POLITICS: New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s resignation puts the state’s implementation of an ambitious climate policy into question, though some clean energy advocates say Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul could speed up stalled projects and more left-leaning proposals. (E&E News)

ALSO: The head of Maine’s Office of Policy Innovation and the Future outlines how the state is looking to produce more clean energy research and innovation and create jobs in the industry. (MaineBiz)

NATURAL GAS:
• Pennsylvania natural gas companies are among those using drones and other methods to collect methane leak data in an attempt to show they can cap those leaks, reduce emissions and preserve their industry. (Wall Street Journal)
• PennEast Pipeline Co. abruptly drops its lawsuits against owners of property the natural gas pipeline is looking to cross, though the company could restart its eminent domain actions once it clears other regulatory hurdles. (Morning Call)
• Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection fines a Texas-based company for construction violations while building a natural gas pipeline in the southwestern part of the state. (Allegheny Front)

SOLAR:
• Outgoing New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill earlier this month barring homeowners associations from restricting rooftop solar installations. (Times Union)
• A group of clean energy-focused investors commits $50 million to develop solar projects throughout Connecticut. (PV Magazine)
• A judicial center under construction in Maine may become a net-zero energy property after it was approved to build a parking lot solar array in addition to its planned rooftop installations. (Courier/Post)
• A southern Maine town approves funding to build a solar farm that will power 4,922 homes. (American Journal)

NUCLEAR: Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers say they’ve taken a big step toward producing a fusion reactor. (New York Times)

UTILITIES:
• Testimony in front of the New York State Assembly’s energy committee reveals outgoing Gov. Andrew Cuomo demanded PSEG Long Island renegotiate its contract with Long Island Power Authority, over LIPA’s consideration of becoming a public system. (WSHU)
• Vermont utilities ask customers to conserve electricity today and tomorrow amid a heat wave. (Associated Press)
An emergency assistance fund in a suburban Philadelphia county has so far paid out $9.2 million to cover past due rent and utility bills. (Levittown Now)
Maine’s Greater Augusta Utility district will receive $1 million from a Northeast grant program to replace a utility crossing of the Kennebec River and fulfill other projects. (MaineBiz)

GRID:
• Maine environmental groups ask the state to halt construction of the Central Maine Power Corridor after a judge ruled its permit was unconstitutional. (News Center Maine)
• A Congress member from the Bronx negotiates to keep a high-voltage converter station from being built in a residential area. (City Limits)
• Long Island Power Authority trustees reveal two major power lines failed this summer and approve $67 million for “major repairs” at a Long Island power plant. (Newsday)

CLIMATE: Experts discuss how a warming Earth will affect New Hampshire and Vermont, saying warming temperatures will shorten ski seasons and increased rainfall will likely contribute to increased flooding. (Valley News)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A Southwestern Pennsylvania regional airport is planning to install six electric vehicle charging plugs and replace some diesel-powered baggage cars and other vehicles with electric models. (TribLive)

WIND: A Massachusetts town’s board of health decides not to investigate noise complaints from residents living near a wind turbine. (Patriot Ledger)