BUILDINGS: Vermont’s governor vetoes the recently passed clean heat standard, as he said he would; state lawmakers now work to override his decision. (VT Digger)

ALSO: Although carbon capture technology is making its way into New York City buildings, such projects can’t be used to comply with the city’s building emissions law. (The City)

• New York’s final budget includes language broadly outlining a cap-and-trade program, but few details leave some wondering if environmental justice will actually be served. (City Limits)
• An urban planner proposes installing rain gardens in bus shelters to help combat both routine rain and extreme flooding. (Gothamist)
• An almost 104 MW wind farm in western New York is now online. (NNY360)
• Eversource Energy says a deal to sell its offshore wind business is likely to be announced in the next few months. (E&E News, subscription)
• New Jersey Republicans and offshore wind opponents call for an up-to-two-month-long construction moratorium to see if fewer whale deaths would be recorded; developers already take extensive measures to avoid impacting marine life. (Associated Press, Energy News Network archive)

GRID: In New York, two commissioned studies suggest the quality of drinking water supplies won’t be lowered by construction of the Champlain Hudson Power Express transmission line. (Times Union)

OIL & GAS: Despite opposition from residents and environmental groups, a Rhode Island public comment session on making permanent a temporary liquified natural gas facility drew just one comment. (Rhode Island Current)

• The board of Washington, D.C.’s transit agency wants the city council to postpone plans to make buses in the city free, citing a tight financial outlook and interjurisdictional policy complexities. (DCist)
• New York City’s transit agency will make service more frequent this summer along subway lines where ridership has returned. (Gothamist)
• NJ Transit still sees only about 75% of its overall pre-pandemic ridership, a trend pushing the agency into a financial shortfall. (NJ Spotlight)

GEOTHERMAL: Federal officials grant more than $700,000 to a Connecticut affordable housing development to design a geothermal heating and cooling system for its complex. (Record Journal)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Environmental groups issue an analysis finding that New Jersey would see hundreds of fewer deaths per year and save drivers billions of dollars if the state adopted advanced clean car rules. (NJ Spotlight)

• A Maine legislative committee declines to act on a citizens initiative that would have a nonprofit utility take over for the state’s two investor-owned utilities, meaning it will go before voters in November. (Portland Press Herald)
• Some Maine lawmakers want a state court to determine if they can pass a ballot initiative to block foreign governments from interfering in referendum outcomes such as the Central Maine Power transmission line fight, rather than leave the issue to voters. (Maine Public Radio)

HYDROPOWER: Federal energy regulators issue a new, 40-year operating license to a 714 kW hydroelectric dam along the Cocheco River in Dover, New Hampshire. (Hydro Review)

COMMENTARY: Two Massachusetts state senators explain how the fight against the Weymouth compressor station has lessons for those pushing back on Holtec’s nuclear wastewater decommissioning plan. (CommonWealth Magazine)

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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.