CLIMATE: New Jersey sues five major oil companies and their trade organization over allegations of intentional public deception regarding their industries’ contribution to climate change, becoming the latest state to file such a lawsuit. (WHYY, The Guardian)

ALSO: New Jersey’s lawsuit against several oil majors references the damage wrought by Superstorm Sandy roughly a decade ago. (E&E News)

OFFSHORE WIND: Rhode Island Energy’s latest solicitation shows it won’t be compensated for signing contracts for 1 up to GW of offshore wind projects, despite previously arguing it needed incentives to avoid major risk. (Providence Journal)

CLEAN ENERGY:
• New Jersey’s governor talks the clean energy transition talk but doesn’t walk the walk after diverting over $500 million in earmarked funds to other purposes, dozens of advocacy groups contend in a new letter. (ROI NJ)
• A Maryland energy agency’s director expects new federal rebate programs may double how many home energy rebate applications it receives every year. (Daily Record)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• Environmental justice advocates say NJ Transit’s plan to buy 550 new diesel buses will make it harder to transition to electric buses and harm communities along routes. (NJ Advance Media)
• A coastal Maryland town receives a state sustainability accolade in part for installing electric trolleys for local transit. (Baltimore Sun)

FLOODING:
• As Maine recovers from floods this past weekend, very few residents are enrolled in National Flood Insurance, despite growing threats including sea level rise, increasing storm frequency and urban development. (WMTW)
• Officials in frequently inundated Ellicott City, Maryland, say construction has wrapped up on one of the retention ponds needed to redirect flooding. (WBAL)

SOLAR: A ribbon-cutting ceremony is held for Massachusetts’ largest municipally owned solar project to date, a 6.9 MW array. (Patch)

TRANSIT: Two former top Massachusetts transit leaders suggest a new, stronger advisory board separate from the ineffective state public utilities department to oversee Boston’s transit agency. (Boston Herald)

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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.