GAS: Some residents of an apartment building in the Washington, D.C., suburbs that exploded yesterday and injured a dozen people reportedly smelled gas prior to the blast. (CNN)

ALSO: In Washington, D.C., a local councilmember introduces legislation to retrofit 30,000 low-income homes with high-efficiency electric appliances, like induction stoves, heat pumps and heat pump water heaters. (DCist)

OFFSHORE WIND:
• Federal officials identify eight new areas for offshore wind development off the East Coast, including off Maryland and Delaware’s shores. (Offshore Wind Biz)
• Local coverage of a self-described New Jersey community group opposed to offshore wind development neglects to mention it’s funded by a think tank that receives hundreds of thousands of dollars from the oil and gas industry. (Popular Information)

CLIMATE:
• A bill planned for New York’s next legislative session would let municipalities consider values other than cost savings for food procurement, helping New York City buy more climate-friendly products. (City Limits)
• In New York City’s Manhattan borough, officials want the city to expand a curbside composting program recently kicked off in Queens. (Gothamist)

TRANSIT:
• New York’s governor announces ten recipients will split $85 million to advance clean transportation in the state, ranging from electric shuttle services on Long Island to “clean mobility” initiatives in western New York. (news release)
• Amtrak will expand its New York City to Albany route, with two new weekday trains going between the cities starting in December. (Mass Transit)

BUILDINGS:
• Hundreds of people virtually attend a New York City buildings department meeting to advocate for the closure of loopholes letting wealthy building owners avoid efficiency retrofits. (Gothamist)
• In New York, Erie County officials may decide that a new football stadium for the Buffalo Bills doesn’t need to undergo an environmental review, despite decades of precedent to do so around the state. (Investigative Post)
• A New York real estate trade association plans a $150,000 campaign to promote the state climate action council’s draft recommendations around heating, vehicles and appliances. (Albany Business Review)

BIODIESEL: A New York-based biodiesel company says cooking oil and grease thefts in the past year have doubled across its service territory, amounting to around $15 million in annual losses. (Times Union)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A New York City councilmember suggests ways buildings and the city should keep people safe from fires stemming from lithium-ion batteries. (WNYC)

AFFORDABILITY:
• Maine regulators select a 49% higher standard-offer supply rate for many of Central Maine Power’s residential customers. (Portland Press Herald)
• A proposed settlement between Summit Natural Gas and Maine’s public advocate could mean a 49% rate hike for customers over 4.5 years — less than the 200% over seven years initially sought by the utility. (Portland Press Herald)

SOLAR: Red Cross New Jersey works to install a rooftop solar array to make its building net-zero. (news release)

GRID: Delaware Electric Cooperative energizes a new Sussex County substation that utilizes a recycled transformer, intended to support the country’s growing power consumption. (news release)

Editor’s note: Maine regulators selected a 41% higher standard offer power supply rate for Versant Power. An item in yesterday’s digest implied Versant sought the rate increase.

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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.