SOLAR: New Hampshire raises its net metering limit for cities and towns from 1 MW to 5 MW following years of opposition from the governor. (New Hampshire Public Radio)

ALSO:
• Altus Power acquires a 79 MW portfolio that primarily consists of commercial and industrial solar farms in the Northeast. (PV magazine)
• Several Shaw’s grocery stores in Maine will run off the power generated by a 6.6 MW DC ground-mounted solar array currently under construction in Norridgewock, Maine. (news release)

UTILITIES:
• Eversource Energy hasn’t paid property taxes in Springfield, Massachusetts, for nearly a decade, accruing a debt of $44 million including interest; the utility contests the bill. (MassLive, subscription)
• Federal regulators approve a request to split Exelon into two independent power companies despite criticism from the consumer advocates of Pennsylvania and New Jersey. (S&P Global)
• The number of Pennsylvania residents at risk for utility shut-offs has fallen in recent months, but past-due balances have risen to $664 million across almost 750,000 residential accounts. (WHTM)

OIL & GAS:
• A popular South Portland, Maine, beach may reopen this weekend following a motor oil spill earlier in the week that officials say is almost cleaned up. (Portland Press Herald)
• Pennsylvania regulators reject Philadelphia Gas Works’ proposed pilot project to blend small amounts of renewable natural gas with its typical natural gas over the project’s cost. (Philadelphia Inquirer)
• Pennsylvania regulators deny an appeal by Peco Energy’s natural gas business to raise rates significantly above an already approved 8.3% hike. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

CLIMATE: Boston’s acting mayor withdraws a zoning plan for an elaborate redevelopment of the Boston Harbor in part due to sustainability and resiliency concerns; the mayor will need the governor’s office to actually rescind the plan. (Boston.com)

WIND:
• A lawsuit filed by Nantucket residents against Vineyard Wind is supported by one of former President Donald Trump’s environmental advisors. (E&E News)
• New Hampshire regulators approve the sale of a 99 MW wind farm in the state’s northeasternmost county. (Associated Press)
• RWE Renewables begins operating a 125 MW onshore wind farm in western New York. (news release)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Maryland announces funding to install 13 public fast-charging stations and 24 workplace charging stations across the state. (Daily Record)

HYDROELECTRIC: An appraiser in Jay, Maine, has slashed the value of a hydroelectric dam in part due to “excessive deferred maintenance” while nearly doubling the value of a nearby facility. (Sun Journal)

NUCLEAR: Holtec’s nuclear decommissioning division says Massachusetts’ Pilgrim nuclear facility should be fully defuelled by November, while all fissile material has been removed from the Oyster Creek plant in New Jersey. (World Nuclear News)

EFFICIENCY: Small Pennsylvania businesses can now apply for grants of up to $5,000 for energy efficiency and environmental protection projects. (Daily Local)