UTILITIES: Massachusetts officials propose policy solutions to address a bureaucratic backlog that municipal leaders and clean energy advocates say is bogging down community choice aggregation — one of the state’s top drivers of clean electricity purchases. (Energy News Network)


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COAL: Young people of color are fighting a coal terminal that blows coal dust around their south Baltimore neighborhood, building on the success of earlier peers who stopped a waste incinerator from being constructed. (NPR)

HYDROPOWER: A Pennsylvania city council will soon vote on whether to contract with a New England hydroelectric firm to build a facility to generate around 4,800 mWh annually. (Lehigh Valley Live)



  • A developer enters the next building phase of what will become a 900-unit neighborhood of net-zero, single-family homes in South Burlington, Vermont, that share a microgrid and have no fossil fuel equipment. (Seven Days)
  • Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York and Vermont join several other states to sue the U.S. EPA over claims of outdated wood stove regulations and lax oversight. (Oregon Capital Chronicle)
  • A Vermont housing nonprofit begins constructing its first duplex, utilizing panelized construction for greater energy efficiency. (Valley News)
  • The University of Vermont has converted its environmental and natural resources center into the college’s first net-zero building. (news release)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Maryland’s Howard County becomes the county with the third-most electric vehicle registrations in the state as more drivers make the switch. (Baltimore Sun)

FOSSIL FUELS: A group of landscapers sues Montclair, New Jersey, to stop a gas-powered leaf blower ban set to take effect in two weeks. (NorthJersey.com)

CLIMATE: A new study suggests that more carbon dioxide in the atmosphere will make Pennsylvania’s poison ivy leaves bigger and more toxic. (WESA)

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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.