Northeast Energy News is one of five regional services published by the Energy News Network. Today’s edition was compiled by Bridget Reed Morawski.

UTILITIES: Baltimore Gas & Electric is sued by seven Black former employees who allege over a decade of consistently racist treatment and that they faced workplace retaliation for filing complaints. (Baltimore Sun)

TRANSIT: New trains being built to increase Northeast ridership capacity on Amtrak’s speedy Acela line won’t be delivered until fall 2023 — more than two years later than planned. (Washington Post)

WIND: Two years after Maine’s goal of 3 GW of wind power by 2020 should have been met, the state has only installed about a third as much capacity. (Maine Public)

GAS:
A health organization releases a white paper highlighting how Pennsylvania officials have failed to protect state residents from the health impacts of fracking. (Environmental Health News)
Some business groups push back on pending Massachusetts legislation that would allow 10 communities to ban new gas hook-ups, warning of higher housing costs. (Boston Globe)

SOLAR:
Maine legislators consider bills addressing solar incentives that the state’s public advocate says attempt to balance the cost burden between the solar industry and ratepayers. (Portland Press Herald)
As out-of-state solar companies set up shop in Maine, local advocates want to see more community-owned and -operated solar cooperatives established. (Portland Press Herald)
New Jersey utility regulators pitch new rules to help the state reach its massive solar production goals while dictating what types of land can host arrays. (RTO Insider, subscription)
A Vermont utility’s planned demand response pilot intends to offer lower rates to 500 low-to-moderate-income customers who shift their energy consumption to daytime hours when solar power is generated. (Burlington Free Press)

GRID:
The permitting process for New York’s Champlain Hudson transmission line may foreshadow if other major decarbonization projects can clear regulatory hurdles. (HuffPost)
Many battery storage projects are added to the interconnection queue as New York seeks to install 6 GW of storage by 2030, but that pace may slow as prices for metals and other materials rise. (Utility Dive)

CLIMATE:
Despite its Republican governor’s opposition, Maryland now has the country’s strongest emissions reduction law, exceeding targets even in liberal-leaning California. (S&P Global)
In November, New York voters will decide whether to approve a $4.2 billion bond act that would help fund offshore wind projects, electric school buses and other projects intended to curb climate change. (NY1)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A northern New York city installs six electric vehicle charging stations for public use, using state subsidies to cover much of the cost. (NNY360)

CLEAN ENERGY: A nonprofit grants the University of Buffalo around $50,000 to develop equipment to improve the reaction times of energy materials found in photovoltaic cells and certain batteries. (Buffalo News)

COMMENTARY:
A national environmental nonprofit calls plans to use trains and trucks to move liquified gas from northeastern Pennsylvania to a New Jersey terminal an unprecedented, dangerous move. (NRDC)
A solar company spokesperson explains how renewing the federal solar tax credit could help mid-Atlantic states reach their solar goals while reducing residential utility bills. (Philadelphia Inquirer, subscription)

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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.