GAS: New York City’s decades-old natural gas pipes are aging, and when they fail, residents who can’t afford repairs or electric upgrades are sometimes left without hot water and cooking gas for months. (Inside Climate News)

HYDROGEN:
• As Pennsylvania contends for federal hydrogen hub funding, industry and labor interests push to secure a fossil fuel-based facility, while environmental interests seek a carbon-neutral source. (PublicSource)
• A northern New York town agrees to pay municipal engineering, consulting and legal expenses for a company building a green hydrogen facility, and the company will eventually reimburse the town. (NNY360)


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EFFICIENCY:
• Boston’s 1960s-built City Hall is getting an HVAC upgrade and efficient LED lighting, and officials plan to install better-insulated windows when they find funding. (WBUR)
• A new program in Maryland and Washington, D.C., offers zero-interest loans to homeowners making energy-efficient improvements. (WUSA9)
• New York offers $10 million to large energy users to make energy efficiency improvements and electrify their operations. (Utility Dive)

SOLAR: Two rival bills to revamp Maine’s solar incentives pit the state’s public advocate, Republicans and manufacturers against Democrats and the solar industry. (Bangor Daily News)

CLIMATE:
• Wildfire smoke’s arrival in New York City last week gives city officials another issue to account for in their climate plans. (Inside Climate News)
• Connecticut awards $8.8 million to support 17 municipalities’ climate resilience plans and projects. (news release)
• Advocates fight to make sure officials remember and care for Delaware’s homeless population as extreme heat becomes more common. (News Journal)

OFFSHORE WIND:
• New Jersey’s Atlantic Cape Community College seeks instructors for its new Wind Training Center opening this fall. (DownBeach)
• Offshore wind turbines built today are far larger than those envisioned when Maine first set offshore wind development goals and rules 15 years ago. (Portland Press Herald)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A Connecticut gas station chain thinks its stores — complete with electric vehicle chargers, sandwich shops, Wi-Fi and tables — set the standard for the future of EV charging facilities. (Hartford Courant)

BIOFUELS: A biodigester helps a Vermont dairy farm turn manure into biogas that’s burned for electricity — a process often lumped in with climate solutions, but that still creates planet-warming emissions. (Vermont Public)

UTILITIES:
• National Grid looks to recover more than $103 million from Northeast ratepayers for costs it incurred responding to nine major storms in 2021. (Eagle-Tribune)
• Maryland’s governor appoints a former utility attorney to the state’s utility regulatory board. (Maryland Matters)

COMMENTARY:
• A Republican and a Democratic mayor write in support of a bipartisan New Hampshire bill they say would remove arbitrary geographic restrictions keeping them from building community solar farms. (Concord Monitor)
• While Maine’s current net energy billing system is driving high prices as it promotes renewables, the state can fix the problem without reversing its clean energy progress, an editorial board argues. (Bangor Daily News)
• A project manager defends the installation of an electric boiler at Vermont’s Jay Peak ski resort, saying it will lead the way on renewable energy use in northern Vermont. (VTDigger)

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Kathryn brings her extensive editorial background to the Vxartnews team, where she oversees the early-morning production of ENN’s five email digest newsletters as well as distribution of ENN’s original journalism with other media outlets. From documenting chronic illness’ effect on college students to following the inner workings of Congress, Kathryn has built a broad experience in her more than five years working at major publications including The Week Magazine. Kathryn holds a Bachelor of Science in magazine journalism and information management and technology from Syracuse University.