GAS: Natural gas utility Washington Gas tried but failed to blunt the impact of Washington, D.C.’s net-zero building law on its business via suggested amendments. (Washington City Paper)

ALSO: A petition making the rounds in Rhode Island calls for a ban on gas-powered leaf blowers over environmental and noise concerns. (ecoRI)

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OFFSHORE WIND:
• Vineyard Offshore bids into New York’s offshore wind solicitation with two projects — the Excelsior and Liberty wind farms — that exceed 2.6 GW combined. (news release)
• New York says its third offshore wind solicitation received a record “volume of quality proposals,” with the winning bids announced in the spring. (RTO Insider, subscription)

REGULATION: Maryland’s Democratic governor rescinds his Republican predecessor’s recess appointments of two utility regulators, with the head of the state’s Sierra Club chapter calling the move “the single biggest thing you can do to set up climate progress in this state for the next four years.” (Maryland Matters)

BUILDINGS: As Vermont elected officials gear up “for another showdown” over clean heat legislation, the head of the state’s natural resources agency shares her rough accounting of what it will cost to achieve. (WCAX, VT Digger)

CLIMATE:
• Ambitious climate agencies are pricey, but municipalities like Pittsburgh are using priority-based budgeting to find existing funds for the initiatives. (Grist)
• A New York City school’s stormwater runoff infrastructure is the latest example of city planners looking to playgrounds to implement climate mitigation tactics. (Next City)
• In Maine, clammers, scientists and advocates want the state to find scalable solutions and changes to protect clams from climate change-exacerbated threats. (Maine Monitor)

SOLAR:
• In Delaware’s Sussex County, dozens of acres of farmland are under consideration for solar development. (Cape Gazette)
• Rome, New York, passes a solar ordinance that took roughly six months longer to draft and codify than planned. (Daily Sentinel)
• A Maryland county board schedules a public hearing for residents to discuss their feelings on a proposed six-month solar farm moratorium. (Baltimore Sun)

BIOMASS: A biomass power plant that supplies all the power for New York’s Fort Drum Army base will close in March following financial viability concerns. (NNY360)

TRANSIT: Federal infrastructure funds will go toward replacing an Islesboro, Maine, ferry with a hybrid-electric model. (Maine Public Radio)

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AFFORDABILITY: The largest utility debt forgiveness program in New York’s history will lead to .5% surcharges on customer bills for the next five years. (LoHud.com)

COMMENTARY: A local transportation planner finds that proposed e-bike rebates for Washington, D.C., residents will likely be more effective at reducing gasoline use than those for electric vehicles. (Greater Greater Washington)

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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.