CLEAN ENERGY: New Jersey again diverts money from its utility ratepayer-supported clean energy fund to pay for NJ Transit despite the availability of billions in unspent federal aid and highest-ever tax collections. (NJ Spotlight)

CLIMATE: Arguments for two separate lawsuits against Pennsylvania’s entrance into the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative will be heard this fall. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)

LABOR:
A New Jersey news outlet examines the state’s track record on encouraging new clean energy sector jobs and actually attracting and training workers to the field. (NJ Spotlight)
In an industry where people of color are underrepresented, advocates say the clean energy transition could be a massive opportunity to provide jobs to Black and Brown communities if officials set intentionally inclusive policies. (Portsmouth Herald)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: New York public housing officials propose banning tenants from storing or charging e-bikes or their lithium-ion batteries, pointing to over two dozen related fires since the beginning of 2021. (The City)

GRID:
New York’s grid operator says the state needs to expand its reliability margins as it pursues a decarbonized grid. (Utility Dive)
In Maryland, electric utility Potomac Edison begins building a new substation that will serve roughly 4,000 customers in western Maryland when it’s finished in early 2023. (Daily Record)
Maryland energy officials allot roughly $360,000 for microgrid projects at a public university, a nonprofit and the city of Cumberland. (news release)

BUILDINGS: Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf signs a law expanding the state’s commercial property assessed clean energy program to include multi-family commercial buildings and the types of approved projects. (news release)

SOLAR:
Rhode Island Gov. Dan McKee allows a new state law to come into effect without his signature, providing tax breaks to solar developers despite municipal pushback. (Providence Journal)
Officials in Lockport, New York, want to extend a new solar project moratorium by six months. (Lockport Union-Sun & Journal)
A developer says it has wrapped up construction of a 6.8 MW community solar portfolio across nine locations serving White Plains, New York, that will triple the county’s solar capacity. (news release)

COMMENTARY:
The New York League of Conservation Voters’ president argues that New York City needs more people on e-bikes to meet its climate mitigation goals. (City Limits)
A transit activist and a sustainable growth advocate write that Rhode Island must stop building out its highway infrastructure and prioritize equitable, climate-friendly transit systems. (Boston Globe)

Editor’s note: An item in yesterday’s digest was missing a link. Find the correct item here:
New York City’s comptroller reports that while the city’s ferry service fares were $2.75 per trip last year, the actual cost of the ride was $12.88, meaning taxpayers subsidized much more than previously revealed. (Gothamist)

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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.