SOLAR: A pair of Republican-sponsored bills in New Hampshire would slash the state’s net metering rates for utility customers who generate their own power, ahead of the release of a years-long study designed to determine a fair rate. (Energy News Network)

ALSO:
New York utility regulators authorize a blueprint for reaching a minimum of 10 GW of distributed solar projects in the state by 2030. (PV Magazine)
Vermont renewable energy leaders discuss how a pending federal investigation is directly and indirectly making it harder for them to order solar panels and complete projects. (VT Digger)

GRID:
Several New England senators decry “artificially high [power] prices” that the regional grid operator’s minimum offer price rule creates and the suppressive effect they say it has on renewable energy development. (PV Magazine)
A power surge in a Washington, D.C., neighborhood destroyed electrical, electronic and HVAC equipment in around 25 homes. (Axios DC)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
A suburban Philadelphia county will purchase 69 new electric vehicles and 22 new charging stations through a large state grant. (CBS Philly)
Pennsylvania is only 6% of the way toward its 2025 electric vehicle adoption goal but showed progress in other climate metrics, including reducing state agencies’ energy consumption by over 12%. (WHYY)

TRANSIT: Amtrak wants to make multi-billion-dollar repairs of and investments into Washington, D.C.’s Union Station and is using eminent domain to attempt to end other entities’ leases. (Washington Post)

GAS:
New York’s climate council decides to refer to “natural gas” as “fossil gas” going forward, a semantic move some say will properly define the energy resource. (Times Union)
A Philadelphia utility wants the state utility regulator to let it increase its gas distribution rate by 13% for suburban customers to raise funds to replace old cast iron pipelines. (WHYY)

CLIMATE:
New Jersey environmental groups issue a report finding the state will miss its climate goals if officials continue with several approved fossil fuel-fired projects and don’t increase regulations. (NJ.com)
A combination of major issues, including climate change and ‘forever chemical’ contamination, are making it harder than ever to be a successful farmer in Maine. (Bangor Daily News)
Some observers say that between recent climate analyses and Russia’s war squeezing gasoline prices, Pennsylvania has an opportunity to increase efficiency projects and renewable energy development. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)
Supporters of the conservation of a northern New Hampshire watershed say the project will mitigate climate change through carbon sequestration. (New Hampshire Public Radio)

AFFORDABILITY:
New York’s latest budget includes $250 million to cover overdue residential electric and gas bills, although those unpaid bills are expected to amount to $2 billion in the next month. (Newsday)
Maryland’s 30-day gas tax moratorium ended over the weekend, which the state had said would likely cause a $94 million revenue decline. (NBC Washington)

NUCLEAR: New York’s climate council should consider nuclear power projects as it drafts a scoping plan for climate action, clean power advocates argue. (Times Union)

HYDROGEN: With Connecticut among northeastern states interested in a hydrogen hub, stakeholders question what that looks like and how “green hydrogen” will be defined. (CT Mirror)

OFFSHORE WIND: Maine transportation officials will work with a new citizen advisory group to select a site for an offshore wind port. (News Center Maine)

FINANCE: A New England nonprofit teams up with a solar developer to offer loans to low-income Massachusetts and Rhode Island families who want solar panels on their homes. (news release)

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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.