CLIMATE: Although some New York City mayoral candidates have plans to confront the climate crisis and the city has set major environmental goals, such policies aren’t likely to sway the primary elections today. (Inside Climate)

GRID:
The Federal Aviation Administration has permitted Eversource’s New Hampshire utility to inspect a transmission line with a six-rotor drone beyond the operator’s line of sight in mountainous terrain. (Concord Monitor)
In upstate New York, two people were hospitalized after the helicopter they were using to inspect power lines crashed. (NBC 4 New York)
The developers of a 2.1 GW transmission project connecting two grids — the PJM Interconnection to the Midwest Independent System Operator — take a step forward with the selection of an Italian engineering firm. (S&P Global Platts)
Thousands of power customers in the Rochester, New York, area lost power overnight amid a gusty thunderstorm. (Democrat & Chronicle)

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OFFSHORE WIND:
Rhode Island coastal regulators consider creating a formula that developers could consult to minimize conflict and streamline offshore wind farm compensation in negotiations with fisheries. (Providence Business News)
A New Jersey newspaper moderates a discussion among utility executives, policy makers and marine experts regarding the future of offshore wind in the state and the potential impacts on marine life and ratepayers. (NJ Spotlight)
A new organization wants to be a resource and advocate for entities and entrepreneurs looking to take advantage of offshore wind business opportunities in New York. (news release)

COAL: A consultants’ report suggests that New York’s decommissioned Niagara Mohawk coal plant could be reused as a data center. (Data Centre Dynamics)

NUCLEAR: The company decommissioning the Vermont Yankee nuclear station has used about half of its decommissioning trust fund and expects to complete the work within budget. (Associated Press)

UTILITIES: A Portland, Maine-based utility vegetation management company expands its business to Vermont with the acquisition of a competitor. (Bangor Daily News)

SOLAR:
A Maryland congregation plans to install “large” solar arrays on the fields surrounding their church and take on other environmental practices to actively practice what they preach regarding their faith and climate action. (Maryland Matters)
A garden center and landscaping business in a coastal Connecticut town installs a 47.52-kW rooftop solar array, funding the project through Rural Energy for America Program and Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy program. (news release)

COMMENTARY: A Rhode Island renewable energy campaign director thinks the state can lead the way in the decarbonization movement but says “leaders at every level of government must move the needle forward.” (The Providence Journal)