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CLIMATE: Residents of a predominantly Black area of New York City fight the city’s plan to rezone parts of a flood-prone neighborhood and build climate-resilient apartment buildings. (The City)

ALSO:
Rising ocean temperatures may be limiting food sources for endangered right whales in the Gulf of Maine, likely driving them elsewhere. (News Center Maine)
An environmental nonprofit in Massachusetts releases a new website to monitor how much progress the state makes to reach its net-zero and climate goals. (State House News Service)

UTILITIES:
Claims that some Connecticut utilities filed new legal claims against those struggling to afford their bills during the earlier days of the pandemic are misleading, the utilities’ spokespersons say. (CT Post)
A Maryland utility used some customers’ payments to fund a dark money group that supported former President Donald Trump’s political goals. (E&E News)

FOSSIL FUELS:
Some Connecticut gasoline station owners say state lawmakers didn’t consider that they will need to pay taxes on gas delivered up until the state’s tax holiday begins, but then won’t be able to recover that cost from customers. (CT Mirror)
The Pennsylvania legislature’s energy committee hears from oil, gas and manufacturing representatives who say the pandemic and foreign conflicts should push the state to expand energy production. (Pittsburgh Business Times)
Pennsylvania lawmakers try to vote down another legislative attempt at ending the governor’s decision to enter into the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, among other energy-related proposals. (Morning Call)

PIPELINES: New Jersey’s top court contemplates whether Tennessee Gas should’ve been allowed to intervene in a legal challenge against the utility’s gas compressor station project in the state. (NorthJersey.com)

GRID: In May, a Maine environmental protection board will hear a barrage of appeals against its earlier approval of Central Maine Power’s Clean Energy Connect transmission line. (Spectrum News)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
Maine’s first electric school bus went into service last year and has already exceeded fueling expectations, saving its district the equivalent of nearly 1,000 gallons of diesel fuel. (WABI)
Connecticut’s commercial real estate tenants increasingly want electric vehicle charging infrastructure on-site, according to one property management official. (CT Post)

SOLAR:
Voters in a Maine town consider signing a 25-year deal to power municipal facilities with solar energy at a lower rate than is currently paid. (Sun Journal)
Green Mountain Power will operate a 500 KW community solar array planned for Brattleboro, Vermont. (news release)

AFFORDABILITY: A Maine lawmaker introduces a bill to form a utility bill advisory council that would review rates and ensure they’re affordable for residents. (Associated Press)

COMMENTARY: A resident of Johnston, Rhode Island, writes that local officials need to develop “effective regulation” for the numerous solar and wind projects being pitched in town. (ecoRI)

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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.