CLIMATE: New Jersey’s governor announces $50 million in new funds for a state program that buys homes in flood-prone neighborhoods, saying the state is “dealing with a new reality” amid climate change. (My Central Jersey)

ALSO:
A New Jersey city council considers measures to help mitigate the climate crisis, including electrifying its municipal vehicle fleet and increasing local solar adoption. (New Jersey Hills Media Group)
As average winter temperatures rise, businesses relying on visitors to the Northeast’s tallest peak will see less snow and face higher costs to artificially provide enough powder for winter sports. (Boston.com)

AFFORDABILITY:
National Grid wants ratepayers to help pay for massive cost overruns on a widely unpopular Rhode Island liquefied natural gas facility, but advocates say it’s unjustifiable. (Providence Journal, subscription)
PPL Electric customers in Pennsylvania will see a 38% rate hike beginning June 1, which the company said was the largest residential increase to their default rate since it was introduced in 2006. (Scranton Times-Tribune)
Connecticut’s attorney general worries that Eversource’s plan to have its customers fund a $620 million smart meter rollout will exceed what people can afford to pay for a utility bill increase. (CT Post)

EFFICIENCY: New Hampshire utility regulators confirm a three-year plan to spend $223.7 million on seven efficiency programs that tackle projects including weatherization and appliance upgrades. (New Hampshire Bulletin)

UTILITIES: Although it saw low residential ratepayer satisfaction scores, the Long Island Power Authority says PSEG Long Island is eligible to receive nearly $10 million in bonus compensation. (WSHU)

SOLAR:
New York is sued by roughly a dozen towns in Schoharie County over new solar farm taxation policies they say give developers too large of a tax break. (Times Union)
Construction begins on a nearly 9 MW floating solar array that will be installed on a New Jersey water treatment facility’s reservoir, reportedly the second such floating farm in the state. (PV Magazine)
National Grid says it will provide $750,000 of the $5.9 million needed for a 3.2 MW floating solar array being developed on a municipal reservoir in Cohoes, New York. (Times Union)

GAS: Pennsylvania House members approve several bills to boost statewide fossil fuel energy production and recede the power of the regional Delaware River Basin Compact to regulate the river. (northcentralpa.com)

GEOTHERMAL: A small central Massachusetts college intends to go carbon-neutral by 2030, in part through the adoption of a geothermal heating and cooling system. (MassLive)

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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.