GRID: New York regulators extend a deadline for six utilities to each add at least 350 MW of energy storage, giving them three more years to find bidders and complete the projects. (Utility Dive)

OIL & GAS: The nation’s first legislative ban on new fossil fuel appliances in most new buildings looks ready to pass next week in New York as it has support from key Democratic lawmakers. (Politico)


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SOLAR: Rhode Island legislators consider several bills aiming to deter deforestation for large-scale solar developments. (Providence Journal)

BUILDINGS:
• In New York, an all-electric multifamily housing complex in Schenectady and a passive house in Troy are among the winners of a state energy efficiency and electrification grant contest. (Times Union)
• Three entities close in on what’s being touted as Pennsylvania’s largest-ever C-PACE financing deal: $40 million for a 329-unit multifamily housing complex in Philadelphia's Callowhill neighborhood. (news release)

CLIMATE:
• Maryland climate observers discuss what the state will look like in a few decades once the impact of climate change is fully realized. (Baltimore Banner)
• Some fruit trees in Berks County, Pennsylvania, bloomed too early this year, leaving farmers worried those crops will be killed in a frost. (Reading Eagle)
• Maine’s coastal traditions and way of life are threatened by extreme weather, rising and warming seas, and land loss caused by climate change. (Yale Climate Connections)

TRANSIT:
• Philadelphia’s transit agency reconfigures its bus route redesign following public pushback to a plan to eliminate roughly two dozen routes. (WHYY)
• A private commuter bus company plans to end its 80 daily trips between north New Jersey and New York, leaving lawmakers scrambling to bridge the transit gap. (Gothamist)
• Although not in the mayor’s budget proposal, Washington, D.C., city councilors say they will make public bus service free anyway and find alternative funding. (Washington Post)

AFFORDABILITY: A New York lawmaker introduces a bill requiring Central Hudson Gas & Electric to manually read meters every month because of affordability problems stemming from estimated billing. (Daily Freeman)

COMMENTARY: Citizen scientists in Maine are helping climate researchers gather phenological data, which one reporter suggests is one of the most impactful ways to help mitigate the climate crisis. (Maine Monitor)

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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.