UTILITIES: Maine’s legislature ekes out enough support to pass its investor-owned utility takeover bill, but it may not secure enough votes to bypass a likely veto from the governor. (Portland Press Herald)

PIPELINES:
Three activists were charged with trespassing after a 27-hour occupation at an eastern Massachusetts Enbridge office over the company’s much-derided Weymouth compressor station. (Boston.com)
New Jersey’s representatives at the federal level should introduce legislation to fight the PennEast pipeline, according to officials of a county that would be impacted by the line. (Hunterdon Review)

GRID:
New York City officials ask residents to conserve energy amid a Northeast heat wave that has caused thousands to lose power — but some wonder why they have to minimize their consumption if Times Square is still lit up. (CBS New York)
New Jersey’s largest utility doesn’t expect widespread brownouts during the heat wave, with relatively few outages reported statewide. (NJ.com)
Connecticut’s utility regulator codifies rules for residents seeking compensation from their utilities for lengthy outages and resulting spoiled food and medication. (CT Post)
Maine Gov. Janet Mills signs a bill to connect northern Maine’s grid to the rest of New England, a move expected to boost the local economy through renewable energy exports. (Bangor Daily News)
Although New York City commercial building occupancy plummeted, energy consumption of those buildings is still at near-normal levels due to air conditioning and powered-up electronic devices. (Crain’s New York Business, subscription)

HYDROELECTRIC:
Numerous protected Atlantic salmon were trapped in different pools of the Lockwood Dam on central Maine’s Kennebec River in mid-June, requiring the state marine resources agency to rescue them. (Bangor Daily News)
Advocates of southern Maine’s Presumpscot River worry whether the buyer of five hydroelectric facilities and an accompanying fish ladder can afford maintenance and planned expansions. (American Journal)

OFFSHORE WIND:
Environmental advocacy groups sue New York over insufficient bird protections in new siting regulations for clean energy projects like wind farms; at the same time, Long Island officials say the utility regulator shouldn’t force downstate ratepayers to cover the majority of the cost for offshore wind infrastructure. (Newsday)
As part of their second offshore wind solicitation, New Jersey regulators choose the 1.148 GW offshore Ocean Wind 2 project. (news release)

SOLAR:
Kennebunkport, Maine, expects to save almost $600,000 on its energy costs over two decades now that it’s purchasing solar credits at a reduced rate. (Portsmouth Herald)
A Boston developer wants to build a $25 million solar array in a southern Maine town. (American Journal)
A south-central Pennsylvania retirement community installs a small rooftop solar array. (news release)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
Moped rental business Revel has opened a 25-port electric vehicle fast-charging station in Brooklyn. (Brooklyn Eagle)
Toms River, New Jersey, was granted roughly half a million dollars to purchase its first electric trash truck, which should be delivered within a year. (Asbury Park Press)