OFFSHORE WIND: Onshore transmission congestion is a problem for the growing Northeast offshore wind industry, leaving some experts to consider how a subsea power grid might direct power to better interconnection points. (WBUR)

CLIMATE:
• Some New Jersey homes were built based on outdated flood records, leaving them unprepared for future storm surge, while statewide stakeholders argue over proposed new flood rules. (Asbury Park Press)
• New Jersey environmental officials seemingly abandon plans to advance new flood regulations on an emergency basis, with some in the business community saying a regular rulemaking process is more appropriate. (NJ Spotlight)
• Federal energy officials grant $14 million to researchers studying relationships between solar infrastructure, wildlife and ecosystems, including two Northeast colleges. (news release)

GRID: Federal energy regulators approve a settlement directing Coaltrain Energy to pay PJM Interconnection $4 million over allegations it manipulated the grid operator’s marketplace. (Utility Dive)

FOSSIL FUELS:
• In New Hampshire, a lawsuit brought by two environmental nonprofits against a coal plant allegedly breaking its Clean Water Act permit gets its day in court. (NHPR)
• A rural southwestern Pennsylvania community still can’t drink its tap water four months after a frack-out, forcing them to buy bottled water. (Public Source)

SOLAR:
• New Jersey utility regulators waive incentive program rules for 26 solar projects, including some that have more capacity than the program allows and others that had already begun construction or operation after the program opened. (RTO Insider, subscription)
• Over 120 MW worth of solar projects have been selected by National Grid and New York officials for the first round of an underserved community solar program. (news release)
• Four Pennsylvania utilities owned by FirstEnergy Corp. are seeking solar power purchase agreements totaling up to 20 MW. (news release)

FINANCE: As Princeton makes moves toward some fossil fuel divestment, activists at the University of Pennsylvania are still pushing their college to do so and say Princeton’s plan doesn’t go far enough. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

HYDROELECTRIC:
• Speakers at a joint Pennsylvania Senate hearing discuss how hydroelectric development could and already does benefit the state, including the industry’s potential to absorb former coal workers. (Pennsylvania Business Report)
• A Massachusetts municipal utility signs a power purchase agreement for over 7 GWh of hydroelectricity from two Connecticut facilities. (Westfield News)

COAL: Pennsylvania’s governor announces nearly $7 million in grants for nine projects that he says will help coal-focused communities diversify their economies. (news release)

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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.