COAL: Pennsylvania officials eye a potentially massive bill for cleaning up former mine lands in the northeast area of the state, but note the economic growth that could come with reclamation. (Center Square)

GRID:
• A district court judge sets a tentative April date for the start of the trial to determine whether New England Clean Energy Connect established vested rights in its controversial power corridor before a voter referendum was held to block it. (Portland Press Herald)
• Green Mountain Power looks to almost double its battery storage capacity in Vermont through projects in six separate towns. (WCAX)

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AFFORDABILITY:
• New England’s governors want Congress to add at least $500 million in emergency aid to a federal low-income heating assistance program to help offset energy bills expected to be unaffordable for many this winter. (NBC Boston)
• Maine regulators approve a gas supply cost hike that will roughly double the cost for the average household serviced by Summit Natural Gas, which is separately seeking a distribution rate increase. (Portland Press Herald)

SOLAR:
• In New York City, developers discuss the hurdles of building Manhattan’s largest rooftop solar project: a just-under-1 MW array coupled with a 3.5 MW battery system on top of a major convention center. (Canary Media)
• A Japanese clothing company completes a 3.4 MW rooftop solar array on top of its New Jersey distribution center. (news release)

CLIMATE:
• As New England ocean temperatures have risen, so too has the wintertime survival odds of an invasive crab that could destroy local ecosystems. (WCVB)
• Pennsylvania announces its first sustainability summit, which will focus on topics including energy conservation, climate change impacts, electric vehicle incentives and building performance. (news release)

PIPELINES: Pennsylvania notifies a gas company constructing a pipeline under a Lycoming County creek that they have violated erosion and sediment regulations at the site. (Penn Live Patriot-News)

OFFSHORE WIND: Amid a regional energy crisis, New Hampshire officials say they’re carefully evaluating the state’s offshore wind power generation potential. (Portsmouth Herald)

CLEAN ENERGY: A Massachusetts’ town’s municipal power utility signs a contract that increases residents’ green power option from 11% to 30% renewable energy. (Patch)

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BIOFUEL: Years after becoming fully operational, a western Massachusetts biodiesel plant secures enough funding to actually begin fuel production this week. (New England Public Media)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• New Jersey environmental officials announce a plan to construct new electric vehicle charging stations at six state parks and forests. (NJ Spotlight)
• In Baltimore, a local newspaper details how to safely store and charge an electric battery after an electric bike caught fire in an apartment building garage. (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.