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BUILDINGS: New York’s climate council votes in favor of a final scoping plan that includes phasing in electric or non-combustion heat pumps and systems in new homes by 2025, but building code amendments are needed. (Syracuse.com)

CLIMATE:
• The New York climate council’s final scoping plan also lays a blueprint for transitioning to a climate-neutral economy, calling for slashing greenhouse gas emissions and expanding clean energy and zero-emissions electricity. (The City)
• Massachusetts’ governor elect wants to bolster the state’s climate tech sector with major government investments and plans to make a top U.S. EPA official the state’s first climate chief. (Boston Globe, WBUR/State House News Service)
• New England’s consistent snowfalls have been replaced by heavier, sporadic storms, threatening the region’s economy. (Providence Journal)
• New York City creates a map that includes details about each tree in the city, a publication that helps underscore the plants’ climate mitigation potential. (Smart Cities)
• Maryland environmental officials face a lawsuit brought by local environmental nonprofits that say the state’s industrial stormwater permit doesn’t address increased rainfall from climate change. (Baltimore Sun)

PIPELINES: New York utility regulators may fine National Grid up to $16.2 million for “avoidable and unreasonable delays” in replacing a corroded gas pipeline in Brooklyn. (Crain’s New York)

OFFSHORE WIND: Federal officials publish a draft environmental impact statement for the two offshore wind projects off of Massachusetts collectively referred to as New England Wind. (news release)

SOLAR: Maine officials fine a solar developer for making unpermitted wetland changes and erosion control issues at the site of a 4.6 MW community solar farm. (Maine Public Radio)

GRID: Around 5,300 Mainers were still without power Tuesday morning as cleanup crews and utility workers were still working to restore services three days after a winter storm hit; another storm is expected on Friday. (PowerOutage.US, WMTW, NECN)

UTILITIES: Several New York lawmakers want Central Hudson Gas and Electric customer reimbursements following a new state report detailing “negligence” over the rollout of a faulty billing system. (Daily Freeman)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A New Hampshire newspaper answers basic questions around electric school buses as several state school districts are poised to adopt them. (Concord Monitor)

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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.