GAS: The New York City council bans gas hookups for cooking and heating in new buildings or gut renovations, becoming the largest American city to do so; the mayor is expected to let the policy become law. (The City)

ALSO:
Republicans in the Pennsylvania House don’t have the votes to pass a resolution to temporarily stop the state from joining the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. (Associated Press)
National Grid will blend natural gas and hydrogen energy to heat 800 homes in a Long Island town, one of the first projects of its kind in the country. (Newsday)

GRID:
A Maine judge says he’ll quickly make a decision on whether the law approved by voters that blocks Central Maine Power’s transmission expansion corridor is constitutional. (State House News Service)
Opponents of Central Maine Power’s transmission corridor expansion are concerned a provision of the new federal infrastructure package may let the federal government circumvent state decisions on grid expansions and revive the suspended project. (Bangor Daily News)
A PJM Interconnection report on the grid operator’s evolving energy mix underscores that its “reliability standards must evolve,” among other key reliability takeaways. (news release)

SOLAR:
A central New York town still doesn’t have representation on a siting board considering a 200 MW solar farm in its municipal boundaries, despite nominating two board members over a year ago. (The Citizen)
A Maine planning board approves a 7.5 MW solar farm at the Augusta State Airport after developers and state officials eliminated the need for overhead power lines at a recreation area. (Kennebec Journal)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Maine is on track to meet its electric vehicle adoption goal, but residents nevertheless need more infrastructure and financial incentives, according to a report commissioned by the state. (Maine Public Radio)

PIPELINES: A Massachusetts news outlet highlights the arguments opposing and supporting Eversource’s proposed secondary pipeline in Springfield that were on display at a public meeting yesterday. (MassLive)

TRANSPORTATION: New York City’s transit agency will experiment with fare structure changes, like automatically upgrading customers to cost-saving weekly passes once a certain number of trips are made. (Brooklyn Eagle)

UTILITIES: Central Maine Power ranks last in J.D. Power’s 2021 Electric Utility Residential Customer Satisfaction Study. (Portland Press Herald)

REGULATION: Maine Gov. Janet Mills nominates an attorney with extensive utility regulation experience to serve as the state’s public advocate. (Portland Press Herald)

EFFICIENCY: A trade group that represents over 400 New Hampshire employers joins opposition to the state utility regulator’s unpopular energy efficiency defunding decision. (New Hampshire Bulletin)

CLIMATE: Groton, New York, receives $50,000 in state funds to update the village’s climate, sustainability and energy efficiency plans. (Ithaca Voice)

COMMENTARY: A transportation blog takes recent comments made by the head of New York City’s transit agency — who wants the department funded by the state like “an essential service like police and fire and sanitation” — to mean a push for free transit. (Streetsblog NYC)

Bridget Reed Morawski

Bridget is a freelance reporter and newsletter writer based in the Washington, D.C., area. She compiles the Northeast Energy News digest. Bridget primarily writes about energy, conservation and the environment. Originally from Philadelphia, she graduated from Emerson College in 2015 with a degree in journalism and a minor in environmental studies. When she isn’t working on a story, she’s normally on a northern Maine lake or traveling abroad to practice her Spanish language skills.