CLIMATE: The warming climate makes a successful leaf peeping season in Maine and across New England less likely, potentially disrupting the billions  of dollars each state sees in related tourism dollars. (Associated Press)

TRANSPORTATION:
Research conducted by a nonprofit highlights how getting more Vermont drivers into electric vehicles will help the state reach its legally mandated climate goals. (Energy News Network)
The Long Island Rail Road’s financial security is threatened by the number of workers projected to either permanently or regularly telecommute to their once-downtown jobs. (CBS New York)
Some supporters of greater vehicle charging infrastructure availability tell New Jersey regulators not to prioritize funds for public chargers over private fleets while seeking to increase electric truck adoption. (RTO Insider, subscription)

GRID:
A Pennsylvania farm family recently fought off a transmission line in their backyard — a challenge that will likely occur more often as the country needs to dramatically expand transmission to address the climate crisis. (The Allegheny Front)
A New York utility kicks off a reliability project to benefit a small rural town that consistently loses service for days after heavy storms, replacing poles and moving distribution equipment to less-wooded locations. (Poughkeepsie Journal)

UTILITIES:
With 15% of its workforce set to retire by 2023, Vermont Electric Power Co. works with a local university to hire young cybersecurity workers. (Barre Montpelier Times Argus)
A New York utility develops an outage prediction computer model that relies on artificial intelligence to predict which areas will see power failures during storms. (Times Union)
A reporter reflects on her own experience with a dubious electric supplier and warns utility customers to do their research and ask questions before signing up for any new services. (NJ.com)

SOLAR: A relatively small rooftop solar array in New Hampshire is touted for being the largest in the state so far, highlighting how little solar capacity the state has. (Granite Geek)

EFFICIENCY:
Some Massachusetts lawmakers push for legislation to address the energy inefficiencies of older buildings throughout the state, including potentially instating energy performance standards. (State House News Service)
New York says it has so far substituted over 286,000 of its streetlights with LED bulbs as it pursues a replacement of 500,000 by 2025. (Environment + Energy Leader)

WIND: The top Connecticut energy and environment official wants the New England grid operator to give states transmission data to understand where upgrades are needed to support offshore wind. (RTO Insider, subscription)

GAS: The latest Pennsylvania Climate Action Plan suggests that biogas production and usage, as well as a low carbon fuel standard, can help reduce the state’s greenhouse gas emissions. (Biomass Magazine)

COMMENTARY:
A New York editorial board recommends the Adirondack Park Agency study and make policies to standardize and consider the cumulative effect of solar arrays: “What can’t happen is the current patchwork approach.(Times Union)
A Vermont solar array was turned down for purely aesthetic reasons, leading environmentalist Bill McKibbon to argue regulators should “sympathetically but truthfully” tell residents the climate crisis is too serious to consider such relative trivialities. (The Crucial Years)