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Editor’s note: Pennsylvania’s winter moratorium on utility shutoffs ended last week. An item in a previous digest incorrectly stated the moratorium’s purpose.

CLIMATE: Pennsylvania’s Republican state senators fail to secure enough votes for a measure to prevent the governor from enrolling the state in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, but a top GOP lawmaker promises to take the matter to court. (Associated Press, Penn Live Patriot-News)

ALSO:
Massachusetts has the right climate crisis mitigation goals in place but lags in implementation, observers say. (WBUR)
Southern Maine saw snowfall totals significantly lower than average this winter amid warmer conditions, making larger numbers of ticks more likely this summer. (Portland Press Herald)

EFFICIENCY: The owners of a Massachusetts apartment complex spent two years retrofitting the multi-family building, and now hope to replicate their success elsewhere. (Energy News Network)

GRID: ISO New England proposes ending its minimum offer price rule — a much-maligned policy that some said handcuffed states’ emissions reduction efforts — in 2025, with some exemptions. (Utility Dive)

GAS:
Pennsylvania regulators exclude a biogas pilot project from Philadelphia Gas Works’ procurement proposal because the resulting fuel would be five times more expensive than the gas already used. (Philadelphia Inquirer)
Pennsylvania is among five states considering legislation to pre-empt gas bans, with two bills currently awaiting deliberation in the state House. (Pennsylvania Capital-Star)
The company that wanted to build a contentious $60 million liquefied natural gas plant in south Philadelphia initially proposed in 2016 is no longer pursuing the project. (Philadelphia Inquirer)
At an event in New York City, a National Grid executive explains how the utility’s gas distribution network will be crucial even as decarbonization efforts are underway throughout its service territory. (S&P Global)

SOLAR:
New Jersey was once one of the best places to do business in the solar industry; now, the state has lost its luster amid interconnection and supply chain delays, according to a report from a national solar trade group. (NJ Spotlight)
A window and door manufacturer installs almost 1 MW of rooftop solar panels on its production facility in New York City’s Queens borough. (news release)

CLEAN ENERGY: In a Pittsburgh neighborhood, a federal pilot program will help fund renewable energy projects on uninhabitable public land on top of old coal mines. (WESA)

FINANCE: The New York Power Authority will issue its first 100% green bond to fund transmission projects to deliver cleaner energy to the state’s southern reaches. (The Bond Buyer)

AFFORDABILITY: Many Philadelphians are up in arms over the cost of their residential gas bills, which may further rise in the coming weeks. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
New York City is inching toward notable progress in vehicle electrification as other large American cities make larger investments. (New York Times)
A Pennsylvania utility will offer rebates to commercial and industrial entities to install charging infrastructure, with incentives ramping up for businesses in environmental justice communities. (PV Magazine)

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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.