GRID: In a draft decision, Massachusetts’ energy siting board recommends allowing Eversource to avoid seeking 14 environmental permits to build a contentious East Boston substation. (WBUR)

ALSO:
• In New York City, construction on a transmission line project between Long Island City and a Queens neighborhood is expected to wrap up in the spring. (Patch)
• A Long Island, New York, planning board schedules a December public hearing over a proposed 60 MW lithium-ion battery storage system, accompanying substation and related infrastructure. (Suffolk Times)
• A Vermont official explains how critical storage systems will be to the state’s decarbonization. (WCAX)

TRANSIT:
• In Washington, D.C., city officials will increase the number of e-scooters in the city by 40% and cap the number of operating companies to five, as new incentives encourage micromobility growth. (Washington Post)
• Massachusetts’ governor elect, Maura Healey, says she will appoint a new general manager of Boston’s transit agency before she formally assumes her new position. (Boston Herald)
• Revel, an electric moped micromobility company, will exit the Washington, D.C., market in about two weeks; operations will continue in New York City. (DCist)

BUILDINGS:
• Rhode Island officials say $63.8 million in Inflation Reduction Act funds will go toward getting an energy efficiency program and a home heat pump rebate off the ground. (ecoRI)
• A developer turning a former royal residence in New Jersey into a luxury hotel and spa is the first beneficiary of the state’s commercial property assessed clean energy program. (MyCentralJersey.com)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Pennsylvania’ utility commission creates a working group to study whether the state’s electric rates should be reevaluated to ensure electric vehicle adoption costs are proportionately distributed. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

CLEAN ENERGY:
• An oil driller and a renewable developer partner on plans to build over 3 GW of renewable energy generation and storage projects across the PJM Interconnection territory, including in Pennsylvania. (news release)
• National Grid’s parent company pledges during an earnings call to raise its clean energy transition spending to roughly $34 billion every year. (Investing.com)

CLIMATE:
• Kingston, New York, downgrades its drought emergency to a drought alert, transitioning from roughly three months of mandatory water conservation measures to voluntary actions. (Daily Freeman)
• Vermont Democrats, now holding a supermajority in the state’s general assembly, plan to again try to pass legislation creating a clean heat standard and fuel credit marketplace, among other decarbonization initiatives. (WCAX)
• A southern Maine nonprofit publishes a report describing how warming temperatures in the Casco Bay support invasive species and harms local creatures and plant life. (Maine Public Radio)

SOLAR: A proposed solar and storage project in Canton, New York, drives two dozen residents to speak out against it at a town board meeting. (NNY360)

PROTESTS: The main entrance to New Jersey’s Teterboro Airport was blocked yesterday afternoon by climate activists, seven of whom were reportedly arrested. (NBC New York)

FUEL CELLS: Plug Power officials announce during an earnings call that a fuel cell factory under construction in the Albany, New York, area will soon be completed. (Times Union)

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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.