GRID: Some Long Island, New York, residents say a new report about fires at three lithium-battery sites in 2023 gives them more concern than comfort, noting the lack of a groundwater study and delayed soil testing. (Newsday)

ALSO: Some families in Pennsylvania’s Ligonier Township say FirstEnergy’s local transmission line proposals, if pursued, would threaten the ecological value of their lands. (TribLive)

HYDROGEN: In New York, the Tonawanda Seneca Nation wants federal officials to reject a $1.6 billion loan for hydrogen producer Plug Power because of the firm’s shifting plans for the funds and allegations it’s evading federal environmental reviews. (Investigative Post)

UTILITIES: Connecticut’s attorney general sues United Illuminating and parent company Avangrid over its slow clean-up of the former English Station power plant site, seeking $25,000-a-day fines for each of the six charges. (New Haven Register)

SOLAR:

  • The owner of a solar farm calls it “unacceptable” that some Plainville, Massachusetts, residents are experiencing flooding due to the facility and pledges to resolve the issue. (Sun Chronicle)
  • A Pennsylvania judge rejects a conditional use request for a proposed 858-acre solar farm on land zoned for agriculture in Lebanon County. (Leb Town)

TRANSIT:

  • Pennsylvania’s governor will reportedly call for more funding for the state’s transit agencies as dwindling federal stimulus dollars and changing ridership patterns lead officials to warn of service cuts. (Spotlight PA)
  • Rhode Island’s transit agency approves a roughly $17 million contract to design a major new transit center, even though there isn’t a confirmed location for the program. (Rhode Island Current)

POLICY:

  • The head of Rhode Island’s climate council tells legislators that the climate models used in the state’s December 2022 greenhouse gas reduction plan were “very preliminary” and it’s still too early to know how dramatic the state’s strategy should be. (Providence Journal)
  • New Hampshire lawmakers encourage their fellow legislators to pass a bill that would make the state consider “proxy” carbon pricing in spending decisions for buildings and transportation projects. (New Hampshire Bulletin)

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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.