CLIMATE: Maine is relying on outdated forestry data to determine its carbon neutrality metrics, making it difficult to determine whether more recent actions to reduce emissions are working. (Bangor Daily News)

ALSO:
• Most of Maine is using outdated flood maps that don’t account for extreme storms or sea level rise, while some areas don’t have a flood map at all. (Maine Monitor)
• New Hampshire dallies behind its New England neighbors in efforts to reach its climate goals, in large part because of its outdated climate mitigation plan and lackluster action. (Concord Monitor)
• In New York, a Staten Island news outlet gives an overview of how climate change is impacting the borough. (SI Live)

WIND: A massive wind farm proposed for northern Maine may be contingent on a potential cost-sharing agreement with Massachusetts. (Portland Press Herald)

FINANCE: New York’s public pension fund is one of the biggest investors in an Ohio coal plant via holdings in Blackstone Capital Partners VII. (The Lever)

BUILDINGS: New Jersey backs away from a plan to require electric conversions of gas boilers in certain buildings following bipartisan misgivings and business’ cost concerns. (NJ Advance Media)

GRID:
• The Jones Act, which requires American-made and -flagged boats and crews make transports between U.S. ports, is hurting New England’s ability to ship in lower-cost fuel, experts say. (Boston Globe)
• The director of a New York clean energy group discusses how interconnection challenges present hurdles for the state to reach its climate targets. (Spectrum News)
• A Vermont power company will soon start replacing a transmission line that brings energy from Canada into New England to improve safety and reliability. (VTDigger)

SOLAR: An upstate New York town board will vote this week on whether to instate a year-long moratorium on large-scale solar projects. (Daily Gazette)

CLEAN ENERGY: A Massachusetts man is sentenced to seven years in prison for fraudulently claiming about $50 million in tax-free grants earmarked for biofuel gasification or wind farm projects. (Associated Press)

OIL & GAS: Pennsylvania officials issue three orders to Equitrans Midstream in part because of “inadequate cooperation” and “numerous violations and emergent incidents” at the site of an 11-day gas leak. (Bloomberg)

TRANSIT:
• Massachusetts lawmakers begin examining how to make an East-West passenger rail service work, a potentially years-long process because of the private and federal entities that need to be involved. (Boston Herald)
• Boston’s green line extension will add four new stops in Somerville and several other destinations after it opens today after roughly two decades of advocacy. (Boston Herald)

BIOMASS: Both of Maine’s U.S. senators introduce federal legislation to quadruple an incentive for biomass stoves and boilers to help with home heating costs. (WABI)

AFFORDABILITY:
• A new Vermont program helps residents with upfront home weatherization costs through incentives, amortizing project costs via monthly utility bills and opting not to run credit checks. (VTDigger)
• Maine’s public advocate asks state utility commissioners to approve a $75 credit for people enrolled in a low-income assistance program. (Sun Journal)

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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.