GAS: Construction still hasn’t begun on the 650 MW Killingly Energy Center proposed for Connecticut, leading New England’s grid operator to ask federal regulators to let it end the facility’s capacity contract. (POWER)

GRID:
Maine’s environmental commissioner will consider the results of the recent referendum when deciding whether to suspend the permit for Central Maine Power’s much-derided transmission line, although the utility can continue construction in the meantime. (News Center Maine)
New England’s grid operator reports that electrification plans will increase the region’s power requirements by 1.1% every year of the next decade. (Utility Dive)

TRANSPORTATION:
New York officials anticipate checking a number of transportation projects off their wish list as the state is poised to receive billions in federal infrastructure bill funding. (Gothamist)
A leading Republican Connecticut lawmaker hopes federal infrastructure bill funding will “quench the thirst” for the Transportation and Climate Initiative. (NBC Connecticut)

EQUITY: A University of Vermont study finds vulnerable groups were less likely to benefit from the state’s energy policies; specifically, race was “significantly associated with energy vulnerability.(VT Digger)

SOLAR:
Maine state officials want to install a 7.5 MW solar array at an Augusta airport, but local representatives worry the necessary power lines will cut through adjacent forestland. (Portland Press Herald)
A Maine town board decides not to instate a solar moratorium roughly a week after developers proposed a new development, while voters in a different Maine town approve new regulations on local solar projects. (Sun Journal)

CLIMATE:
Easton, Pennsylvania, adopts a climate plan that includes a 100% renewable energy goal and energy efficiency requirements, as well as equity targets like installing rooftop solar on low-to-moderate income homes. (LehighValleyLive.com)
Coastal Connecticut towns grapple with the fact that their homes, businesses and ways of life are directly threatened by the sea level rise and intensifying storms connected to the climate crisis. (Hartford Courant)
New York officials will conduct a multi-year climate change analysis to forecast how the crisis will impact the state while identifying mitigation options. (SILive.com)

UTILITIES:
Environmental advocates say a Pennsylvania bill won’t give residents “energy choice” as advertised but will lock municipalities into whatever energy sources they currently have. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)
Starting in January, Connecticut customers of United Illuminating and Eversource will see their standard offer service supply charges increase by 10.4% and 21%, respectively. (New Haven Register)

HYDROELECTRIC: A major hydroelectric operator intends to relocate its national control center from Massachusetts to a New York town because the cost of business in the New England state is too high. (Post Star)

COMMENTARY: A Maine editorial board that opposed the recent transmission line referendum says Central Maine Power should respect the people’s decision and at least hold off on further construction until the courts hear the matter. (Bangor Daily News)