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CLIMATE: Rhode Island’s climate council accepts a final version of an emissions reduction plan that aims for widespread electrification, green energy and public transit measures — but some advocates say it won’t meet state targets. (Boston Globe)

• Volunteers in a downeast Maine harbor town work to restore soft shell clam flats and revitalize a local industry decimated by warming waters and invasive green crabs. (Maine Public Radio)
• A small New Jersey nonprofit receives a $656,300 grant to develop a coastal resiliency plan for Camden in the face of frequent street flooding, an outdated sewer system and a dearth of green spaces. (Cherry Hill Courier-Post)

• Nearly 18,000 Pennsylvanians — in addition to thousands of people in neighboring states — were still without power this morning after a wintry weather mix passed over the mid-Atlantic. (WTAJ, PowerOutage.US)
• Eversource begins notifying residents of an East Boston neighborhood that it will soon begin construction of an unpopular substation, work that will take roughly two years. (WBUR)

• A New York assembly member introduces legislation to create a map that local officials can use to signal to developers where the community might prefer renewable energy projects be sited. (Olean Times Herald)
• The board of Potsdam, New York, votes to enter into a community choice aggregation program with Joule Assets; one member noted the company’s dissolvement of a CCA elsewhere in the state in her dissent. (NNY360)

• Rotterdam, New York, lawmakers unanimously votes to instate a 12-month moratorium on large-scale solar projects to allow officials time to draft siting regulations. (Daily Gazette)
• Frederick, Maryland, will install a solar canopy over part of its police headquarters’ parking lot to reduce energy costs and protect its vehicle fleet from snow and ice. (Frederick News-Post)

OIL & GAS: A Pennsylvania neighborhood evacuates after a plumbing company strikes a gas line, causing an explosion that destroyed one home and injured two people. (Penn Live Patriot-News)

• Some observers say making buses free in Washington, D.C., might not be enough to get drivers out of their cars and reduce transit-related emissions. (E&E News)
• In Baltimore’s suburbs, a public transit plan draws backlash at a packed public meeting over concern that car travel lanes will be reassigned. (Baltimore Sun)
• In southern Maine, a group of public transit agencies decide how to spend $8 million in American Recovery Act funds for buses and microtransit options that they hope will boost ridership. (Portland Press Herald)
• Two New York City lawmakers publicize a plan to finance the cost of eliminating local bus fares in the city over four years. (Streetsblog)
• Prospective e-bike buyers in Massachusetts sit and wait for point-of-sale rebates to kick in. (Streetsblog)
• One of New York City’s largest co-op buildings considers banning e-bikes from residences because of lithium-ion battery fire concerns. (The City)

UTILITIES: A New York regulatory investigation finds that Central Hudson Gas and Electric knew about urgent issues with its much-derided billing system before it went live but launched the site anyway. (Times Union)

OFFSHORE WIND: New York’s governor should increase the state’s offshore wind capacity goal to 15 GW by 2040 and 20 GW by 2050, environmentalists and labor groups say. (Spectrum News)

• New Jersey environmental officials propose requiring real estate developers to factor climate change and flood projections into their projects, which they say would add to housing costs. (E&E News)
• Electrification advocates want New York’s governor to include a ban on fossil fuel infrastructure in new construction in an upcoming executive budget. (Gothamist)
• A Portland heritage preservation group publishes a guide on the historic structures threatened by sea level rise. (Mainebiz)

AFFORDABILITY: Maine consumer advocates rail against Central Maine Power’s proposed 30% delivery rate hike. (Maine Public Radio)

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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.