OFFSHORE WIND: New York utility regulators instruct Con Edison to file a plan to develop an onshore interconnection hub to bring 6 GW of offshore wind energy into lower Manhattan. (Utility Dive)

COURTS: Oral arguments between the city of Baltimore and numerous fossil fuel interests begin today in the climate litigation case that may establish if localities can seek financial damages from climate-related issues. (E&E News)

NUCLEAR: Massachusetts’ U.S. senators call for an independent review of the Seabrook nuclear plant in light of visible concrete degradation, while the facility’s operator and federal regulators insist there’s no cause for concern. (CBS Boston)

GRID:
A Massachusetts startup claims it can transform dead lithium-ion batteries into new versions that last longer, charge faster and pollute less. (WBUR)
A New Hampshire university and an electric co-op start a vehicle-to-grid charging station pilot to test using electric vehicles as transportable battery storage systems when power demand is high. (New Hampshire Public Radio)
A New York City apartment complex will install zinc-air battery technology, solar panels and a combined heat and power system to power the site. (news release)

HEAT:
New research maps New York City’s urban heat island effect, identifying three neighborhoods mostly inhabited by low-income residents and people of color that see higher temperatures than wealthy neighborhoods next to Central Park. (City Limits)
A news outlet charts the most extreme temperatures, precipitation and weather events that have reached each New England state. (press release)

CLIMATE:
Preliminary data from the U.S. EPA show New England power plant emissions increased 3.5% both in 2020 and 2021. (E&E News)
Federal climatologists issue a report finding Rhode Island has seen higher temperatures, amounts of precipitation and numbers of extreme weather events since 1930 — a trend expected to continue amid the climate crisis. (Boston Globe)
In Maine, 11 coastal towns in the Portland area will develop a regional climate mitigation plan. (WMTW)

CRYPTOCURRENCY: Pennsylvania debates how cryptocurrency mining operations, including a Pittsburgh-area operation burning coal waste for fuel, fit into the climate crisis and air quality conversations. (ABC News)

WASTE-TO-ENERGY: Federal investigators will soon conduct a required review of a Connecticut Superfund site that hosts a 37.5 MW biomass facility, which some local officials praise for generating tax revenue at an otherwise undesirable location. (The Bulletin)

UTILITY BILLS: A Maine gas utility withdraws a 24.2% rate hike following state utility regulators’ concern that the increase would be a “rate shock” to customers and instead should be implemented gradually. (Bangor Daily News)

Bridget Reed Morawski

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.