GRID: Maine environmental officials formally notify the developers of the New England Clean Energy Connect transmission line that construction may resume. (Bangor Daily News)

• Maine is only 21% of the way toward its goal of deploying 300 MW of energy storage systems by 2025. (Bangor Daily News)
• In a first for Orange County, New York, a newly completed 12 MW battery storage system will serve as a non-wires transmission alternative to provide power to 7,500 customers. (Warwick Advertiser)

Despite setbacks, Virginian community solar advocates are optimistic that recent policy breakthroughs in Maryland and the District of Columbia will benefit their case in the next legislative session. (Energy News Network)
• In Rhode Island, Westerly Hospital signs a power purchase agreement with a nearby 28,000-panel solar farm, making it the first Yale University-affiliated hospital to subscribe to solar. (Westerly Sun)
• Construction begins on a 10 MW community solar project sited on a landfill that will be capped in Berkeley, New Jersey. (NJBiz)

• A new U.S. EPA proposal would force many fossil fuel-fired power plants to eliminate almost all emissions in roughly a decade, including in Pennsylvania, which has the fourth highest energy-related emissions in the nation. (WHYY)
• In New York’s Finger Lakes region, community members call for the timely closure of a landfill and its renewable natural gas facility. (Gothamist)
• Seven peaker plants in New York City might remain online for years because they were built under more stringent conditions than older peaker plants, which face uncertain futures. (LoHud)
• A new Siena College poll finds New York voters are roughly split on their sentiment towards the recently passed end to natural gas hookups in new construction, with 40% supportive and 39% against it. (Spectrum News 1)
• Two buildings were evacuated in Westbrook, Maine, following the detection of a pipe leak that created an “explosive concentration of gas.(WMTW)

CLIMATE: Researchers measure concentrations of gases created by North Atlantic right whales’ food source to determine where climate change is leading the whale and its prey to migrate. (WBUR)

• A New York plan to change the state’s emissions accounting method would lead the state to burn fossil fuels for longer, experts say. (Politico)
• An interchamber argument on Massachusetts legislature rules causes the House and Senate chairs of the utilities and energy committee to hold dueling panels on offshore wind and energy storage. (CommonWealth Magazine)
• The Maine Public Utilities Commission has a new commissioner: Carolyn Gilbert, a Cape Elizabeth resident who most recently has served as a national energy consultancy’s managing consultant. (news release)

UTILITIES: A now-former Connecticut municipal utility CEO is sentenced to a year in prison and three months supervised release over misuse of utility funds, including for extravagant vacations (Hartford Courant)

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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.