CLIMATE: A new study shows Maine is a leader in preparing for and mitigating climate change among its New England peers, which on the whole are failing to include vulnerable residents in decision making. (Energy News Network)

ALSO: As a changing climate makes conditions harder for Vermont dairy farmers, some are bringing innovative agricultural industries to the state. (Washington Post)

GRID:
• The former coal-fired power plant imploded last week in New Jersey is poised to become a $1 billion battery storage development. (Associated Press)
• A New Jersey utility board’s report suggests the state enter into a regional, voluntary clean energy market and exit its current energy market. (NJ Spotlight)
• As New York City considers allowing developers to install 15 lithium-ion batteries on a residential building roof, residents are worried about the risk of fire. (BKReader)
• A Connecticut community pushes back on an Eversource power outage prevention plan they say will cut down too many large, leafy trees. (New Haven Register)

CLEAN ENERGY:
• New York’s climate action council will soon meet to approve a final plan to meet state targets over the next 20 years; recommendations include disallowing new homes from using natural gas. (Buffalo News)
• In Massachusetts, three Springfield officials intend to introduce legislation today allowing the city to start forming a community choice energy aggregation program. (Mass Live)

BUILDINGS:
• Maryland environmentalists cheer a new all-electric building code passed in Montgomery County, but lament a pushed back timeline and exceptions for fireplaces and grills. (Inside Climate News)
• A Philadelphia suburb’s community center plans to use a state grant to fund a new building that may become the township’s first to be LEED certified. (Daily Times)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Massachusetts’ expanded electric vehicle rebates are now available, providing $3,500 for new or used electric vehicles in addition to federal funds. (WBUR)

TRANSIT:
• Massachusetts transportation officials request $108 million in federal funding for an expanded, faster east-west rail service. (Boston Herald)
• Pennsylvania kicks off a $12.7 million state grant program to help entities transition from diesel trucks to electric vehicles. (WHYY)

OFFSHORE WIND:
• Local opposition has waned against a wind farm off New York’s Long Island, clearing the way for the project to come to fruition. (E&E News)
• A New England news outlet describes the process to develop the Vineyard Wind offshore wind farm, as well as the life of those on board the installation ships. (NHPR)

AFFORDABILITY:
• An Avangrid utility in New York suspends late payment penalties through April 15 amid spiking energy supply costs. (Daily Star)
• Central Hudson Gas & Electric’s gas supply prices have shot up by almost 20% this month after two months of decreases. (Daily Freeman)
• A University of New Hampshire poll finds that the vast majority of state residents across income brackets are worried about home heating costs this winter. (Concord Monitor)

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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.