PIPELINES: New York utility regulators approved a rate increase on nearly 2 million National Grid customers in order to fund what some call the North Brooklyn Pipeline, which local activists and politicians have condemned. (Vice)

ALSO:
New York regulators also approved a separate natural gas rate hike sought by National Grid, but not at the full amount requested. (Newsday)
PennEast Pipeline officials say that despite legal and regulatory challenges, the company anticipates the first phase of the project will wrap up in 2022. (Reuters)
Predicting that a derided pipeline upgrade project will still receive federal authorization, West Milford, New Jersey, officials approve the plan but add financial stipulations they say puts them in a better position. (New Jersey Herald)
New York officials criticize a pipeline upgrade proposal under federal review that they say isn’t in line with the state’s environmental goals. (Times Union)

CLIMATE: A Massachusetts climate researcher says the Northeast has seen more significant temperature increases than anywhere else in the continental U.S. (MassLive)

NATURAL GAS:
New Jersey utility Public Service Enterprise Group plans to sell its 13 fossil-fuel plants but seems set to receive less than half of the assets’ book value; the company will also sell some solar projects. (NJ Spotlight)
Residents of a small central Pennsylvania borough express concern over a proposed gas plant’s proximity to where they live, but the site is zoned for industrial use. (The Express)

TRANSPORTATION:
Philadelphia’s transit agency wants to redesign bus routes to promote equity, increase ridership and achieve further emissions reductions. (Inside Climate News)
In New Jersey, politicians and environmental activists call on the federal government to make “ambitious investments” in clean transportation options. (Morristown Daily Record)

UTILITIES: Central Maine Power’s parent company, Avangrid, faces criticism over its reliability and service record in Maine during a hearing in New Mexico over a proposed merger with a local utility. (Santa Fe New Mexican)

WIND: Rhode Island’s house speaker appoints over a dozen members to a special commission assigned with studying and potentially reconfiguring a state agency with authority over offshore wind development. (Providence Journal)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: An East Hartford, Connecticut, planning commission permits Tesla to open a vehicle servicing center—but the electric automaker cannot sell vehicles or parts. (CleanTechnica)

GRID:
Storms across the Northeast lead to power outages in Massachusetts, Maryland, Pennsylvania and elsewhere. (Boston Globe, WDVM, WBRE/WYOU)
Eversource plans to spend roughly $1.5 million on vegetation management in East Haddam, Connecticut, to improve power reliability. (New Haven Register)
In Maine, Versant Power installs equipment to track outages and connects multiple transmission lines to try to alleviate persistent reliability problems with no clear cause in the Bangor area. (Bangor Daily News)