GRID: Maine’s top court decides a November referendum on the New England Clean Energy Connect transmission line, which is already under construction, doesn’t need to be split into three separate questions as opponents preferred. (Portland Press Herald)

ALSO:
Two competing models for community choice aggregation emerge in New Hampshire, with some local governments coming together to form larger clean power portfolios and others seeking more local control opting to go it alone. (Energy News Network)
Connecticut proposes financial incentives for residential and commercial installations of energy storage systems to help achieve its storage target of 1 GW by the end of 2030. (Utility Dive)
A 5 MW battery storage system comes online in western Massachusetts to keep up with afternoon demand surges. (MassLive, subscription)

WIND: Opponents of offshore wind development in Rhode Island allege Gov. Dan McKee handpicked members of a coastal council who are pro-wind to ensure industry-friendly decisions were made. (Providence Journal)

SOLAR:
Proposed fire code amendments in New York City threaten rooftop solar projects, which were already dampened by a community solar funding loophole that allowed natural gas developers to cash in. (Huff Post)
Rhode Island advocates wonder why so much solar is sited on residential land, forestland or open spaces when they say there are plenty of rooftops, brownfields and developed sites that could accommodate panels. (ecoRI)
A power developer wants to construct a 2.2 MW solar farm on unused land next to an operational stone mill in Vermont’s Rutland-Killington region. (Rutland Herald)
In Maine, a Kennebec-area town considers an ordinance to codify its solar development policies as a local developer seeks to build a 2 MW solar farm on a closed landfill. (Maine Sentinel)

TRANSPORTATION: Policymakers behind the Transportation and Climate Initiative say opponents’ claims that Massachusetts could see fuel shortages under the program are wrong. (Commonwealth Magazine)

BIOFUELS: A power developer says it has a tentative agreement in place to open a biofuels refinery on the site of a former paper mill in Maine’s Katahdin Moosehead region. (Bangor Daily News)

HYDROELECTRIC: Several southern Maine towns hire an appraiser to help determine the value of four hydroelectric facilities. (Sun Journal)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
In Maine, Portland transportation officials wanting to replace an aging ferry with a diesel-electric model are hindered by mounting nationwide construction costs. (Portland Press Herald)
In New Jersey, a Democratic assembly member says charger availability is an obstacle for prospective electric vehicle drivers and that related infrastructure investments will drive greater adoption. (MyCentralJersey.com)
Vermont utility Green Mountain Power will replace two heavy-duty combustion engine trucks with all-electric models in 2022. (news release)