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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: As electric vehicle adoption slowly reduces the amount of money collected for highway funding via fuel taxes, Maine lawmakers strike a deal to earmark part of the vehicle sales tax for the fund. (Portland Press Herald)

• New Jersey officials question how to fill the hole in its road maintenance fund currently supported by the gasoline tax as electric vehicles become more common. (NorthJersey.com)
• Massachusetts lawmakers acknowledge numerous issues still plague the state’s electric vehicle charging stations, but tensions within the relevant joint committee make legislating on the matter challenging. (State House News Service)

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• A federal accountability office plans to examine how New Jersey’s offshore wind industry impacts the environment and different ocean stakeholders, like commercial fishers and the military. (Asbury Park Press)
The University of Rhode Island and federal officials agree to a five-year partnership studying the offshore wind industry’s impact on marine ecosystems and coastal human communities. (news release)

GAS: Eight Baltimore community organizations intend to sue the local utility over a gas pipeline project that will add gas regulators outside of their homes, leading to safety, aesthetic and cost concerns. (Baltimore Sun, subscription)

• Maryland’s governor announces plans to resurrect an east-west transit line plan in Baltimore, but doesn’t detail whether it will be a rapid bus or train line. (Washington Post)
• Plans for free subway and ferry fares during a scheduled highway tunnel closure don’t assuage concern among some East Boston residents; one noted the difficulty emergency services will have accessing the community. (NBC Boston)
• Pittsburgh releases data showing relatively few injuries among riders of the city’s e-scooter service, but those who were hurt often had serious or life-threatening issues. (Next Pittsburgh)

• In Philadelphia, a solar training program for high school students loses its hands-on instructional time after their school building shutters due to the discovery of damaged asbestos. (WHYY)
• In New York City, the roof of a grocery distributor in one of the Bronx’s most environmentally overburdened areas now hosts the borough’s largest community solar project. (Bronx Times)
• A 91-acre parcel originally slated for a mixed-use housing complex in Ithaca, New York, may now host a 5 MW solar farm developed by Nexamp. (Ithaca Voice)
• A New Hampshire council allocates almost $1 million in federal funds to four solar projects set to benefit 61 low-to-moderate-income households. (New Hampshire Bulletin)
• A New York town passes new local laws related to solar project siting and battery storage policies amid residential anxiety over a planned 350 MW solar farm. (Lockport Union-Sun & Journal)

CLIMATE: Vermont’s microclimate-dependent maple sugaring industry saw uneven harvests this season, but some businesses are optimistic about next year despite the “existential threat of climate change.” (VT Digger)

COMMENTARY: A bill before the Maine legislature would help retain younger workers of the state’s offshore wind workforce, writes a young marine engineer whose studies focused on the industry’s development. (Portland Press Herald)

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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.