FOSSIL FUELS: A federal report shows the Northeast only has enough heating oil and gas reserves to get through two days. (State House News Service)

ALSO: A Pennsylvania home that exploded late last week, killing five people and displacing over two dozen, did not have gas service but did have a nearby gas main; neighbors repeatedly reported a gas odor. (Delco Times)

CLIMATE:
• As Vermont looks for ways to fight the climate crisis, its governor signs a law opening the state’s lower property tax rate for undeveloped land up to those conserving their property, not just harvesting trees. (VT Digger)
• Although air quality improved, the pandemic hardly moved the needle on New York City’s emissions, a new report finds. (The Architect’s Newspaper)
• New England medical professionals say they’re increasingly treating young patients for climate-related anxiety and mental health concerns. (New Hampshire Public Radio)
• Scientists are increasingly spotting Chesapeake Bay blue crabs in the warming waters of the Gulf of Maine. (Bangor Daily News)
• A draft solid waste management plan for New Hampshire includes climate mitigation proposals, such as installing solar panels on inactive landfills. (New Hampshire Public Radio)

TRANSIT:
• A New Jersey proposal to spend $15 million on electric school buses passes the state Assembly in the face of strong opposition from Republican lawmakers. (NJ Advance Media)
• Connecticut’s first universal electric car charging station is installed at a highway service plaza, with more slated for launch this summer. (CT Post)

GRID:
• The New England grid operator’s much-derided minimum offer price rule will stay in effect for two more years, federal officials decide. (WBUR)
• New York’s grid operator says it can meet peak summer demand this year but that its margins for next summer and beyond are “concerning.(S&P Global)

FOOD EMISSIONS:
• A northern New York town works through several issues that have risen since starting a compost drop-off program, part of its climate mitigation strategy. (NNY360)
• Boston launches an at-home compost pick-up service to help minimize food waste sent to landfills and related methane emissions. (Boston.com)

SOLAR:
• Vermont’s utility regulator rejects permits for two 2 MW solar farms proposed in Bennington, pointing to aesthetic concerns and current land conservation measures in the town plan. (Bennington Banner)
• Vermont solar developers say business is booming but could be better if net metering rates were more attractive for low-to-middle-income families. (Rutland Herald)

COMMENTARY:
• A controversial peaker plant would add to pollution in the Ironbound, raising questions of whether green energy can meet the sewage commission’s needs instead, a columnist writes. (Star-Ledger)
• A local climate activist applauds a Maine town’s decision to approve a climate action plan, one of the few municipalities in the state to do so. (SeaCoastOnline)

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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.