HEAT: Many New England school buildings weren’t constructed to handle heat, leading Massachusetts students to struggle as classes resume amid a heatwave. (Boston Globe)

ALSO: Connecticut officials say extremely hot, wet conditions this summer have led to a major bump in the state’s mosquito population, as well as cases of West Nile virus. (CT Public)

HYDROPOWER: Federal energy regulators decide not to authorize preliminary studies for a contentious $2.1 billion hydropower dam that would displace some southeast Pennsylvanians, but the developer says it will seek out options to continue. (York Dispatch)

OIL & GAS: The Maryland people’s counsel says Columbia Gas is “moving the goalposts” to continue its gas pipeline replacement projects, despite the state’s climate goals and raise ratepayers’ bills. (Herald-Mail)

• Ørsted’s announcement that it will take up to $2.3 billion in impairments on its U.S. offshore wind portfolio leads a credit ratings agency to downgrade the developer’s outlook from stable to negative. (Utility Dive)
• Ørsted reports supply chain and inflation issues may force the energy giant to cancel financially nonviable projects, but that plans to build Ocean Wind 1 are still on the table even if the project sees construction delays. (KYW)

COAL: The closure of Shenango Coke Works near Pittsburgh led to significant health benefits, leaving activists to wonder how residents would benefit if the nearby Clairton Coke Works shuttered. (NEXT Pittsburgh)

• The Federal Highway Administration grants $315 million to NJ Transit and $110 million to the state’s transportation department to fund mass transit and zero-emissions projects. (NorthJersey.com)
• Maryland’s governor decides to back a proposal sought by his predecessor to delay emissions testing for new cars from three years to six. (Baltimore Sun)

AFFORDABILITY: Maine’s public advocate says Central Maine Power shouldn’t have half of its 2022 storm recovery costs covered by ratepayers because it overspent and overstaffed, an accusation the utility calls “outrageous and irresponsible.(Bangor Daily News, WABI)

SOLAR: The operator of Rhode Island’s Port of Providence says it intends to build a 1.7 MW solar array on one of its industrial rooftops. (news release)

BUILDINGS:  The application period has opened up for Rhode Island’s $25 million clean heat rebate program for high-efficiency heat pumps. (Rhode Island Current)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A small Maryland town installs its first electric vehicle charging station at its train station to support economic development and local EV drivers. (Frederick News-Post)

• In Maine, a Colby College professor and his class study the feedback loop driving climate change and wildfires. (Portland Press Herald)
• Record rainfall in recent months is causing Lake Champlain’s water levels to be roughly three feet higher than average. (WCAX)
• A New York City climate activist receives a $200,000 award for her work supporting the city’s public housing community, money she says she will funnel into a policy and planning nonprofit. (Gothamist)

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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.