TRANSMISSION: Maine’s supreme court rules construction can resume on all but a one-mile stretch of the Clean Energy Connect transmission line while a court considers an appeal of a judge’s rejection of a lease in that section. (Press Herald)

CLEAN ENERGY: Opposition to utility-scale wind and solar projects is a complex political problem in Vermont, with the state’s self-reliant image at odds with a dependence on imported electricity. (Sierra Magazine)

CLIMATE:
• A Penn State study estimates Pennsylvania could see between $18 billion and $40 billion in public health benefits by joining a regional climate pact. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)
Environmental justice advocates in Connecticut and state lawmakers in Massachusetts push for their states to act more aggressively on climate change. (Hartford Courant, Greenfield Recorder)
• Vermont’s Climate Council is holding a series of public meetings over the next few weeks to gather input on the state’s climate plan. (NBC5)

PIPELINES: A group of 31 state and local officials are calling on New York Gov. Kathy Hochul to revisit a decision that would push the costs of new fossil fuel projects — including a controversial Brooklyn natural gas pipeline — onto ratepayers. (The City)

SOLAR:
• Maryland regulators grant a key permit for an 8 MW solar project, concurring with a judge that opponents have failed to produce enough evidence to support claims the project will lower their property values. (Herald-Mail)
• Delaware Gov. John Carney signs a bill creating a framework for community solar projects in the state. (Delaware Business Now)
• A New Hampshire art museum receives a $100,000 grant to install solar panels on its roof. (Union Leader)

WIND:
• A developer has submitted plans to New Jersey regulators to convert a former coal plant into an interconnection station for offshore wind. (Renewables Now)
• Ørsted is moving forward with plans for an offshore wind maintenance hub in Atlantic City. (Press of Atlantic City)

STORAGE: New York regulators earlier this month gave approval for National Grid to operate a 2 MW storage project in both retail and wholesale markets. (Utility Dive)

ELECTRIFICATION:
• U.S. Steel is considering Pittsburgh as a possible location for a $3 billion steel mill that would use electric arc furnaces to reduce emissions. (Public Source)
• Landscapers are not enthusiastic about Burlington, Vermont’s new restrictions on gasoline-powered leaf blowers. (WCAX)

EFFICIENCY: Rhode Island will make as much as $1 million in funding available to help supermarkets better manage their refrigeration systems’ energy use. (ABC6)

COMMENTARY:
• An editorial says Massachusetts lawmakers “should err on the side of urgency” when considering climate legislation: “much of what the governor is proposing is well thought out and ready to go.” (Boston Globe)
• A New Jersey advocate says Hurricane Ida is a reminder that “we must continually up our game” on climate change. (NJ.com)

Ken Paulman

Ken is the director of the Energy News Network at Fresh Energy and is a founding editor of both Midwest Energy News and Southeast Energy News. Prior to joining Fresh Energy, he was the managing editor for online news at Minnesota Public Radio. He started his journalism career in 2002 as a copy editor for the Duluth News Tribune before spending five years at the Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Washington, where he worked as a copy editor, online producer, features editor and night city editor. A Nebraska native, Ken has a bachelor's degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a master's degree from the University of Oregon. He is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and Investigative Reporters and Editors.