EFFICIENCY: In a nationwide first, a new Vermont law prohibits linear fluorescent bulbs beginning in 2024, earning praise from efficiency advocates. (Energy News Network)

GAS: Connecticut’s attorney general and Eversource reach a $1.8 million settlement over the utility’s allegedly misleading statements regarding gas conversions that violated the state’s unfair trade practices rules. (News Times)

CLIMATE:
President Biden will visit a former coal plant in Somerset, Massachusetts today to announce executive actions on climate change. (Associated Press)
A Maine seaweed carbon sequestration company is the source of skepticism for some scientists, who question whether their work will be effective at a reasonable scale and whether it will harm ocean plankton. (Maine Public Radio)

OFFSHORE WIND:
New York environmental officials gave the Port of Albany special permission to clear-cut 80 acres for a planned wind turbine manufacturing facility, despite not receiving its state and federal permits. (Times Union)
Workers have discovered unexploded military munitions at the Vineyard and Revolution offshore wind farm sites. (New Scientist, subscription)
In Rhode Island, Mayflower Wind developers apply with the state’s energy siting board to run their transmission cables through Portsmouth en route to the planned Somerset, Massachusetts, transmission station. (Newport Daily News)

SOLAR:
A power developer proposes a 3.5 MW solar farm on pastureland in a western Vermont town. (Rutland Herald)
A western Massachusetts town zoning board approves an energy developer’s request to allegedly make it easier for it to harvest hay at a residential site but attempts to preempt a potential future solar array by restricting additional site use to agricultural purposes. (Berkshire Eagle)
High electricity prices are driving demand for rooftop solar in Rhode Island, but developers say commercial projects are being held back by siting disputes. (Providence Business Journal)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: New Jersey’s Mercer County installs 11 new electric vehicle charging stations at public and municipal locations. (CentralJersey.com)

GRID:
Between statewide adoption goals and new projects, electric battery storage systems are becoming a larger part of Maine’s grid. (Maine Public Radio)
New York City’s mayor will reportedly announce today that dozens of buildings will lower their energy use as part of a demand response program to protect the grid amid a heatwave. (NY Daily News)
In Vermont, Burlington Electric offered to donate to a local charity if enough ratepayers curbed their power demand during a projected peak load period. (WCAX)

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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.