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UTILITIES: National Grid agrees to a settlement with Massachusetts’ attorney general promising state ratepayers won’t be billed for the cost of selling its Rhode Island power utility to a Pennsylvania corporation. (Providence Business First)

CLIMATE: Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan signals he may veto a climate bill setting new carbon reduction targets, but the state Assembly should have time to override him. (Baltimore Sun)

BIOMASS: Massachusetts officials consider limiting which of the state’s wood-burning facilities qualify for clean energy subsidies while also weakening environmental justice protections that were included in an earlier policy proposal. (WBUR)

AFFORDABILITY:
New Jersey officials appear poised to release a cost estimate for the state’s clean energy transition after two years of preparation. (NJ Spotlight)
A trade association study finds that when New Jersey cut its gasoline tax in October 2021, the in-state price of a gallon didn’t change for three days but then rose 7% by the end of that month. (NJ Advance Media)
A New York City apartment building fears its utilities will be shut off after learning the landlord hasn’t been paying the Con Edison bill. (News 12)

GRID: New York City Mayor Eric Adams started promoting cryptocurrencies and the blockchain long before he took office, but numerous critics warn of the transactions’ massive energy consumption and its impact on carbon reduction goals. (Gothamist)

FOSSIL FUELS: Some striking workers at New York City’s United Metro Energy oil terminal say the company risks an oil spill by hiring temporary workers that aren’t certified for the job. (New York Focus)

SOLAR:
New York’s grid operator hit a new solar record on March 22, when behind-the-meter solar production reached 2,328 MW for the first time. (S&P Global)
A small Maine town will vote this weekend on a solar zoning ordinance that would permit projects up to 10 acres, potentially upending plans for a 180-acre array. (WMTW)
New York’s Niagara County passes a resolution to require companies at all levels of the solar panel supply chain operating in their area to file panel recycling plans to preempt future waste concerns. (Lockport Union-Sun & Journal)
A developer wants to build a 2 MW community solar array beside a retail development near Bangor, Maine. (Bangor Daily News)
A 6.1 MW solar array in North Stonington, Connecticut, could provide up to $9.4 million in energy savings over two decades for the five Connecticut State Colleges and Universities campuses offtaking its power. (news release)

TRANSIT: The Vermont state Senate’s transportation committee considers making some permanent cuts to Green Mountain Transit’s public bus schedule and routes. (VT Digger)

OFFSHORE WIND: Maine transit officials will form an offshore wind port facility advisory group to help the state rapidly scale up the industry. (Mainebiz)

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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.