OIL & GAS: Two companies announce they’ll build what they say will be the country’s largest food waste-to-biogas facility on Long Island. (S&P Global)

COAL: Maryland regulators allow Potomac Edison to buy out and end its contract with the Warrior Run coal-fired power plant seven years early, a move slated to save customers almost $80 million on their utility bills. (Daily Record)

• With support from the governor and the state’s solar industry, the Maine Senate advances a bill to reduce solar subsidies that have driven utility bill affordability concerns. (Bangor Daily News)
• The University of Delaware is one of five universities to receive federal funding to develop cadmium telluride solar cells that are less expensive but more efficient than current cells. (news release)

• Two different offshore wind bills face potential vetoes from Maine’s governor because of included labor provisions she doesn’t favor. (Maine Public Radio)
• South Fork Wind finishes the installation of the project’s substation foundation near Long Island’s East End. (Long Island Business News)

HYDROGEN: As Pennsylvania vies for federal hydrogen funding and works to reroute some oversight from federal to state hands, some lawmakers and environmentalists fear the state could endanger communities. (Spotlight PA)

HYDROELECTRIC: Maryland environmental officials meet with the Conowingo Dam’s former operator and several environmental groups as the state determines what pollution mitigation measures to impose on the dam. (Bay Journal)

GRID: Virtual power plants are poised to deliver a real grid impact this summer as states across the country, including Vermont, build networks of small battery storage systems. (Inside Climate News)

BUILDINGS: Massachusetts’ new green bank focused on energy-efficient affordable housing could deliver significant benefits to the Berkshires. (Berkshire Eagle)

• A public bus manufacturer announces it will end operations in Plattsburgh, New York, by 2025 and cease domestic production entirely, leaving local lawmakers and workers scrambling to fill the economic gap. (WCAX)
• Bangor, Maine, receives almost $8 million in federal transportation funds to renovate its bus depot to allow electric bus charging. (Mainebiz)

UTILITIES: After the Rochester, New York, council approved a study into public utility formation, the county executive says he doesn’t support the move because it’s “an extremely complex issue … beyond the scope of Monroe County.” (Rochester First)

• Berlin, Maryland, votes to create the state’s first official electrical line worker program, a move the town’s electric utility director says would expand grant and training opportunities. (The Dispatch)
• The DC Green Bank’s next chief executive officer will be a senior decarbonization policy director with the Biden administration. (news release)

EFFICIENCY: Maine’s legislature considers a phase-out of fluorescent light bulbs and a ban on mercury-added ones. (WGME)

• Economists with the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a French university publish a study finding that the renewable energy transition will result in larger losses for the wealthiest citizens in high-income countries more so than everyone else. (BBC Science Focus)
• New York regulators authorize roughly $25 million in additional funds for Central Hudson Gas & Electric’s high-demand heat pump installation program. (Daily Freeman)

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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.