GRID: New Jersey regulators approve an offshore wind transmission project that will cost roughly $1 billion between onshore and offshore construction and grid upgrades, and will also designate a future transmission corridor. (E&E News, subscription; ROI NJ)

ALSO:
• Maine regulators give an early nod to a proposed transmission line and 1 GW wind facility in Aroostook County; the state senate president believes the projects won’t face the same pushback as the Central Maine Power line. (Maine Public Radio)
• Some groups want PJM Interconnection to add a clean energy expert to its project approval board to accelerate authorizations for thousands of projects in the queue. (ROI NJ)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• Newly announced federal electric school bus grants will help Baltimore’s school district purchase 25 buses and districts across Maine purchase 34. (Daily Record, Maine Public Radio)
• Only a handful of states, including Connecticut, have established any installation or operation policies for electric vehicle charging infrastructure. (Utility Dive)

CLIMATE:
• Several large climate proposals are on the ballot across the U.S., including in New York and Rhode Island. (Grist)
• New York City has whittled down proposals for a Governors Island climate hub to three bids in advance of a 2023 final announcement, but a legal battle over related zoning changes continues. (Gothamist)

OIL & GAS: Officials say an early September gas leak that led to a large evacuation in Hagerstown, Maryland, was caused in part by Columbia Gas incorrectly marking a work site. (Herald Mail)

SOLAR: A Pittsburgh-area steel plant comes back online after years of dormancy to make solar power generation parts. (Solar Power World)

UTILITIES:
• Some investor-owned utilities, including in New York and Massachusetts, are crafting policies, communication strategies and clean energy installation plans to reverse their historically inequitable policies. (Utility Dive)
• Kingston, New York, kicks off a new community choice aggregation program to buy clean power in bulk from Central Hudson Gas & Electric. (Daily Freeman)

CLEAN ENERGY: New Jersey’s economic development agency wants public input on forming a pilot program to bring clean energy manufacturers to the state. (news release)

BUILDINGS: New University of Connecticut student dorms will incorporate clean energy tech such as fuel cell-generated power and geothermal heating and cooling. (news release)

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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.