OIL & GAS: In Pennsylvania, a gas utility says a nonfunctioning heating unit and a blocked ventilation system at a daycare sent over 30 people — mostly children — to the hospital for carbon monoxide poisoning. (ABC News, Morning Call)

GRID:
• Sunrun announces that it used a virtual power plant consisting of residential solar and battery storage systems to power New England homes throughout the summer months — the first regional market to do so. (E&E News)
• Massachusetts utility regulators approve $472.47 million in grid modernization plans from three investor-owned utilities to help increase the amount of and integrate distributed energy resources. (NBC Boston)
• New Jersey utility officials propose new energy storage incentives, including fixed annual and pay-for-performance payments, to help reach the state’s goal of 2 GW of installed storage by 2030. (Utility Dive)
• Pennsylvania’s utility commission says the state’s electrical service saw a record number of disruptions last year, blaming the all-time high on downed trees and severe weather. (CNHI Pennsylvania)

FINANCE: A top credit ratings agency warns that Massachusetts’ economy is vulnerable to climate change, sea level rise and other coastal problems because of its reliance on the Atlantic coast. (Commonwealth Magazine)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• Some Maine Republican legislators opposing incentives for heat pumps and electric vehicles claim the discounts only benefit wealthy residents, to the detriment of poor residents. (News Center Maine)
• A central New Jersey township’s parking lot will install five pay-as-you-go municipal vehicle charging stations. (CentralJersey.com)

CLIMATE:
• In Rhode Island, the likelihood of human exposure to ground or river-bottom pollutants in historically industrial areas is rising as flooding and severe rain becomes more common. (Providence Journal)
• A carbon sequestration company expands its Maine laboratory to a much larger space in South Portland as it develops a fungal product to lock carbon into soil. (Mainebiz)

UTILITIES: A New York legislative commission’s report on the Long Island Power Authority’s potential conversion into a fully public utility should be issued by April, despite missing its first public hearing. (Newsday)

CLEAN ENERGY:
• A New Jersey manufacturing leader says the wind energy sector may supercharge his sector because many components could be locally made to construct a turbine. (ROI NJ)
• While some say NIMBYism was behind the demise of a Lake Ontario wind power project, one New York official says the issue is a lack of rural justice in the state’s electrification and decarbonization plan. (The Journal News)

TRANSIT:
• Two top Massachusetts lawmakers will seek more funds for Boston’s transit agency but say it can’t move forward without a leadership transition. (Commonwealth Magazine)
• Boston’s bikeshare program saw record ridership levels during a recent subway line shutdown, but officials attribute ongoing high weekend usage to leisure rides, tourists and weekend workers. (WBUR)

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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.