GRID: Connecticut regulators are scrutinizing utility recovery of storm costs, with Eversource and United Illuminating having billed customers $544 million over the past decade, and another $230 million coming due from an August 2020 storm. (New Haven Register, subscription)

ALSO:
High winds across the Northeast left thousands of customers without power at times over the weekend, while some areas are still under high wind advisories. (Pocono Record, WWLP)
With some of the worst outage metrics in the country, Maine is looking at how to improve reliability, including through vegetation management pilot projects and authorizing additional power line protective equipment. (Bangor Daily News)

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CLIMATE:
Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker has signed a wide-ranging climate change bill, which includes a pledge to reach net-zero emissions by 2050 among other provisions. (Associated Press, WBUR)
A New Hampshire senator introduces a bill to provide more federal support for regional climate initiatives like the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. (NHPR)

NATURAL GAS: Operators of a New Jersey pipeline ask federal regulators to grant a two-year delay before beginning an expansion project, as proposed compressor stations face strong local opposition. (CentralJersey.com)

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HEAT PUMPS: Maine Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King are proposing refundable federal tax credits to incentivize residential heat pump installations. (Associated Press)

COMMENTARY:
A Rhode Island advocate says that the state needs to pass a comprehensive policy package to ensure that Black and brown communities equally reap the benefits of the state’s offshore wind industry. (Providence Journal)
New York and New Jersey have already said no to the construction of expansion facilities for the Transco pipeline — and federal regulators should respect that, according to an environmental group. (MyCentralJersey.com)
The redevelopment of Connecticut’s State Pier to support offshore wind will help make the state a national climate change leader, according to Ørsted and Eversource executives. (Connecticut Mirror)
As it makes long-term energy planning decisions, New York needs to look at bolstering grid reliability both in the face of severe weather and cyber attacks, according to a New York assemblyman. (Staten Island Media Group)