OFFSHORE WIND: Ørsted and three environmental advocacy groups agree on protections for an endangered whale species during the build-out and operation of the 130 MW South Fork Wind farm off Long Island. (Associated Press)

ALSO: In New Jersey, Atlantic City clam fishers could lose up to a quarter of their revenue as  offshore wind farms force them to operate in more restricted areas, according to two new studies. (NJ Spotlight)

GAS: A new study finds that almost all natural gas samples collected from Boston-area homes tested positive for nearly two dozen toxic chemicals, including a carcinogen. (Inside Climate News)

BUILDINGS: Massachusetts energy officials file draft regulations to update the state’s building codes with an opt-in net-zero building performance standard, but some say the proposed rules don’t do enough. (RTO Insider, subscription)

UTILITIES: As a pro-consumer-owned utility group in Maine draws closer to collecting enough signatures for a ballot measure, other groups supported by an incumbent utility work for their own referendum. (Maine Beacon)

GRID: A new draft study outlines steps New Jersey should take to reduce the severity of its interconnection queue delays, including codifying who pays for grid upgrades. (NJ Spotlight)

CLIMATE:
New York City council members want the city’s parks department to expedite new tree planting in climate justice communities. (City Limits)
Invasive species are more easily able to spread on New York’s and Vermont’s Lake Champlain because of milder winters and less snow runoff attributed to climate change, environmental monitors find. (VT Digger)
An analysis by two news outlets finds that rising temperatures are connected to the growing length of allergy season in New Jersey. (NJ Spotlight)

TRANSIT:
New York collectively awards $178.8 million to municipalities across the state, primarily environmental justice communities, to improve walkability and bikeability. (news release)
Some civic leaders in Baltimore want the city to take advantage of available federal funds to overhaul and revamp its transit system. (Maryland Matters)
More and more Maine ocean users, from oystercatchers to harbormasters, are reaching out to boat companies about electric options, according to a coastal economy research group. (News Center Maine)

SOLAR:
New York regulators will meet this week for a hearing over a planned 180 MW solar array in northern New York. (NNY360)
A low-income co-op building in New York City looks to community solar to meet its emissions goals and avoid fines from the city. (Habitat)
A New Jersey public school system installs 1.84 MW of solar arrays across its rooftops, which should save nearly $1 million in energy costs over the next decade and a half. (news release)

AFFORDABILITY: U.S. Rep Andy Harris says Maryland should suspend its gasoline tax through the end of 2022, but that the federal gasoline tax should remain in place. (Baltimore Sun)

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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.