CLIMATE: New Jersey firefighters say they’ve largely contained the state’s largest wildfire in 15 years; Climate models suggest the state’s properties face significantly increased wildfire risk in the decades ahead. (Washington Post, Gizmodo)

ALSO:
Lawyers for oil and gas firms fighting Rhode Island’s climate crisis liability lawsuit petition a federal appeals court to again prevent the case from being sent back to a state court — a move that often forecasts a U.S. Supreme Court petition. (E&E News, subscription)
In an interview, Boston Mayor Michelle Wu highlights her climate crisis mitigation plans and her motivation for bringing free public transit to the city. (Guardian)

BUILDINGS:
Environmentalists push New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy to approve emergency land use rules that would expand the number of designated flood plains; business groups say the policy should go through the standard rulemaking process. (NJ Spotlight)
New York City climate advocates want the city to accelerate progress toward decarbonizing public school buildings, which mainly use antiquated oil and gas heating systems. (NY Daily News)

OFFSHORE WIND:
Officials with New York’s Port of Albany scramble to remain eligible for a nearly $30 million federal grant for an offshore wind turbine tower assembly facility after cutting down trees without an environmental review. (Times Union)
Only one person testified against a Maryland offshore wind farm proposal during its first federal public hearing. (Maryland Matters)

GRID:
New York utility regulators approve a 135 MW energy storage project in New York City and a new cost-benefit method for transmission upgrades focused on capacity expansion modeling. (Utility Dive)
A federal appeals court strikes down part of a plan by federal energy regulators to pay New England power plants to maintain a three-day supply of on-site fuel for the next two winters. (Utility Dive)

TRANSPORTATION:
Boston’s transit agency takes a series of new trains off the tracks due to a battery failure in one; Massachusetts legislative leaders announce an agency oversight hearing on the same day. (Boston Globe, Boston Herald)
As some state lawmakers propose a $400 million fund to improve safety on Boston’s transit system, Massachusetts transit advocates consider whether that’s enough money to get the job done. (MassLive)
New Jersey legislators send a bill to the governor’s desk that would double funding for electric school buses. (NJ Spotlight)

FOSSIL FUELS: The potential for Pennsylvania crop harvests to be harmed by high prices and rolling diesel fuel outages sends bipartisan fear through the state legislature. (Morning Call)

AFFORDABILITY:
Over 327,000 low-income New Yorkers are set to receive bill credits from a $250 million funding infusion in the state’s energy affordability program. (SI Live)
New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu plans to announce today a plan to help with residential utility bill burdens as one of the state’s investor-owned utilities argues in favor of a rate hike. (InDepthNH)

COMMENTARY: A historian discovers Harriet Tubman’s legacy along Maryland’s Eastern Shore is being washed away by rising coastal marshland waters. (New York 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.