GRID: ISO New England begins studying how it can cut power sector emissions as critics say the grid operator has been slow to respond to states’ climate goals and make necessary reforms. (Energy News Network)

ALSO: Backlash grows against a New York utility seeking to end community choice aggregation, with the program’s administrating company questioning why the utility redacted much of its regulatory filing. (Daily Freeman)

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HEAT:
• East Coast states saw sweltering temperatures over the weekend, with Boston’s mayor declaring a heat emergency and opening splash parks early. (Washington Post, WCVB)
• Both Philadelphia and New York City are expected to see hotter, wetter summers than average this year, according to federal estimates. (WHYY, SILive)

CLIMATE:
• A Portland, Maine, startup works to create a natural carbon capture and sequestration system by growing immense beds of kelp on buoys. (CNN)
• Connecticut companies and communities consider composting to address food waste’s growing climate and disposal issues. (New Haven Register)
• A New York farm uses rotational grazing to reduce its climate impact, as well as installing solar panels, composting and adopting electric vehicles. (NBC 5)

AFFORDABILITY:
• Three New York lawmakers want to stop an already approved delivery rate increase for Central Hudson Gas & Electric, citing an ongoing utility billing practice investigation. (Daily Freeman)
• While state and federal energy assistance funds have helped keep the lights on in many homes, thousands of Mainers are still at risk of having their service shut off. (Portland Press Herald)

EFFICIENCY: Maine installed thousands of heat pumps last year, but one customer says a state incentive program for the technology doesn’t address several concerns for low-income families. (Maine Public Radio)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A Massachusetts city council accepts a large state grant to install nine electric vehicle chargers, but some question whether the industry needs subsidies. (MassLive, subscription)

OFFSHORE WIND: As offshore wind turbine blades become longer than ever, a Massachusetts clean energy testing center looks to physically expand to accommodate modern blades’ new size. (Commonwealth Magazine)

TRANSIT:
• Eight new police officers will be solely assigned to patrol bicycle lanes and ticket illegally parked cars in Philadelphia. (WHYY)
• In Washington, D.C., where cars are still the top way to get around, local cycling advocates discuss how to invest in and develop more protected bike lanes without further contributing to inequitable gentrification. (WTOP, StreetSense Media)

COMMENTARY: A Connecticut editorial board says teaching young students about climate change is vital to mitigating the crisis. (CT Post)

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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.