UTILITIES: A new report finds that Massachusetts’ municipal utilities are making uneven progress on clean energy when measured against the same standard expected of larger regulated utilities in the state. (Energy News Network)

ALSO: In New York, National Grid plans to make house calls to residents who are behind on their bills, which the company says will just be to provide information, not collect payments. (Times Union)

POLITICS:
Ahead of a gubernatorial election, New Jersey advocates think Gov. Phil Murphy could do more on climate change but prefer him to his Republican challenger, who focuses more on weather preparedness than energy transition concerns. (Gothamist)
New York voters will decide whether to amend the state constitution to guarantee residents the right to clean air and water, which would create a legal avenue to challenge environmental injustices. (Democrat & Chronicle)

PIPELINES: A Pennsylvania judge orders officials in a southeastern township to release emails with the Mariner East pipeline developer over drinking water safety after a construction incident. (Natural Gas Intelligence)

HYDROELECTRIC:
Several conservation groups file a motion in federal court to force a hydropower operator to halt operations on three Maine dams to allow Atlantic salmon to safely migrate. (Bangor Daily News)
A former operator of a New York hydroelectric dam has about a month to explain to federal regulators why it shouldn’t pay a six-figure penalty despite not making crucial repairs. (RTO Insider, subscription)

SOLAR: Marshfield, Massachusetts, residents vote against a zoning change that would have expanded where solar farms can be sited. (Patriot Ledger)

GAS:
The family behind Dead River, a century-old fuel distributor in Maine, has sold the business to a private equity firm they say shares their values. (Bangor Daily News)
Some residents of a Pittsburgh-area town fear that a new well pad may push out residents and create a “ghost town.(WTAE)
A main road in a central Massachusetts town was closed yesterday and some houses were evacuated as officials investigated a gas leak. (Mass Live)
Pennsylvania utility regulators give UGI permission to begin a pilot program to incorporate biogas into its supply portfolio. (news release)

TRANSPORTATION: As e-bicycles become more popular, Massachusetts lawmakers discuss whether to allow the zippy vehicles on bicycle paths, debating the safety risks versus environmental benefits. (Boston Globe)

NUCLEAR: A Vermont town wants to redevelop a former nuclear site for housing, recreation and industrial needs, but moving the nuclear waste to a new site has been delayed. (Vermont Public Radio)