GRID: Con Edison pitches a $1 billion plan to construct eight new transmission interconnection points to connect offshore wind farms to the grid in New York City, a proposal the utility says could be operational by 2027. (E&E News)

ALSO: Storms across the Northeast yesterday knocked out power for thousands as far north as Maine, but as of this morning most regional outages appear concentrated in New York and Pennsylvania. (Portland Press Herald, PowerOutage.US, New York Post, WNEP)

GAS:
New Hampshire lawmakers consider allowing gas utilities to source up to 5% of their product from renewable natural gas, despite environmentalists warning the bill won’t limit emissions and lacks accountability measures. (New Hampshire Bulletin)
A plan to capture methane from a New York City wastewater treatment plant to redirect to gas customers has been stalled for over a decade, and environmentalists want more accountability from the utility. (The City)

SOLAR:
Vermont utility officials recommend further reducing net metering rates over equity and overall utility bill concerns. (VT Digger)
Three solar projects totaling 22.5 MW commence operations near Syracuse, New York. (news release)

CLIMATE:
A lack of regional slaughterhouses and animal processing facilities hinders New England farmers from bringing local, small-scale meat to market, a product some say would help limit food-related emissions. (New Hampshire Public Radio)
Maine lawmakers defeat two budget amendments: one to cancel electric vehicle rebates to fund a lengthy gas tax holiday and another to reduce tax surplus reimbursements to pay for climate projects. (Portland Press Herald)
Maine’s growing grain economy may serve as a bulwark against future food system issues stemming from the climate crisis, such as crop failures and supply chain issues. (Maine Public Radio)

UTILITIES:
The odds of Maine Gov. Janet Mills’ utility accountability proposal becoming law don’t look great after the House voted down three versions of the bill. (Portland Press Herald)
The top executive of New Jersey utility Public Service Enterprise Group, Ralph Izzo, is retiring after holding the job for15 years and overseeing major decarbonization projects. (NJ Spotlight)

INCINERATION: Ahead of a large incineration plant’s closure, Connecticut Democrats abandon a plan to help dozens of towns that burn trash at the plant by rerouting ratepayer power generation rebates. (New Haven Register)

TRANSPORTATION:
If Amtrak successfully takes over Washington, D.C.’s Union Station through its eminent domain plan, officials want to make train connections easier and improve rider amenities, among other projects. (Washingtonian)
In D.C., the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority has big plans to develop mixed-use projects in underinvested communities, but economic realities dampen those dreams. (Washington Business Journal)
School superintendents in Maine’s rural Aroostook County discuss whether switch to electric school buses can traverse the many miles needed to transit children to class every weekday. (Bangor Daily News)

EFFICIENCY:
New York officials kick off $72 million of efficiency and emissions reduction projects at two New York City public housing developments. (SILive.com)
Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker is trying to get a heat pump installed at his family home, in part to disprove the myth that the technology doesn’t fully function in cold weather. (State House News Service)

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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.