BUILDINGS: A Massachusetts program has exceeded its heat pump worker training projections in its first year, but will need to keep growing to help meet the state’s 2050 net-zero goal. (Energy News Network)

• Vermont state senators give preliminary approval to a clean building heat standard — likely the biggest piece of climate legislation this session — with a final chamber vote scheduled for today. (Vermont Public Radio)
• Some Rhode Island home builders say green features like rooftop solar panels are more popular than ever. (Providence Business News)
• A Boston office building takes steps to become one of the largest-ever “passive design” buildings. (WBUR)

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• Deer ticks are becoming more active in the Northeast throughout the year as winter temperatures rise, and entomology labs are seeing significantly more samples for testing. (WBUR)
• A Maine conservation group plans to purchase an old oceanside golf course and restore it to coastal habitat, aiming to improve climate resiliency and protect threatened species. (Bangor Daily News)
• Seasonal allergy sufferers in Delaware may see symptoms start earlier and linger longer because of the mild conditions brought by climate change. (News Journal)

• Climate advocates begin making their case in a lawsuit alleging New Jersey failed to instate regulations to help the state meet its greenhouse gas reduction goals. (NJ Spotlight)
• U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island came down hard on climate skeptics at a recent budget committee hearing focused on the cost of sea level rise. (E&E News, subscription)
• A new regional response program aiming to strengthen New England’s climate resiliency now includes every state in the region as New Hampshire opts to participate. (New Hampshire Bulletin)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A New York school district worries about the cost of meeting the state’s electric school bus adoption mandate — and whether the vehicles will be able to meet daily mileage needs. (Auburn Citizen)

OIL & GAS: Pennsylvania is the only gas-drilling state that doesn’t apply a severance tax to the industry, but legislators are reviving the debate to impose one. (WHTH)

• Pennsylvania legislators hear experts explain why PJM Interconnection saw reliability problems during a December 2022 storm and implore them to update energy policies. (State Impact Pennsylvania)
• Partially approving ISO New England’s aggregated distributed energy resources plan, federal energy regulators say the grid operator “needs to roll up its sleeves” to open markets to behind-the-meter DERs. (Utility Dive)

• Some Maryland lawmakers want to require equity considerations be incorporated in any future transit projects or programs. (Maryland Matters)
• Negative budget predictions in Washington, D.C., may jeopardize the city’s plan to make bus rides fare-free. (DCist)

SOLAR: A Vermont college breaks ground on an on-campus solar farm that has frustrated abutting landowners. (Middlebury Campus)

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WORKFORCE: A New York City college that received $566,000 last year from the state to help train future offshore wind workers is using the money to create a renewable energy systems lab and equip three other labs. (SI Live)

COMMENTARY: A New York City professor sees public buses as the near-term solution to various public transit woes in his city and around the country. (The Conversation)

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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.