawful.” (Associated Press)

ALSO:
Pennsylvania’s entrance into the newly instituted RGGI regional carbon pricing market will create a carbon marketplace that will let power plant owners and cooperating states buy carbon emissions credits, a reporter explains. (NBC Philadelphia)
When Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf leaves office next year, experts wonder whether the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative will stick around. (E&E News, subscription)

CLIMATE:
Several climate-mitigating bills in Connecticut likely won’t be considered until after state lawmakers nail down the budget. (CT Mirror)
A Boston nature center reaches net-zero status and a Massachusetts university pledges to do so by 2032. (WCVB, MassLive)
A rise in deadly cyanobacteria blooms harming New Hampshire’s waterways is likely attributable to rising overall temperatures and nutrient runoff. (WMUR)
Warming temperatures mean Maine might be able to start successfully growing peaches. (News Center Maine)
Burlington, Vermont, has seen its emissions fall 12.5% below its established baseline set in 2018, even though emissions rose 1.5% between 2020 and 2021. (WAMC)

FINANCE: Leaders of New York City’s public pension funds say they will generally favor fossil fuel divestment-related resolutions during shareholder meetings with top banks this week. (Reuters)

SOLAR:
As major clean energy projects wither in New England, small-scale residential rooftop solar installations are helping states reach their emissions and energy goals. (E&E News)
Students at a Massachusetts school successfully petition their administration to install rooftop solar panels. (PV Magazine)

GAS:
New York regulators are three months behind in issuing a decision on whether to approve a permit for a gas-fired power plant that will support cryptocurrency mining in the Finger Lakes. (Gothamist)
New Jersey officials will host an online public hearing tonight on a sewage commission’s plan to construct a gas-fired peaker plant in an environmentally overburdened community to support its operations. (Associated Press)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
Pennsylvania transportation officials need to file an outline of their plan to spend federal electric vehicle charging infrastructure money by August 1, and public comments are still open. (Lehigh Valley Live)
Bangor, Maine, will spend part of a $50,000 state grant award for electric vehicle chargers at public places like the local library. (Bangor Daily News)

GRID: Two Conservation Law Foundation officials are concerned the New England grid operator and Massachusetts’ utilities aren’t doing enough to fight climate change. (Commonwealth Magazine)

OFFSHORE WIND: As a New Bedford, Massachusetts, port redevelops to support the burgeoning offshore wind industry, local colleges are keen to train the employees who will fill thousands of new jobs. (WPRI)

EDUCATION: Maine lawmakers approve $2 million to support climate education for children in kindergarten through 12th grade. (WMTW)

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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.