OFFSHORE WIND: The developers behind the Commonwealth and Mayflower wind projects in Massachusetts say the facilities are “no longer [economically] viable” and that their contracts need to be renegotiated and a regulatory review should be paused. (State House News Service)

ALSO: Federal officials release a draft plan to conserve the North Atlantic right whale around offshore wind projects along the East Coast, with public comments open until December 4. (Associated Press)

EFFICIENCY: A Maine grassroots organization insulates heat-leaking windows through “community builds” in four states that produce thousands of the easy-to-install inserts each year. (Energy News Network)

ELECTRIFICATION:
• New York City’s mayor announces a $4 billion plan to electrify heating in 100 schools by 2030, although some experts say that project could strain the grid. (Gothamist)
• Maryland plans to convert its last coal-heated public school to electric boilers as part of a $4.7 million project that also includes upgraded HVAC. (Cumberland Times-News)

CLIMATE:
• A new study predicts “an active end” to the 2022 North Atlantic hurricane season because of a robust La Niña and warmer ocean temperatures, although experts say forecasting such trends is hard to do. (Newsday)
• A New York news outlet explains what state residents should know before voting on a proposed $4.2 billion bond to improve the state’s climate resilient infrastructure and protect natural resources. (Gothamist)

HURRICANE SANDY ANNIVERSARY:
• A decade after Hurricane Sandy hit, New York City’s transit agency works on projects to keep its waterfront routes dry, but repairs from that storm are still underway. (The City)
• New York forms an office dedicated to climate-resilient homes and communities, building on storm recovery work following Hurricane Sandy. (Brooklyn Eagle)

SOLAR:
• Some residents wonder whether there are too many solar projects in the pipeline in Ticonderoga, New York. (Adirondack Explorer)
• A New York county mulls whether to create a payments in lieu of taxes system for solar developers, with supporters saying it would spur development. (Cortland Voice)

PIPELINES: A Pennsylvania county declines to charge UGI over a gas pipeline explosion that killed a woman on December 25, 2020, but doesn’t explain its rationale. (Daily Voice Northampton)

AFFORDABILITY:
• Rhode Island regulators authorize Rhode Island Energy to raise its natural gas rates by 9.6%, less than the 15% sought by the utility after agreeing to provide millions of dollars worth of credits. (Providence Journal)
• Some Bostonians already are seeing heating oil tank bills running hundreds or even over a thousand dollars more than they paid last year and are worried about the cost of a refill this season. (Boston Globe)

GEOTHERMAL: A geothermal greenhouse in Boston is one example of how Massachusetts is making investments to expand year-round farming. (Civil Eats)

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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.