SOLAR: New Jersey regulators decide certain types of solar projects that missed a deadline to receive state subsidies because of the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic can still be eligible. (NJ Spotlight)

POLITICS: A proposed constitutional amendment in Pennsylvania would allow lawmakers to roll back climate mitigation policies without facing a potential veto from the governor, environmental advocates warn. (Pennsylvania Capital-Star)

AFFORDABILITY:
Connecticut officials say the state’s energy assistance program will likely lose over 40% of its federal funding due to the end of pandemic-related support. (New Haven Register)
In New York, two advocacy organizations host a workshop to teach low-income Long Island utility ratepayers how to eliminate their energy debt. (WSHU)

HYDROGEN: Utilities, power plant owners and hydrogen fuel cell companies in New York wait to see whether the state’s power production emissions standards will boost their plans to produce green hydrogen. (Times Union)

BUILDINGS: Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker says innovation, not mandates or rules, will get more people to electrify their homes and install equipment like heat pumps. (State House News Service)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
Nearly $40 million in federal grants are going to two Maryland county governments to purchase zero-emission or battery-electric buses for their transit systems. (news release)
Five years before a state deadline to fully electrify school bus fleets, a western New York school district receives the region’s first electric school bus. (WIVB)
Many New Yorkers are sitting on electric vehicle wait lists, but a major charging network infrastructure rollout is still in the works. (WXXI)
A New York town installs 10 electric vehicle chargers for public use, with rates set to only cover the cost of operation. (Times Union)

GRID:
A New York grid operator forecast finds that the state will need to install 20 GW of zero-emission resources in the next seven years to meet state climate goals. (RTO Insider, subscription)
A group representing state utility commissions tells federal energy regulators that it supports tighter PJM Interconnection transmission oversight requirements to protect ratepayers. (Utility Dive)

EQUITY: In New Jersey, environmental justice advocates teach low-income residents how fossil fuel companies have disproportionately polluted their neighborhoods to encourage activism against new facilities. (WHYY)

COMMENTARY: The New Jersey League of Conservation Voters’ executive director says offshore wind development is necessary to mitigate some climate change impacts along the Jersey Shore. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

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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.