TRANSMISSION: While natural gas companies have spent millions to oppose the Clean Energy Connect transmission line, backers of the project say Hydro-Québec’s missteps have not helped. (The Narwhal)

TRANSPORTATION:
The Portland, Maine, city council asks state transit officials to pause work on a highway project, saying it is incompatible with state and local climate plans. (Portland Press Herald)
Connecticut’s fare-free bus program has brought its ridership levels up to 90% of pre-COVID levels. (Hartford Courant)

SOLAR:
New Jersey now has over 4 GW of installed solar projects, according to a state regulatory report. (news release)
In northern New York, a developer holds a meeting with nearby residents to discuss its proposed 240 MW solar farm, which some farm advocates say would bring less business to the area than tillable acreage. (NNY360)
Noting that zoning powers reside with the state, officials in a western New York town look to negotiate with a solar developer to tweak a local project. (Lockport Union-Sun & Journal)

CLIMATE:
New Hampshire’s coastal towns are already seeing climate change exacerbate flooding – impacting homes, municipal property and a regional history museum. (New Hampshire Bulletin)
As New Hampshire summers get hotter, the likelihood of thriving cyanobacteria blooms in local water bodies increases. (New Hampshire Public Radio)

GAS:
The Springfield, Massachusetts, city council plans to vote on a resolution today opposing a proposed underground gas pipeline that would go through their jurisdiction. (WAMC)
A small Pennsylvania college plans to construct a $1.5 million commercial-scale anaerobic digester this fall after years of using a smaller version to make methane gas. (Sentinel)

GRID:
The developers separately building two large energy storage projects in Massachusetts seek approvals from state regulators despite local moratoriums. (Energy Storage News)
A 78-mile transmission line upgrade spanning New York’s St. Lawrence and Lewis counties is roughly two-thirds complete and should be done by 2023. (NNY360)

UTILITIES:
In northern New York, a town board’s subcommittee recommends locking in lower power rates and 100% renewable energy through a community choice aggregation program. (NNY360)
Retail energy suppliers fight against a Massachusetts proposal to end their ability to sign new or renew existing contracts. (Utility Dive)

CLEAN ENERGY: PNC Bank signs a renewable power purchase agreement accounting for roughly half of its operations in states including Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey, Delaware and the District of Columbia. (WMBD)

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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.