CLIMATE: Despite continued public reservations about the legislation, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker signs off on a climate law that includes, among other policies, the elimination of an offshore wind power price cap. (GBH) 

ALSO:
• The federal Inflation Reduction Act, which still needs House approval and President Biden’s signature, leaves environmentalists in states like Rhode Island and New York cheering over funding for projects supporting state climate goals. (ecoRI, The City)
• A rare joint New Jersey environmental legislative committee hearing this week looked at bills to accelerate the state’s clean energy transition and force the state pension to divest from fossil fuels. (NJ Spotlight)

FOSSIL FUELS: Three energy majors will collectively pay $1.8 million in a settlement with Rhode Island over selling a gasoline additive despite soil and groundwater contamination concerns. (Boston Globe)

EFFICIENCY: New electric heat pump and related workforce incentives in Rhode Island may provide relief to the many households feeling the pinch of rising energy costs. (ecoRI)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
A Boston-area town becomes one of the first in the nation to install pole-mounted electric vehicle infrastructure, adding 15 charging ports across its streets. (Boston.com)
IKEA will install delivery fleet electric vehicle chargers and “ultra-fast” public chargers to 25 stores, including locations throughout the Northeast. (Daily Record)

SOLAR: A developer wraps up construction on a 5 MW solar array in western New York for a county’s water utility. (news release) 

TRANSPORTATION: In response to New York City congestion pricing plans, New Jersey lawmakers file legislation to offer incentives to New York companies that open offices in New Jersey. (CBS New York)

BIOMASS: The town of Berlin, New Hampshire, earns a $19 million federal grant to use a nearby biomass facility’s waste heat to melt snow on sidewalks and streets. (New Hampshire Bulletin)

GRID: New York public utility commissioners authorize reconstruction of a 100-mile transmission line owned and operated by New York Power Authority and National Grid that spans five northern counties. (news release)

AFFORDABILITY: Central Maine Power files a rate hike request that Maine Gov. Janet Mills’ office has already come out against. (WMTW, Portland Press Herald)

MINING: A Cornell University research team is among five finalists in a federal contest to develop technology solutions to recover lithium — a critical metal needed for the clean energy transition — from geothermal sources. (Stockhead)

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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.