NUCLEAR: In a roadmap of Connecticut’s clean energy transition, the state’s energy department finds the state may need to keep the Millstone nuclear plant operational beyond its current contract ending in 2029 to reach its decarbonization goals. (Utility Dive)

UTILITIES:
• Both sides of the 2022 referendum over whether to form a Maine public power authority tinker with their ballot questions, trying to invalidate the other should both questions pass. (Bangor Daily News)
• New York regulatory staffers say the average ratepayer will see a roughly 21% rise in heating costs this winter, although at least one utility in the state predicts a 33% average uptick. (WSKG)

GAS: Before taking a vote at its next meeting, a Massachusetts energy siting board should reassess its tentative approval of a liquefied natural gas facility in an environmental justice community, advocates say. (RTO Insider, subscription)

SOLAR:
• A plan to put solar panels on school building rooftops in Danbury, Connecticut, gains new life after officials became more confident the project is eligible for state grants. (New Haven Register)
• Two energy developers each pitch a 2.2 MW solar farm to local officials in Vermont’s Rutland-Killington region. (Rutland Herald)
• A former copper mine, after years of federal reclamation and decontamination, is now home to a 20,000-panel solar array in Vermont’s Woodstock-Quechee region. (WCAX)

TRANSPORTATION: Tension grows between New York City and New Jersey, as the latter’s governor threatens to take drastic action if the city doesn’t provide tolling discounts to New Jersey drivers as it institutes congestion pricing. (Politico)

EQUITY: While other Chesapeake Bay states have taken notable steps to address environmental injustices, Maryland advocates say their state ignores relevant stakeholders and has done relatively little to make a suitable plan. (Bay Journal)

GRID: The developers of a disputed transmission project in Maine have already clear-cut roughly half of its “new corridor” section,” but one leading activist says there’s still time to stop the line before access roads are built. (News Center Maine)

CLIMATE: In Maine, the Atlantic puffin population was already ravaged by human hunting, but a warming Gulf of Maine has further limited the species’ prospects. (New Hampshire Public Radio)

WIND:
• Vineyard Wind I developers place a firm order for 62 Haliade-X offshore wind turbines from GE Renewable Energy. (Windpower Monthly)
• The executive director of a southeastern Connecticut economic strategy organization says a New London wind energy hub will be “huge for the area” and serve as “an incubator for a lot of things when it comes to renewable energy.” (Bulletin)

EFFICIENCY: New Jersey regulators kick off a $180 million energy efficiency grant program, which aims to benefit small businesses and schools wanting to repair or replace energy-intensive appliances. (news release)