SOLAR: In New Jersey, one of North America’s largest capped landfills — and a former Superfund site — becomes a solar farm capable of powering more than 4,000 homes. (NJ Spotlight)

ALSO: Some central New York residents living near where a 200 MW solar farm will be built ask the state energy siting board to reconsider its approval. (Auburn Citizen)

UTILITIES: Advocates for a public takeover of Maine’s investor-owned utilities have secured enough valid signatures to put the question to voters in 2023. (Bangor Daily News)

BUILDINGS:
• New York City property managers and co-op boards examine how to avoid stiff fines for noncompliance once the city’s carbon cap goes into effect. (The City)
• In February, Maine will begin offering a commercial property assessed clean energy loan program to help commercial property owners afford efficiency and green energy projects. (Bangor Daily News)

OIL & GAS:
• Con Edison’s chairman explains during an investor meeting how the utility aims to shield its gas customers from the cost of widespread electrification. (S&P Global)
• Massachusetts’ clean heat commission recommends the state develop and institute a clean heat standard, but fails to agree on a timeline to transition from fossil fuel-fired heating equipment. (Commonwealth Magazine)
• New York’s climate council disagrees on proposed classifications of what tends to be referred to as ‘natural gas’ and ‘renewable natural gas.’ (RTO Insider, subscription)
• Some University of Pennsylvania students want the college to drop disciplinary proceedings against students who have participated in pro-divestment protests on campus. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

GRID:
• Construction begins on the $4.5 billion underground power line bringing 1.25 GW of hydroelectricity from Québec to New York City. (Times Union)
• A New Jersey development board votes to purchase Atlantic City Electricity to prevent supply chain delays as the utility builds out a transmission line between a wind port and the grid. (RTO Insider, subscription)
• As of 6:36 a.m., 26,600 Mainers were still without power — primarily in the Downeast region — following strong winds last evening. (PowerOutage.US, WMTW)
• Thousands of Massachusetts, New York and Pennsylvania homes lost power last night amid stormy conditions. (WCVB, CBS News New York, Indiana Gazette)

TRANSIT: As ridership continues flagging, New York City’s transit agency will raise fares and tolls by 5.5% in June to plug the resulting budget gap. (Gothamist)

HYDROELECTRIC: Many members of a Pennsylvania county council reconsider their financial support of the construction of several hydroelectric plants at three canals. (Morning Call)

CLIMATE:
• Officials at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in New Hampshire prepare to mitigate security risks to the facility posed by floodwaters and rising sea levels. (WMUR)
• A squad of vehicles drives around different New York cities with sensors collecting and measuring the accumulation of greenhouse gasses and air pollutants. (Inside Climate News)
• Climate Neutral certifies a family-owned Connecticut winery as ‘climate neutral’ after the vineyard bought carbon credits and drafted plans to install solar panels next year. (New Haven Register)
• Massachusetts’ governor-elect celebrates the state’s climate resiliency efforts during a visit with foreign dignitaries, who will be visiting a climate tech start-up. (Mass Live, WCVB)

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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.