STORMS: As of 7:33 a.m., over 570,000 New England homes, many of which are in Massachusetts, are without power as a nor’easter whips through the region. (PowerOutages.US, CNN)

GAS:
Massachusetts’ energy siting board approves a new liquefied natural gas facility in Charlton to help meet reliability, economic and environmental goals, saying gas infrastructure is still necessary as the state decarbonizes its power supply. (RTO Insider, subscription)
The vast majority of low-income New York homes use piped natural gas, propane or fuel oil for heating — sources tied to negative health consequences including asthma, according to a new report issued by a clean energy nonprofit. (City Limits)
Federal regulators report that although tighter natural gas reserves and pipeline capacity coupled with increased exports may reduce New England’s supply, there should be enough fuel to meet expected demand this winter. (InDepth NH)

GRID:
Five energy companies have spent around $23 million in October on next week’s Central Maine Power transmission line ballot initiative, bringing their total spend to nearly $100 million. (Bangor Daily News, Utility Dive)
Local representatives of Montauk, New York, announce $250,000 in state funds will be used to bolster a private effort to bury utility lines along an otherwise scenic route. (news release)

SOLAR: A coastal Maine city council institutes a moratorium on new medium-to-large solar development applications, although six projects slated to generate a cumulative 20 MW have already been approved. (Bangor Daily News)

CLIMATE: New York City officials seek federal and state funding to potentially create a voluntary home buyout program for residents living in flood-prone areas as a climate resiliency and adaptation measure. (The City)

PIPELINES: In Massachusetts, local officials balk at Eversource’s request to build an up-to-$33 million secondary natural gas pipeline between Springfield and Longmeadow, pointing to the utility’s ongoing property tax lawsuit. (Mass Live)

UTILITIES:
A New Hampshire law aimed at propelling community power plans and allowing municipalities to net meter up to 5 MW is now in effect. (New Hampshire Bulletin)
A Vermont manufacturer’s plan to form its own utility to help lower its electricity bill draws the ire of local residents who say it will let the company sidestep anti-pollution measures. (NBC 5)

EFFICIENCY: A Maryland working group recommends the state adopt an all-electric new building construction policy. (RTO Insider, subscription)

WIND: Pieces of the three 1.5 MW wind turbines destined to be erected at a Rhode Island port and university have arrived in Providence. (WJAR)

COMMENTARY: A central New York editorial board recommends readers vote next week against a ballot measure to codify a resident’s right to clean air and water over concern of “unintended consequences.(Post Standard)