CLIMATE: Every New England state except New Hampshire has adopted climate laws requiring greenhouse gas emissions reduction, laying the foundation to secure Inflation Reduction Act funds. (Energy News Network)

ALSO: A Massachusetts public radio station looks at the ways that cities, towns and small groups are trying to reduce or alter paved surfaces to increase cooling. (WBUR)

GRID:
• A Maine judge rejects Central Maine Power’s request to resume constructing its controversial transmission project, which the company said needs to happen soon for the project to remain economically rational. (Kennebec Journal)
• ISO-New England could see wintertime capacity shortfalls under lengthy cold periods this year, federal regulators say, making it one of three grid operators across the country facing power supply constraints. (Utility Dive)
• National Grid will adopt a Massachusetts company’s grid monitoring technology on its western New York power lines in what is reportedly its largest grid expansion without any additional build-out to date. (electrek)
• Workers construct a new substation and almost 300 transmission line poles as part of a $615 million project to rebuild 93 miles of transmission lines in the Albany, New York, area. (Times Union)

UTILITIES:
• Vermont utility regulators authorize a semiconductor company — one of the state’s largest employers and energy consumers — to create its own power utility to have more control over its power costs. (Seven Days)
• In Massachusetts, two solar companies file a lawsuit proposing a class action against National Grid, claiming it’s illegally charging grid interconnection taxes, among other accusations. (Law360)

TRANSIT: Roughly three months after Amtrak’s Vermont route was extended, ridership has increased 51% compared to the same period in 2019, blowing past officials’ predictions. (Vermont Business Magazine)

EFFICIENCY: New York officials fund an energy efficiency project at an Albany public housing center, including geothermal heat pump systems, improved insulation and air sealing. (news release)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Amid state and federal infrastructure plans, a Vermont town considers allowing more electric vehicle fast chargers. (Bennington Banner)

BIOGAS:
• Vermont utility commission staff recommend regulators authorize Vermont Gas Systems to purchase a New York landfill’s biogas, despite environmentalists’ concern about the fuel’s climate mitigation potential. (Seven Days)
• West Haven, Connecticut, will soon kick off the state’s largest food scrap collection program, which will be anaerobically digested. (Patch)

HYDROELECTRIC: A Pennsylvania town council allows a Massachusetts company to conduct tests for a small hydroelectric facility proposed for the Lehigh River. (Lehigh Valley Live)

AFFORDABILITY: Dozens of Massachusetts state legislators tell state utility regulators to stop or alleviate the burden of additional rate hikes this winter, fearing a public health crisis impacting the state’s most vulnerable. (Patch)

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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.