OIL & GAS: Last year marked the first time in at least a decade that Pennsylvania’s year-over-year natural gas production declined. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)

• A Pennsylvania court decides the state utility commission was wrong to approve a liquefied natural gas pumping station in Delaware County without a sufficient environmental review. (Law 360)
• Rhode Island considers banning the sale of gas-powered lawn mowers and leaf blowers by 2025, and the use of such equipment by 2028, leading to opposition from landscaping companies and machine sellers. (Providence Journal)

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• A federal judge rejects a lawsuit filed by wind opponents claiming an environmental review was needed before a record-breaking New York and New Jersey offshore wind auction last year. (E&E News, subscription)
• New Jersey grants $440,000 to a research project examining how different industries utilizing marine resources — including the offshore wind, tourism and fishing sectors — interact. (news release)
• For $1,000, Northern Maine Community College students can now enroll in a new wind turbine maintenance program and receive other campus benefits. (news release)

• The delivery of electric buses purchased by the transit agency of Washington, D.C., are delayed because of a recall stemming from a Connecticut electric bus fire last summer. (DCist)
• A proposed electric vehicle mileage tax is considered in Pennsylvania as a gasoline tax alternative, but it still wouldn’t meet the state’s transportation funding needs if passed. (Center Square)

HYDROELECTRIC: A state court backlog will delay a judge from hearing Brookfield Renewables’ argument that two of its Maine dams should be relicensed. (Maine Monitor)

REGULATION: As Maryland’s utility commission is criticized over its lack of proactivity regarding climate change, a state lawmaker wants to study whether its structure, operations and staffing abilities are sufficient. (Maryland Matters)

FINANCE: The overseer of Vermont’s three largest pension funds seems to be successfully negotiating compromises to a fossil fuel divestment bill, including carve-outs for index funds and private equity investments. (Pensions & Investments, subscription)

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• New legislation in Delaware raises the cap on the amount of residentially generated solar power and changes the net metering billing structure, a plan the sponsoring lawmaker says buys time to determine how to better integrate home solar into the state’s grid. (Delaware Public Media)
• Voters of a Vermont town approve a non-binding resolution opposing a planned 20 MW solar project, while officials in that town begin crafting an energy plan to help guide decisions around future projects. (WCAX, VT Digger)

CLIMATE: The National Park Service is adapting its cherry blossom tree maintenance as climate change brings warmer winters — and an increased chance of sun scalded trees — to Washington, D.C. (Washingtonian)

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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.