CLEAN ENERGY: Pending New Jersey legislation could set one of the country’s strongest clean energy goals, but environmentalists threaten to tank it because the bill’s definition of clean energy includes trash incineration. (Politico)

FINANCE: Following an environmental investment policy review, the New York State Teachers' Retirement System decides to keep investments in several oil sands companies. (Pensions & Investments)

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GRID: In New Hampshire, six Republican lawmakers introduce a bill to study if the state should pull out of ISO New England to oversee its own grid and power market planning, citing consumer costs and net energy export. (RTO Insider, subscription)

WIND: Opponents of a New York turbine manufacturing development petition the state supreme court over claims a town planning board didn’t adhere to state environmental review regulations, an assertion officials deny. (Times Union)

TRANSIT:
• New York City’s mayoral administration says riders won’t pay for mega rideshare companies to electrify their vehicles, but isn’t explaining who will. (Gothamist)
• Philadelphia’s regional transit agency says a proposed subway route in the city’s underserved far northeast section isn’t financially feasible. (Philadelphia Business Journal)

SOLAR:
• A renewable energy materials distributor intends to open a new warehouse in Mansfield, Massachusetts, to support customers in southeastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island. (Sun Chronicle)
• Over $15 million in federal agriculture funds will support five solar farms in Maine and New Hampshire, including a 14,000-panel array in Maine’s Androscoggin County. (Portland Press Herald)
• New York picks a developer to build two new community solar projects slated to generate over 13 MW. (news release)
• Six solar workers died on their way to a work site in upstate New York over the weekend when a box truck crashed into their bus. (NNY360)

CLIMATE:
• Tensions flare at a recent Vermont Climate Council meeting over accusations that White members aren’t listening to their counterparts of color. (VT Digger)
• A panel of Maine scientists, officials and residents discuss sea level rise on Maine’s coasts and the damage from coastal erosion. (Maine Monitor)

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BUILDINGS: A Philadelphia family moves to Maine to build a passive house that can maintain indoor temperatures of 70 degrees without a furnace in January. (Maine Public Radio)

POLICY:
• Observers question how Pennsylvania’s new governor will achieve his ambitious environmental agenda, including campaign promises around decarbonization and abandoned oil and gas well plugging. (Pennsylvania Capital-Star)
• Massachusetts’ legislative delegation from the Berkshires says their priorities this year include passenger rail expansion, and one legislator wants to create a green bank to fund environmental projects. (Berkshire Eagle)

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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.