CLEAN ENERGY: Although New York officials say they’re on track to meet a 70% renewable electricity goal by 2030, the state still needs to build 100 times more large-scale solar, battery storage and offshore wind facilities in the next five years than it has in the past decade. (New York Focus)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• A news outlet’s investigation finds most fires stemming from e-bike lithium-ion batteries are occurring in lower-income neighborhoods, with most in multi-unit rentals or one- or two-family homes. (The City)
• An eastern New York town completes construction of eight new charging stations split between the city hall and a park. (Saratogian)

SOLAR:
• The board of Rotterdam, New York, unanimously institutes a 12-month-long solar project moratorium as it updates the city code. (Daily Gazette)
• Some Maine conversation groups and residents who support solar energy say they worry the industry is cutting too deep into the state’s forestlands. (Bangor Daily News)

OFFSHORE WIND: In New York City, two Staten Island parcels may end up as offshore wind supply chain sites and have their LNG tanks removed in the process. (SI Live)

CLIMATE:
• A New York climate, justice and labor coalition campaigns for the state to spend $10 billion to achieve the goals of its major climate act. (Times Union)
• As New Jersey pursues its climate lawsuit against the fossil fuel industry, stakeholders consider how it can win. (Gothamist)
• A Maryland county withdraws its request to contract with a law firm on a potential climate lawsuit at the firm’s request. (Baltimore Sun)
• Maine wreath-makers see a shorter season than ever this year to harvest balsam fir branches because of high temperatures extending into the fall. (Bangor Daily News)

TRANSIT: Numerous speakers at a Rhode Island transportation committee meeting say the state is missing the mark on revamping its transit system, which will hurt public health and progress on climate goals. (ecoRI)

UTILITIES: The Saugerties, New York, board can’t agree on whether to try community choice aggregation again after the utility tasked with implementing the town’s first attempt failed to uphold its contract. (Daily Freeman)

AFFORDABILITY: Connecticut’s governor and top legislative leaders agree to increase heating oil assistance and extend a gasoline tax and public bus fare waiver. (New Haven Register)

INCINERATION: The public agency that runs a recently closed incineration plant faces scrutiny over its decommissioning plans, but the agency’s leader say it’s not responsible for redeveloping the site. (Hartford Business)

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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.