GRID: A Maine board upholds the permit previously granted to Central Maine Power’s controversial New England Clean Energy Connect transmission line, only opting to modify some conditions. (Portland Press Herald)

ALSO:
Central Maine Power officials still need to get their transmission project over further legal hurdles, including the state Supreme Court’s pending decision over the constitutionality of the anti-line voter referendum. (News Center Maine)
Despite some outages this summer, ISO-New England officials say they aren’t concerned about grid reliability in the coming months; their worries still stem from wintertime demand. (Boston Globe)

CLIMATE:
Massachusetts legislators pass a climate bill that, if the governor approves it, will allow ten municipalities to ban new buildings’ gas connections; remove biomass from the state renewable portfolio standard; end certain fossil fuel incentives; and alter offshore wind policies. (Boston Globe)
Nearly $20 million in state infrastructure adaptation grants are slated to support 13 Maine municipalities to gird against the extreme conditions brought by climate change. (Mainebiz)

UTILITIES: Ithaca, New York, could be supplied by a community choice aggregation program as early as spring 2023, which is expected to reduce the city’s carbon emissions by up to 50%. (Ithaca Voice)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Some Maine truck drivers say high diesel prices aren’t enough to get them to switch to electric, while a state motor transport executive says the transition is “in the messy middle.” (Maine Public Radio)

OIL & GAS:
A power outage at a Delaware oil refinery results in excess emissions of carbon monoxide, hydrogen cyanide, ammonia and other harmful gases. (Delaware News Journal)
In Connecticut, New Haven Terminal will pay a $44,400 fine to state energy officials over an oil spill in the New Haven Harbor caused by a leaky pipe roughly five years ago. (New Haven Independent)

NUCLEAR: A report finds that closing New York’s Indian Point nuclear plant drove up the grid’s gas power use by 11 percentage points, which pro-nuclear advocates call a sign to use nuclear to transition away from fossil fuels. (LoHud)

AFFORDABILITY:
In the face of mounting unpaid utility bills, New York City’s council creates a new utility customer advocacy office to assist ratepayers with aid applications, monitor related issues and testify on their behalf. (City Limits)
High heating oil prices leave many Mainers worrying about how they will safely and affordably keep warm this winter. (Maine Public Radio)

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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.