OFFSHORE WIND: Fishers tasked with advising Rhode Island on offshore wind development decry a “backroom deal” between state coastal regulators and the developers of the South Fork project to reduce the number of turbines installed and establish a fishing compensation fund. (Providence Journal)

GRID:
Maine’s secretary of state finalizes the wording of a Nov. 2 ballot question that will determine the future of the New England Clean Energy Connect transmission line. (Portland Press-Herald)
Pennsylvania regulators reject a controversial transmission project that would have run from two south-central counties into Maryland. (PennLive)
Maine regulators consider a pilot project to install a $1 million battery at a Portland terminal to power up a new hybrid diesel-electric ferry. (Portland Press Herald)
In Washington, D.C., a massive wastewater treatment plant wants recommendations for designing, installing and operating a microgrid. (Microgrid Knowledge)

UTILITIES:
A state-imposed utility payment moratorium protecting hundreds of thousands of New Jersey ratepayers from paying a collective $650 million in debt will likely expire by the end of June. (NJ Spotlight)
Some Long Island Power Authority ratepayers call on officials to drop their contract with PSEG and become a completely public utility through testimony at a virtual public hearing. (Newsday)

NATURAL GAS: Pennsylvania Democrats plan to sponsor a package of bills that aim to increase transparency and oversight of the fracking industry after an investigatory report revealed families living near wells developed unexplained health issues. (WBRE/WYOU-TV)

SOLAR:
A developer wants a zoning exception to install three 5 MW solar arrays on industrial property in upstate New York, separate from its proposal for a single 5 MW array on nearby rural residential property. (Lockport Union-Sun & Journal)
A central Maine planning board approves construction of a roughly 3.9 MW solar array, which is expected to take about six months. (Sun Journal)
A Rhode Island metalcaster installs a 40-kW solar array to power operations, which it acknowledges are criticized for its energy consumption. (news release)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
New York City’s transit agency plans to buy 60 all-electric buses by the end of the year, roughly a quarter more than previously announced. (New York Daily News)
Long Island leads New York sales of electric passenger vehicles, accounting for a third of all purchases. (CBS 2 New York)
Four new electric vehicle fast chargers are available at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, with plans for six more underway. (Patch.com)

COAL: A New York youth climate group wants the state’s teachers retirement system to divest of the coal stocks in its pension portfolio. (Times Union)