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COAL: Atlantic City Electric will shutter its last two operational coal-fired power plants in New Jersey by May 31, saying the move would save ratepayers up to $30 million. (Bloomberg Green)

SOLAR:
Washington, D.C.’s attorney general and the city’s public advocate file a complaint against utility Pepco, claiming it committed a “pattern of systemic violations” and may have overcharged more than 6,000 customers for community solar participation. (DCist/WAMU)
In New York City, a Bronx co-op building struggling to pay for structural maintenance finds its golden ticket in the form of a rooftop solar array. (Habitat)

PIPELINES: In Delaware, the Sussex County Council authorizes Eastern Shore Natural Gas to expand a facility’s gas pipeline capacity near homes and an elementary school, despite community pushback. (Delaware Public Media)

FOSSIL FUELS:
Yesterday’s announced settlement between a Pennsylvania liquified natural gas project and environmental groups may spell trouble for plans to build New Jersey’s first LNG export terminal. (NJ Spotlight)
Officials continue to clean up a heavy fuel oil spill detected earlier this month in New York’s Oswego Harbor, but won’t give an estimate of how much fuel was spilled. (NNY360)

EQUITY:
A recent report from Washington, D.C.’s public advocate finds that nearly a third of city residents live in an environmental justice community, and that two of the city’s most disenfranchised wards also have the highest energy burdens. (DC Line)
A new program in New York City supports Black-, Indigeneous-, people of color- or women-led small businesses and entrepreneurs focused on economic or climate inequity. (NBC New York)

EFFICIENCY:
Advocates say an efficiency standard passed by Maryland lawmakers earlier this week addresses an equity gap common in other states. (Utility Dive)
Two climate refugees decamp from California over wildfire concerns and end up in Rochester, New York, where they converted an old property into a net-zero home. (WXXI)

GRID: Developers pitch their offshore wind transmission projects to New Jersey utility regulation staff at a Tuesday hearing but say little about how the projects will affect consumer bills. (NJ Spotlight)

CLIMATE: A Maryland House committee will hold a hearing today on a major climate bill, which both legislative chambers need to pass before March 31 to have time to override a potential gubernatorial veto. (Maryland Matters)

GEOTHERMAL: A civic association in Woodstock, New York, asks the town board to consider applying for grant funding to study the feasibility of a community heat pump pilot program. (Daily Freeman)

COMMENTARY: Three Connecticut auto dealers claim the direct-to-consumer vehicle purchasing model being used to sell some electric vehicles can circumvent consumer protections applied at the dealer level. (Hartford Courant)

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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.