SOLAR: Two environmental advocacy organizations appeal a permit issued for an 80 MW solar array in Pennsylvania’s Pocono Township because of deforestation and runoff concerns. (Pocono Record)

OFFSHORE WIND:
Federal officials want the public’s opinion on selling wind development rights along Maine’s coast as well as plans for a pilot deploying floating wind turbines, which would be the first in the U.S. (Bloomberg)
An offshore wind developer buys a popular block along an Atlantic City, New Jersey, boardwalk for “future project facilities,” leaving locals wondering what’s planned for the space. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

GRID:
Pennsylvania ratepayers can’t opt out of their home smart meters unless the devices interfere with a medical condition that can be backed up with evidence, the state’s top court rules. (Law360)
In New York City, an electric vehicle rental company’s charging station will implement vehicle-to-grid technology, making it the first such program to connect to ConEd’s system. (Crain’s New York)

FOSSIL FUELS:
Bangor, Maine, is still cleaning up coal tar contamination in the Penobscot River, half a century after a polluting riverside gas plant closed and 15 years after the state required a cleanup. (Bangor Daily News)
In Vermont, a man files a citizens’ petition to require a community vote regarding whether a gas utility’s authorized easement should be vacated. (Addison County Independent)

BIOFUELS: New York City’s new composting problem promises to turn organic waste into “clean, renewable energy,” drawing allegations of greenwashing from experts. (Vice)

CLIMATE:
Federal scientists mull whether to set an earlier start date for the North Atlantic hurricane season, as major storms regularly threaten the U.S. before the official start. (ABC News)
New York state officials outfit a fleet of Toyota Priuses with air monitoring equipment to develop a block-by-block understanding of pollution levels in New York City. (Gothamist)
A New York City neighborhood demands more representation as city officials prepare to demolish a park to make it more climate resilient. (The City)
A nonprofit research organization says Maine counties will see twice as many summer days above 90 degrees within the next 30 years. (Sun Journal)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: In Washington, D.C., American University rolls out electric scooters for students, faculty and staff to zip around campus. (WTOP)

AFFORDABILITY: Democrats in New York’s Ulster County legislature decide to eliminate bus fares on their local transit system over objections by their Republican colleagues. (Daily Freeman)

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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.