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CLIMATE: Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan opts to allow a major climate bill that incorporates significant building and transportation electrification policies to become law without his signature. (Maryland Matters)

ALSO:
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf files an appeal with the state supreme court over an order preventing officials from entering the state into the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. (WHYY)
As New Hampshire revamps its energy policy, some wonder if it will meet the standards outlined in the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report. (New Hampshire Public Radio)
A panel discussion in New York’s Warren County highlights the climate crisis’ potential health repercussions for its aging citizenry. (Post-Star)

EFFICIENCY:
Maine is promoting energy efficient home retrofits, but there aren’t enough workers in the field to get through the growing list of homeowners wanting to weatherize. (Portland Press Herald)
While New York environmentalists count several wins in the state’s latest budget, they also see numerous missed opportunities, including on building electrification and efficiency requirements. (Times Union)
Maryland’s Senate unanimously approves updated energy and water efficiency standards for new appliances. (news release)

COAL:
Pennsylvania will receive billions of dollars of federal mine reclamation dollars, and local officials and advocates are champing at the bit to restore polluted waterways for both environmental and recreational needs. (Pennsylvania Capital-Star)
A former coal plant in Philadelphia finds new life as a luxury waterfront apartment complex. (Philadelphia Magazine)

GAS: Massachusetts clean energy advocates question why the state is authorizing the construction of a 55 MW gas- and diesel-fired peaker plant in Peabody. (WBUR)

TRANSPORTATION:
Cold weather and narrow streets made an electric bus pilot program in Rhode Island less effective than intended, transit officials explain. (Providence Journal)
Just a small fraction of Massachusetts’ registered vehicles are electric, and the state doesn’t seem able to take the action necessary to have at least 750,000 electric vehicles on the road by 2030. (Boston Globe)
New York education officials consider how they will execute the “most aggressive timeline in the nation” for transitioning their school bus fleet to electric. (Buffalo News)

NUCLEAR: Hundreds of Plymouth, Massachusetts, residents rally against the possibility that a nuclear decommissioning company might dump radioactive water into the Cape Cod Bay. (Patriot Ledger)

SOLAR:
A New Jersey school district estimates it will save over $120,000 in annual energy costs as a local energy company installs 1.3 MW of solar panels on academic buildings. (Asbury Park Press)
Massachusetts lawmakers consider increasing the solar project net-metering cap to 25 kW from the current amount, 10 kW. (news release)

GRID:
As Connecticut seeks to attract new data center companies, some worry about the amount of energy required to run such operations. (Hartford Courant)
A Massachusetts company announces a new electric battery pre-production facility in North Andover as the state grants it $1.5 million to purchase battery recycling equipment. (news release)

AFFORDABILITY: Maryland legislators vote not to extend the state’s month-long gas tax holiday. (Capital News Service)

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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.