COAL: Plans to close Delaware’s last coal-fired power plant this past June have been delayed at least four years because of needed electrical grid upgrades. (Delaware News Journal)

ALSO: A western Pennsylvania creek has flowed orange from coal-mining pollution for decades, but local activists say the transition away from coal is making it harder to get reclamation money. (PublicSource)

EFFICIENCY: To encourage heat pump adoption, Connecticut’s efficiency program begins providing free virtual consultations with heat pump experts and developing a local network of trained installers. (Energy News Network)

CLIMATE:
Climate advocates say a $11.3 billion transportation bond bill passed by Massachusetts legislators is a step in the right direction but not nearly enough to reduce transportation emissions. (Boston Globe)
Roughly $39 million in federal funds will be divided among seven New Jersey municipalities for local flood mitigation and climate resilience projects. (NJ Advance Media)
As Philadelphia’s summers get hotter, some neighborhoods suffer from both the heat island effect and the inability to upgrade or install air conditioning. (WHYY)

SOLAR:
A New Jersey storage facility’s rooftop solar array is the first completed project of a planned ten-site, 6.5 MW community solar project. (Asbury Park Press)
A developer plans to start construction on a 20 MW solar project in a field in a northwestern Pennsylvania county. (Explore Clarion)

CLEAN ENERGY: A marine science center on a small Maine island eliminated 90% of its need for diesel by slowly adding a wind turbine, solar panels and battery storage systems over two decades. (News Center Maine)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Connecticut transportation officials file their electric vehicle charging expansion plans with the federal government as part of the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure plan. (news release)

AFFORDABILITY: With a potential fall rate increase of 47% looming for Rhode Island Energy customers, Rhode Island’s governor asks state regulators to spread the increase out over a longer time period to ease the financial burden. (Boston Globe)

UTILITIES:
New performance standards established by Maine utility regulators don’t include any financial penalties or incentives, despite intervenor encouragement to incorporate either. (Mainebiz)
Participants in a Hudson Valley town’s community choice aggregation program are pushed back onto the local utility’s service after the program’s initial energy supplier defaulted. (Hudson Valley 1)

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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.