ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Rhode Island’s new electric vehicle adoption incentive program kicks off in a week; up to $2,500 will be available for those who buy or lease battery or fuel-cell vehicles. (WPRI)

ALSO: A New York-based school bus dealer begins building a $4.5 million facility to convert diesel school buses to electric. (Buffalo Business First)

FOSSIL FUELS: A Connecticut law that takes effect in July will require home heating oil to be blended with biodiesel, often created with used cooking oil. (NBC Connecticut)

UTILITIES: The operator of a Massachusetts power plant accused of failing to meet generation requirements despite accepting $100 million in payments asks a bankruptcy judge to approve a $43 million settlement with federal energy commissioners. (Reuters)

CLIMATE:
Federal officials attribute a growing mouse population boommost prevalent in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont and an associated uptick in lyme disease to climate change. (Associated Press/Report for America)
A flood-prone but popular Boston park is set to receive $1.6 million in federal funds for a climate mitigation initiative. (WCVB)

BUILDINGS:
In Washington, D.C., the D.C. Green Bank and the Latino Economic Development Center plan to collectively lend $1 million to help small businesses and organizations in underserved neighborhoods make efficiency upgrades. (Washington Business Journal)
At NASA’s Greenbelt, Maryland, space flight center, officials kick off $28.1 million worth of efficiency projects and retrofits to save the agency an estimated nearly $2 million in annual energy costs. (Environment + Energy Leader)

SOLAR:
A historic steel factory northwest of Pittsburgh reopens to build solar trackers for utility-scale arrays. (Beaver County Times)
In Baltimore, the National Aquarium installs a solar array shaped like a tree to help reach its net-zero goal. (Baltimore Fishbowl)

OFFSHORE WIND: Ørsted and a technology institute bring the first offshore wind farm simulator to the Mid-Atlantic to visualize what the first such facilities will look like off the coast. (CBS Baltimore)

CARBON CAPTURE: A planned $900 million carbon capture and storage project in central Pennsylvania lands its first outside investor. (Pittsburgh Business Times)

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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.