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CLIMATE: Pennsylvania’s entrance into the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative hits another roadblock, this time from a state court blocking officials from publishing the policy. (Associated Press)

ALSO: Warming winters are leading to less tree sap for New York and New Jersey maple syrup producers — and what they do bottle is becoming less sweet. (Gothamist)

COAL: The owners of Pennsylvania’s Homer City Generating Station decide to continue fully operating the coal-fired facility, which generates enough power to electrify 2 million homes, reversing its earlier decision. (Tribune-Democrat, Indiana Gazette)

CRYPTOCURRENCY: Concerned with cryptocurrency’s energy-hungry nature, New York legislators introduce what appears to be the country’s first moratorium on new air permits for cryptomining operations. (Popular Science)

GRID:
New York’s grid operator has 12 GW of energy storage projects in its interconnection queue, double what it needs to meet its 2030 storage goal. (Energy Storage News)
Construction begins on a New York City microgrid that would provide 20 MWh of clean electricity to residents of a Brooklyn neighborhood during outages. (BK Reader)
Much of Maine’s grid was built decades ago and, as the climate warms and severe storms increase, state residents are seeing at least a 50% uptick in outage durations despite higher interruption costs. (Associated Press)

AFFORDABILITY:
PSEG Long Island spends just under $45,000 on ads targeting customers falling behind on utility bill payments, and over $1 million to tout its clean energy bona fides. (Newsday)
AARP New York and the Public Utility Law Project want state legislators to earmark at least $500 million in utility payment assistance for the over 330,000 people falling behind on rising bills. (NY1)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Connecticut lawmakers look to pass two efficiency bills before the legislative session ends: one that would offer electric vehicle-related rebates and another related to truck emissions standards. (WSHU)

SOLAR: A Maine planning board approves a 2 MW solar array on a parcel of land surrounded by retail developments. (Bangor Daily News)

OFFSHORE WIND:
A New York development agency opens a request for proposals for a 33-acre coastal property on New York’s Staten Island that could become an offshore wind hub. (SILive.com)
A Rhode Island legislative committee may strip the appointed council of a coastal decision-making agency of its authority and hand it to agency staff instead. (Providence Journal)

CLEAN ENERGY: Rhode Island’s Office of Energy Resources, which has no staff and is supported by another state agency, may see some funding through Gov. Dan McKee’s proposed budget. (Center Square)

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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.