CLIMATE: Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker introduces a $3.5 billion stimulus bill aiming to “reimagine” downtown areas, with an emphasis on climate and clean energy projects and workforce development. (MassLive)

ALSO:
New Jersey releases a new tool predicting how much rain municipalities will see under different climate and weather scenarios; meanwhile, a new report highlights how the state is getting warmer and wetter. (NJ Spotlight)
Maine researchers say the state should use less rock salt as the climate crisis brings more frequent melt-freeze winter cycles. (Maine Public Radio)
New England researchers look for an environmentally responsible way to grow a type of seaweed that cows can eat to reduce their methane emissions. (WBUR)
A new federal study finds that climate change is diminishing the foraging opportunities of certain Gulf of Maine seabirds. (E&E News)

GAS:
A Rhode Island energy board rejects an energy company’s request to skip a full environmental review of a plan to expand its propane storage operations. (Boston Globe)
Some residents of an environmentally overburdened Newark, New Jersey, neighborhood fight plans to develop a gas-fired power plant, pointing to three similar nearby facilities, an incineration plant and transportation emissions from an airport and a port. (NJ Advance Media)
A nonprofit tracks air quality improvements in states including Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey, where diesel emission reduction strategies seem to be working but communities of color are still overburdened with pollution. (York Dispatch, City Limits, NJ Advance Media, NJ Spotlight)

TRANSPORTATION:
Maryland’s governor considers a bill to form a commission to study new public transit governance and funding models and potentially give local governments more power over projects. (Daily Record)
Businesses in Cambridge, Massachusetts, worry a bike lane ordinance will limit parking for their customers. (Boston.com)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
Officials in New Jersey announce $21 million for climate mitigation projects, including the purchase of 16 municipal electric trucks. (Associated Press)
A Vermont company takes its under-development electric plane for a 133-mile one-way trip. (Valley News)

SOLAR:
In Baltimore, plans are underway to develop an 8 MW community solar array to provide discounted electricity to both low-to-moderate-income city residents and certain University of Maryland Medical System employees. (WMAR)
A solar developer leases a Massachusetts parking lot for a solar farm. (Cape Cod Times)
Construction ends on a nearly 1 MW rooftop solar array on an industrial warehouse-operations facility in southeastern Pennsylvania. (news release)

EDUCATION: Pennsylvania releases roughly $633,000 in environmental grants to support environmental education for youth and adults, primarily in environmental justice communities. (news release)

AFFORDABILITY: In New York, Ulster County officials institute a countywide sales tax holiday on gasoline and diesel fuel that costs over $2.00 per gallon. (Daily Freeman)

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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.