CLIMATE: In New Hampshire, Dartmouth College touts its emissions reductions and efficiency projects, but critics say the school is one of the state’s largest emitters and needs to decarbonize more urgently. (Energy News Network)

ALSO:
• A new report issued by University of Massachusetts, Boston, details what the city and its surrounding towns should expect as climate change continues, from weather-related deaths to fewer heritage foods. (WBUR)
• New York’s wealthiest people are able to afford leaving the city during the hottest days of the summer despite better access to cooling and green spaces compared to the poorest communities. (New York Times)

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EQUITY:
• Vermont’s governor enacts the state’s first environmental justice law, which calls for building a new environmental burden mapping tool, among other policies. (VT Digger)
• Environmental groups and lawmakers urge New York’s governor to sign a bill to give the state more control over highly polluting facility locations, with hopes of serving environmental justice to overburdened communities. (The City)
• In Washington, D.C., several schools and a detention facility lack functioning air conditioning despite high heat. (DCist)

AFFORDABILITY:
• Maine’s public advocate criticizes a gas utility’s proposal to raise rates 200% over seven years. (The Forecaster)
• New York’s gas tax holiday begins today amid 60% higher prices year over year. (Democrat & Chronicle)
• Record-high gasoline prices in Massachusetts plateaued over the holiday weekend. (Sentinel & Enterprise)

SOLAR:
• New England’s grid saw its lowest power demand ever on May 1, which the operator believes was due to over 4,000 MW of generated behind-the-meter solar power. (POWER Magazine)
• As some northern New York cities see their power bills drop 10% on average after forming community solar programs, more communities are interested in forming their own. (NNY360)
• A Maryland bill would exempt some community solar projects from certain property taxes to encourage low-income community solar projects; another would expand net metering to 5 MW. (news release)

TRANSPORTATION:
• Maryland transit officials tell suburban Washingtonians how they plan to get the long-delayed Purple Line up and running within four years. (Bethesda Beat)
• New York regulators should do more to regulate and electrify medium-to-heavy-duty trucks, environmentalists and consumer advocates say. (Utility Dive)
• A driver shortage coupled with a new federal training mandate have left Maine’s largest cities ill equipped to operate their bus lines. (Maine Public Radio)

UTILITIES: Despite PPL Corp.’s  settlement with the state attorney general, Rhode Island activists want more evidence that the utility will retain the environmental and consumer commitments previously made by Narragansett Electric, which PPL just purchased. (Providence Business News)

WIND: Mayflower Wind merges its two planned offshore wind projects off Massachusetts into one facility called the SouthCoast Project. (news release)

CLEAN ENERGY: A vertical farming company develops a new smart farm powered entirely by renewable energy in a southeastern Pennsylvania city. (news release) 

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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.