CLIMATE: A Pennsylvania judge approves an injunction against the state’s entrance into a regional carbon pricing program, ruling in favor of fossil fuel interests claiming it’s a tax that requires legislative approval. (Penn-Live Patriot News, Associated Press)

Massachusetts is one of the few states without a state climatologist, with observers criticizing the lack of funding for what should be a key position for evaluating climate data. (Boston Globe)
In Boston, a proposed flooding mitigation plan would install floating biomass mats to slow down storm surge, as well as provide paths for pedestrians and bicyclists. (NBC Boston)

EFFICIENCY: Connecticut energy officials expect to see over double their return on investment in a $708 million energy efficiency plan targeting the homes with the largest overdue utility bills and the most frequent service shutoffs. (Utility Dive)

Starting in September, a Maryland county will use a microgrid powered by solar canopies to charge up its electric buses. (Washington Post)
As Massachusetts anxiously awaits to hear of the fate of Central Maine Power’s power line corridor in the courts, some observers wonder whether a proposed northern Maine transmission project could fill in the gap. (Bangor Daily News)

In New Hampshire, a new law intends to help support development of community solar projects benefiting low-to-moderate-income families who can’t install their own panels. (New Hampshire Public Radio)
A Maine bank says its over $1 million investment in a solar farm has helped the financial institution offset virtually all of its electricity usage at its physical locations. (Mainebiz)
A New Jersey school district plans to install numerous rooftop solar arrays across its buildings, with the project’s energy savings funding a HVAC upgrade. (Asbury Park Press)

AFFORDABILITY: Pennsylvania lawmakers consider legislation requiring the state to completely spend its home heating assistance funds every year and not carry any money over to the next. (WESA)

TRANSIT: Maryland transit officials say ridership across its services still has not returned to anywhere near pre-pandemic usage. (Daily Record)

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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.