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GRID: Facing increasing economic pressure from clean energy, including a massive New Jersey offshore wind plan, power plant operators in the PJM Interconnection are planning to retire 3.2 GW of coal units. (Utility Dive) 

ALSO: A federal appeals court declines a judicial review request from a transmission company, agreeing with federal regulators that ISO New England complied with a competitive bidding requirement for transmission projects. (RTO Insider, subscription)

FOSSIL FUELS:
The developers behind an $800 million liquified natural gas project in Pennsylvania will let their air permit expire and stop construction under a settlement with environmental groups, although it’s unclear whether the company will restart the permitting process . (WNEP)
Maine environmental officials propose new inspection, insurance and flood preparedness rules for marine oil terminals, transportation pipelines and vessels. (National Law Review)

EFFICIENCY: A western New York municipal utility board votes to eliminate its energy efficiency program coordinator role because the type of work and necessary skill set have changed substantially since the job was created. (WRFA)

SOLAR:
New York Gov. Kathy Hochul announces that her state is now the largest community solar market in the country with over 1 GW of installed and operational projects. (news release)
A trio of best friends in New Jersey started their own solar company two years ago — and their business, Green State Solar, is already installing 5 MW annually with a team of over 50 employees. (Asbury Park Press)
Developers have built two new battery storage projects to service community solar projects in Massachusetts. (news release)

OFFSHORE WIND: A southern New Jersey college receives $500,000 in federal funds to bolster its offshore wind workforce-related academic programs. (NJ.com)

TRANSPORTATION:
Connecticut lawmakers may decide today whether to suspend the state’s gasoline tax, a move that would save average drivers about $30 over three months. (Connecticut Public Radio)
Some Pennsylvania officials try to stop a tolling plan for a Susquehanna River bridge that state transit officials say is necessary as vehicle efficiency and electrification reduce gas tax revenues. (Penn Live)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
Free electric vehicle charging may soon end in one town on New York’s Long Island that is paying nearly $2,000 a month to provide the service. (Newsday)
A southern Connecticut town undergoing revitalization projects will soon welcome a fleet of electric scooters to service around 50 pick-up locations. (CT Post)

TRANSIT: The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority says a new transit center will take at least three years to build, which local officials say is way too long of a construction timeline. (Providence Business News)

UTILITIES: A New Hampshire utility sees a looming leap in lineworker retirements up ahead and starts working with community colleges to fill the workforce gap. (WMUR)

CLIMATE: Over 500 Hudson Valley community and business leaders and organizations sign a letter telling New York to host a public meeting on a sweeping climate plan in their area. (Times Union)

CLEAN ENERGY: The University of Vermont and more than a dozen corporate, academic, nonprofits and government agencies form an alliance for clean energy research funding and projects: the Vermont Clean and Resilient Energy Consortium. (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.