UTILITIES: Pennsylvania regulators lift a moratorium on utility shut-offs imposed during the pandemic but place additional safeguards to protect financially  stressed customers and small businesses. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

ALSO: Thousands of customers in New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island remain without electricity after a windstorm on Wednesday. (WAMC, Boston Herald, Providence Journal, CT Post)

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An environmental group files a complaint with federal officials charging that a proposed power line from Canada to New York City buried under the Hudson River would harm sturgeon habitat. (Albany Times Union)
The head of the transmission company building a power line in Maine for Canadian hydropower says construction could start in a month if one final permit is obtained. (Portland Press Herald)

President Trump pushes fracking as a wedge issue in his campaign, but it is not a top concern among voters, even in Pennsylvania. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)
A U.S. House candidate seeking reelection in New Jersey as a Republican cites the Green New Deal as a reason for leaving the Democratic Party. (E&E News, subscription required)

OFFSHORE WIND: A floating wind turbine under development at the University of Maine is expected to begin testing next year. (WABI)

PIPELINES: Columbia Gas Transmission agrees to pay $156,000 for sedimentation and erosion violations at a pipeline construction project in southweatern Pennsylvania. (Kallanish Energy)

Developers propose leasing a portion of a dragway in New Hampshire to build a 10 MW solar farm. (Seacoastonline)
A solar advocate says by 2025 in New York 25% of behind-the-meter solar will be paired with energy storage. (RTO Insider, subscription required)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Rochester, New York’s transit agency and a Massachusetts school district put new electric buses into service. (Mass Transit, School Transportation News)

CLIMATE: A compilation of reports on climate impacts on Rhode Island shows higher energy costs and lost work days due to increasing frequency of strong storms. (ecoRI)

COMMENTARY: A Jersey City official says the state’s gasoline tax should be replaced by a mileage tax as vehicles transition away from fossil fuels. (NJ Spotlight)

Bill is a freelance journalist based outside Albany, New York. As a former New England correspondent for RTO Insider, he has written about energy for newspapers, magazines and other publications for more than 20 years. He has an extensive career in trade publications and newspapers, mostly focused on the utility sector, covering such issues as restructuring, renewable energy and consumer affairs. Bill covers Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire and also compiles the Northeast Energy News daily email digest.