BUILDINGS: Maine will soon become the latest state to offer Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy loans, which let property owners pay for solar, energy efficiency and other projects through a line on their property tax bills. (Energy News Network)

CLIMATE:
• New York City’s public housing agency has a climate resiliency plan to sink some complexes’ basketball courts by several feet to act as flood water reservoirs during the next Hurricane Sandy-level storm. (Grist)
• Sections of New Jersey and New York are still abnormally dry, a continuation of the summertime drought that experts say will persist in the Hudson Valley, North Jersey and even parts of Connecticut. (Gothamist)
• Academics at universities in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont receive a federal grant to jointly study climate resiliency at mobile home parks in the Northeast. (news release)

SOLAR:
• Nearly two-thirds of municipal power needs in South Portland, Maine, will now be offset by a single 4.7 MW solar array sited on a landfill. (news release)
• A New Jersey community college installs 5.4 MW worth of solar parking canopies at two of its campuses. (news release)

OIL & GAS: Oil dealers want Maine’s governor to issue a waiver to reauthorize the import and sale of non-low-sulfur heating oil products to mitigate price jumps. (Maine Wire)

AFFORDABILITY: A news outlet fact check finds that two Connecticut gubernatorial candidates have both made inaccurate claims about utility bill affordability in the state. (CT Insider)

TRANSIT:
• Cities including Boston and New York City are testing out solar-powered e-paper signs with screens akin to an e-reader for a cheaper, higher-contrast transit connection display. (NextCity)
• In Pittsburgh, disability rights advocates say the city’s “mobility as a service” app — through which residents can buy, rent or share a variety of transit services — has created or deepened problems for disabled residents. (Streetsblog USA)

BIOMASS: Rising home heating oil costs lead more Vermonters to try switching to firewood, but wood stove backorders; worker and material shortages; and rising industry costs are forcing companies to deny new customers. (VTDigger)

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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.