GAS: Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf may allow a bill to pass that freezes the amount of bonds that fossil fuel companies need to have to plug abandoned wells, which environmentalists fear will slam the brakes on clean-up efforts. (Capital & Main)

ALSO:
Opponents of a controversial Massachusetts compressor station applaud a state adjudicator’s recommendation that regulators reconsider a vital permit. (WBUR)
Ithaca, New York, partners with a renewable energy company and a private equity firm to offer subsidized loans to property owners to swap out fossil fuel-based appliances for electric models. (WSKG)
In Pennsylvania, proposed legislation aims to increase transparency in the state’s oil and gas sector through updated reporting requirements around water, infrastructure and non-disclosure agreements. (Center Square)

EQUITY: Nearly 3,000 Massachusetts residents died in 2019 from air pollution, according to a new study, which notes that proximity to major roads and power plants increased the death rate. (Environment Health, WBUR)

CLIMATE:
Extreme heat is expected to threaten health and safety across numerous states this week starting today, including Connecticut, where existing drought conditions are hurting farm crops, and New York. (news release, New Haven Register, news release)
Vermont rejects a petition to draft and adopt new land management rules at a state park that supporters say would mitigate climate change via carbon sequestration by tightening timber harvesting regulations. (VT Digger)

WIND: Large-scale offshore wind farms aren’t likely to change nearby land surface temperatures or wind speeds with modern turbines, according to University of Delaware researchers. (E&E News, subscription)

SOLAR: In New York, energy developers meet with officials in a Finger Lakes town to pitch their less-than-5 MW solar farm plan, despite a local moratorium on new solar development. (Ithaca Voice)

HYDROGEN: Officials across the Northeast are clamoring to be part of a potential hydrogen hub, although no one is completely sure what that would look like. (Grist)

AFFORDABILITY: New Hampshire advocates say the state’s latest energy strategy doesn’t accurately incorporate the value of energy efficiency projects when evaluating how to keep costs low for consumers. (New Hampshire Bulletin)

GRID:
Federal energy regulators deny Niagara Mohawk Power’s request for a larger return on equity than was dictated in an earlier settlement agreement for a New York transmission line and statewide cost recovery. (Utility Dive)
Since installing a 23 MW gas- and solar-powered microgrid last year, officials with the Pittsburgh International Airport say the facility has saved over $1 million on energy costs. (Microgrid Knowledge)

WAVE POWER: New Jersey’s latest state budget includes $500,000 for a pilot program to study the potential for wave and tidal energy off the state’s coast. (Politico)

GEOTHERMAL: A geothermal company expands operations in Connecticut by opening up a new warehouse to help service hundreds of households on a waiting list to convert their homes’ heating systems. (CT Insider)

COMMENTARY: The Maine Climate Council’s youth representative writes that a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling limiting the EPA’s authority to regulate emissions means grassroots efforts will be key to mitigating climate change. (Portland Press Herald)

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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.