GRID: Power prices in PJM Interconnection and ISO New England surged in the first quarter, driven in part, experts say, by rising natural gas prices from increased LNG exports. (Utility Dive)

OFFSHORE WIND:
• A recent report and comments by a state official suggest the prospects for developing offshore wind in Delaware are improving. (Delaware Public Media)
• New York utility regulators change the cost allocation for offshore wind power transmission, meaning Long Island and other downstate ratepayers will no longer bear most of the burden (Newsday)

GAS:
• New York’s utility commission authorizes a new process for gas distribution system planning meant to balance safety, maintenance, and climate goals through no new major investments. (S&P Global)
• Voters in a Connecticut town will decide this month whether to keep an exclusive gas heating contract for two municipal buildings that also bars the use of any other heating source. (The Day)

NUCLEAR: The company decommissioning Massachusetts’ Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station says it won’t release radioactive wastewater into the Cape Cod Bay until it receives the opinion of an independent environmental expert. (Cape Cod Times)

SOLAR:
• State land use officials authorize construction of a $200 million solar farm in central Maine across 700 acres. (Associated Press)
• Documents indicate that about 50 households in Yarmouth, Massachusetts, provided down payments for solar installations to a developer that appears to have ceased operations. (Cape Cod Times)
• A capped landfill in a western Maine town may soon host a 1 MW community solar farm. (news release)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• New York City firefighters expect twice as many e-bike battery fires this year than last, with 70 already accounted for since January. (Gothamist)
• Construction begins on Rhode Island’s first electric bus in-line charging station, which will power a popular route between Providence and Pawtucket. (WPRI)
• In Maine, Acadia National Park officials work to install electric vehicle chargers at two campgrounds in the next two years. (Bangor Daily News)

CLIMATE:
• A popular New York City park will be gutted while workers make the space more climate resilient, a goal that local leaders embrace but nevertheless leaves them worried about available green space until work concludes. (The City)
• In New York’s Hudson Valley, residents address their thoughts and concerns over the state’s draft climate plan at a local meeting. (Times Union)

WEATHERIZATION: A Philadelphia family needing to make substantial repairs to their father’s home before he would be eligible for weatherization assistance exemplifies a nationwide issue. (NPR)

CLEAN ENERGY: Pennsylvania grants $500,000 grants to four entities to bolster clean energy workforce development opportunities. (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.