UTILITIES: Activists block the entrance to a Massachusetts environmental agency in protest of Eversource Energy’s proposed electrical substation in an environmental justice community, urging officials to deny the utility’s permit. (Boston Globe)

ALSO: Investors pepper Eversource Energy with questions after two credit agencies change their outlook on its Connecticut operations from ‘stable’ to ‘negative,’ a possible sign that the utility’s credit will be downgraded and its cost of borrowing will rise. (Hartford Courant)

WIND:
Massachusetts Clean Energy Center grants $1.6 million to eight offshore wind workforce training programs aimed at helping people of color and low-income people enter the industry. (Energy News Network)
Massachusetts Maritime Academy plans to open an energy and engineering lab in 2024 to help train technical offshore wind workers and study topics including fuel cells, tidal power and energy storage. (Cape Cod Times)

TRANSPORTATION:
State lawmakers override a gubernatorial veto and provide a small budget increase for Massachusetts Regional Transit Authorities, but it may not be enough of a raise to beat inflation. (Streetsblog Mass)
New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu signs a law requiring the state get his approval to participate in a low-carbon fuel standard program — a less stringent version of a bill that initially sought to forbid any legislative discussion without consent from the state legislature and executive council. (New Hampshire Bulletin)
Advocates of the Transportation & Climate Initiative are optimistic the regional pact still can achieve its goals even if few states have formally joined. (Smart Cities Dive)

GRID: A Maine environmental official tells lawmakers that the construction of Central Maine Power’s controversial transmission line follows the tree-clearing terms of its permits, but those legislators still believe there are violations. (Bangor Daily News)

NATURAL GAS:
Residential and commercial customers of Vermont Gas Systems are eligible for respective grants of up to $10,000 and $50,000 to pay off utility debts accrued during the pandemic. (Burlington Free Press)
Construction workers in Ithaca, New York, caused a gas leak, shutting down a road for part of Monday afternoon as they patched the pipe. (Ithaca Voice)

GEOTHERMAL: Federal labor officials are investigating a New York geothermal company after an employee died after a steel pipe fell on his head at a work site. (News Times)

RENEWABLE ENERGY: A small Vermont town looks to use its COVID-19 relief funds for programs like increased residential energy efficiency, buying electric municipal vehicles, and installing another solar array in town. (Rutland Herald)