UTILITIES: New England ratepayers faced $536 million in extra charges over 13  months to keep a soon-to-be-retired Massachusetts natural gas plant running in case of regional power shortages, according to grid operator ISO-New England. (CommonWealth)

ALSO: Creditors improve the New York Power Authority’s bond rating after it successfully builds two major transmission lines, and as the public utility’s temporary leader becomes permanent. (Times Union)

• As southeastern Pennsylvania labor leaders and gas industry supporters have tried to raise support for a gas liquefaction plant and export terminal on the Delaware River, residents remain concerned about pollution and blight. (Philadelphia Inquirer)
• After a house explosion in eastern Pennsylvania kills six people, a gas utility tells residents to install alarms that could alert them to natural gas system problems. (TribLive)

CLEAN ENERGY: Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, alerts towns that it’s considering adopting a property assessed clean energy program to help finance clean energy and efficiency projects. (Lancaster Online)

STORAGE: MIT researchers say they’ve developed an energy storage system out of cement, water and carbon that could charge electric vehicles and power homes without batteries. (Boston Globe, subscription)

OFFSHORE WIND: Massachusetts high schools and community colleges are investing in offshore wind worker training programs as the state looks to become an industry leader. (New Bedford Light) 

OVERSIGHT: A lawsuit over federal regulator’s approval of a gas pipeline spanning Pennsylvania, Maryland and New Jersey could set a standard for how regulators assess fossil fuel projects that contradict state climate policies. (E&E News)

SOLAR: The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities votes to make its community solar pilot program permanent. (ROI-NJ)

• New Jersey starts accepting public comment on its plan to phase out combustion vehicle sales by 2035. (New Jersey Monitor)
• A Watertown, Massachusetts, company developed a wireless charger for electric vehicles, which is slowly rolling out in a Hyundai EV and two Chinese car models. (Boston Globe)
• Supporters and opposers of Connecticut’s plan to phase out combustion vehicle sales by 2035 speak out in a public hearing. (Hartford Courant, subscription)

• Pennsylvania’s fifth-largest county unveils a sustainability plan that calls for quickly reducing emissions and boosting renewable energy deployment 10% in the next 5 years. (WHYY)
• After flooding wrecked a New Hampshire town’s road two years in a row, leaders are unsure if they can afford to keep rebuilding — a dilemma that’s also affecting other towns as climate change makes the state wetter. (NHPR)
• Vermont residents affected by July’s flooding can soon apply for Efficiency Vermont funding to replace home heating systems and other appliances. (VTDigger)
• A week of extreme heat in July sent 64 Mainers to emergency rooms, 10 more than sought medical attention during last year’s hottest week. (Bangor Daily News)

AFFORDABILITY: A New York legislator looks to make more low-income residents eligible for an air conditioner subsidy program. (City Limits)

HYDROPOWER: A building at a hydroelectric plant in western Massachusetts collapses and partially burns. (Boston Globe)

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