GRID: Eversource Energy gave televised updates and got more than 1,000 workers ready to address outages this weekend as it used Hurricane Henri to repair its image in Connecticut, where residents and regulators were displeased with the utility’s prior storm response effectiveness. (CT Mirror, WHDH)

ALSO:
Connecticut’s top utility regulator says Eversource and United Illuminating made “demonstrable improvement” to their storm responses this time around; as of around 6 a.m., just under 8,000 of Eversource’s Connecticut ratepayers were still without power. (CT News Junkie, WTNH)
At one point, Henri caused over 75,000 power outages in Rhode Island, but residents had braced themselves for the worst. (CBS Boston, Boston Globe)
Across New England, over 100,000 people lost power as the storm made landfall. (MassLive)

BIOMASS: Dozens of residents of a Catskills town admonish the CEO of a company seeking to bring a biomass production facility to the area over concerns it will harm the local environment, air quality and aesthetics. (Times Union)

WIND:
Vineyard Wind has committed to building the project with entirely union labor, likely making it hard to reach workforce diversity targets, as most Massachusetts building trade union members are White and most minority-owned contractors are non-union. (Energy News Network)
A Massachusetts town receives a grant to further offshore wind development at a former coal plant, but an area official says they’d rather have help kicking out two other undesirable industrial businesses than money. (Commonwealth Magazine)
A NextEra subsidiary buys a 99 MW wind farm in northern New Hampshire. (InDepthNH)

UTILITIES:
Two top Connecticut officials want to investigate whether Eversource’s natural gas utility violated marketing rules by using misleading information as it sought to get homeowners to convert their home heating to natural gas. (CT Post)
PPL Electric agrees to lower its transmission rate, but must first wait for federal regulatory approval. (news release)

SOLAR:
A small northern Maine town wants renewable power, leaving two energy developers jockeying to have their respective solar farms chosen. (St. John Valley Times)
A developer is seeking permission to build a small solar canopy and electric vehicle charging center with an outdoor food court and a welcome center on a long-vacant property in a small Vermont city. (Rutland Herald)

OVERSIGHT: An interfaith climate group wants Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf to nominate state utility regulators who are dedicated to climate justice and fighting environmental racism. (WHYY)

CLIMATE:
Because few Maine schools have installed air conditioning, some schools are already sending students home over excessive heat days into the school year. (St. John Valley Times)
At 19, Nadia Nazar is a native Marylander, a college art student and a co-founder of one of the largest youth-led climate crisis organizations in the country. (Baltimore Sun)
Academics, advocates and energy company representatives call on Rhode Island Gov. Dan McKee to hasten state action on the climate crisis following the harrowing IPCC report. (Boston Globe)