GAS: Methane emissions from the Boston area’s natural gas infrastructure may be six times higher than earlier estimates and aren’t decreasing despite efforts to plug leaks, according to new research. (WBUR)

PIPELINES: A civil rights complaint prompts the U.S. EPA to investigate New York environmental officials’ approval of National Grid’s North Brooklyn natural gas pipeline. (BKReader)

GRID:
NextEra’s attempts to avoid upgrading its Seabrook nuclear facility threaten the future of the New England Clean Energy Connect transmission line, the parent company behind the controversial project tells federal regulators. (Utility Dive)
Northeastern utilities prepare for potential power outages in Boston’s coastal suburbs, New York, Rhode Island and Connecticut ahead of the region’s first fall nor’easter, where Eversource anticipates up to 125,000 customers may lose power. (NBC Boston, CBS New York, WPRI, Hartford Courant)

REFINERIES: Developers plan to convert a shuttered refinery in south Philadelphia into a massive shipping and distribution hub — but first need to handle over a century’s worth of industrial pollution. (WHYY)

EFFICIENCY: New Hampshire officials have delayed their approval of an efficiency incentive program’s budget for a year, impeding weatherization and energy efficiency businesses’ abilities to support customer demand. (New Hampshire Public Radio)

TRANSPORTATION:
A Boston-area clean energy startup claims to have invented an eco-friendly way of recycling the lithium-ion batteries necessary to charge electric vehicles. (Boston Globe)
A southern Maine city’s police department now has four charging stations for its two electric vehicles. (Forecaster)

WIND: Ocean City, New Jersey, environmentalists intend to fight local offshore wind plans over their fear the turbines will damage the area’s ecology and tourism. (WHYY)

CLIMATE: Erratic climate and weather conditions have altered expectations for the quality of apple crops nationwide, including in Pennsylvania and New York, leaving farmers seeking ways to minimize future harm to their livelihoods. (E&E News)

COMMENTARY:
A New Hampshire columnist highlights both sides of a debate over whether the New Boston Space Force Station’s main heating system should be converted to biomass. (Concord Monitor)
Protecting Vermont’s wetlands can help mitigate some impacts of the climate crisis, including minimizing the extent of severe flooding, according to the leader of a local conservation nonprofit. (Vermont Biz)
An energy trade organization’s policy director explains how although there isn’t an “operating model of a regional forward market for clean energy in the U.S.,” New England’s policies and decarbonization motivation put it in the position to implement one. (Utility Dive)