CLEAN ENERGY: A provision in a Massachusetts law signed in July allows the Bay State to jointly bid with Maine in a clean energy solicitation currently underway that is poised to turn northern Maine into a renewable energy hub. (Boston Globe)

WIND: Maine officials begin testing the viability of constructing an offshore wind hub on Sears Island, despite local pushback against industrializing the conservation and recreation spot. (Bangor Daily News)

FOSSIL FUELS: Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker says he’s uncertain whether he’ll approve a climate bill on his desk over language allowing 10 communities to ban fossil fuel infrastructure in new construction projects. (Commonwealth Magazine)

EQUITY: New Jersey industrialists and labor groups tell state environmental protection officials that draft environmental justice rules would consider too many people to be harmed by pollution. (Bloomberg Law)

SOLAR:
A New York energy siting board rejects a proposal to construct a 180 MW solar farm across three northern towns over wetlands and endangered species concerns. (NNY360)
The town of Jay, Maine, signs a net metering agreement with a solar developer to reduce its electricity costs for two decades. (Sun Journal)
Five new community solar arrays in Maine are collectively adding 31.5 MW of capacity for locals who cannot install panels themselves. (Portsmouth Herald)

CLIMATE:
Changing climate conditions in Maine could allow dozens of invasive species to more easily expand their territory. (Bangor Daily News)
Drought conditions are hurting farms, people and drinking water supplies in New Jersey, New Hampshire and over half of Massachusetts. (NJ Spotlight, New Hampshire Public Radio, WHDH)

TRANSPORT: A new report by New York City’s transit agency looks at how traffic conditions in Manhattan would change under various congestion pricing points, with some as high as $23 during peak hours. (NorthJersey.com)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
Delaware officials request around $18 million from the federal government to increase electric vehicle charging access along key routes. (WHYY)
Hundreds of medical professionals write an open letter to New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy calling for accelerated decarbonization measures, with an emphasis on electrified vehicles and public transit. (NJ Spotlight)

GRID:
Around 60,000 New Jersey homes lost power yesterday when a transmission line snapped, subsequently causing a brushfire. (Daily Record, NBC New York)
A clean energy developer cuts the ribbon on a new 3.08 MW battery energy storage system, sited alongside a solar canopy and bidirectional electric vehicle chargers, in New York City’s Bronx borough. (news release)
Increased demand is leading the Delaware Electric Cooperative to build a new substation near the popular coastal towns of Lewes and Rehoboth Beach. (Delaware Business Times)

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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.