• New York Gov. Kathy Hochul announces two new transmission lines to move 2.6 GW of wind, solar and hydropower to the New York City area, as well as a goal of 10 GW of distributed solar by 2030. (Bloomberg, S&P Global)
• Hydro-Québec enters a tentative 25-year, $20 billion agreement to provide electricity to New York City via one of the new lines, with Premier Francois Legault calling the province the “battery of North America.” (CBC)
• Gov. Hochul says the plan will help shut down fossil fuel plants like the Astoria Generating Station in Queens, in an area dubbed “asthma alley.” (Patch)

• Massachusetts officials announce a new Commission on Clean Heat aimed at reducing emissions from buildings, believed to be the first commission of its kind in the U.S. (Boston Globe)
• Pennsylvania officials announce plans to bring Presque Isle State Park to net-zero energy consumption through clean energy development and efficiency. (

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Clean transportation advocates are “largely very supportive” of Massachusetts utilities’ plans to spend $470 million on new charging infrastructure. (Energy News Network)

CLIMATE: A New Hampshire judge rejects an argument that the urgency of climate change justified protesters blocking a coal train in 2019. (New Hampshire Public Radio)

• A fishing industry leader discusses her organization’s lawsuit against the Vineyard Wind project. (CommonWealth Magazine)
• Maryland regulators will hold public hearings next week on the Skipjack offshore wind farm. (WMDT)

• Vermont regulators reject a 500 kW solar project because it “would have an undue adverse effect on aesthetics.” (VT Digger)
• Construction is expected to begin this fall on a 16 MW solar array on a former paper mill site in New Jersey. (Solar Power World)
• Developers say a 5 MW community solar project outside Bangor, Maine, will be completed by November. (News Center Maine)
• Cape Cod officials grant initial approval for a 3.1 MW solar array proposed on a former golf driving range. (Cape Cod Times)
• City officials in Manchester, New Hampshire, break ground on a solar array at a former landfill site. (Manchester Ink Link)

NUCLEAR: Decommissioning of the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant is running ahead of schedule, and may be completed as early as 2024. (WCAX)

COMMENTARY: A Pennsylvania public health advocate says cutting emissions is vital to address environmental racism. (Philadelphia Tribune)

Ken is the director of the Energy News Network at Fresh Energy and is a founding editor of both Midwest Energy News and Southeast Energy News. Prior to joining Fresh Energy, he was the managing editor for online news at Minnesota Public Radio. He started his journalism career in 2002 as a copy editor for the Duluth News Tribune before spending five years at the Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Washington, where he worked as a copy editor, online producer, features editor and night city editor. A Nebraska native, Ken has a bachelor's degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a master's degree from the University of Oregon. He is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and Investigative Reporters and Editors.