OFFSHORE WIND: Ørsted cancels its plans to develop Ocean Wind I and II off the New Jersey coast, a decision the state’s governor throws into question the company’s “credibility and competence” after weeks of sunny public statements. (Politico)

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FOSSIL FUELS: While Pittsburgh has made strides toward decarbonizing its pension fund, dozens of other major entities in the city — ranging from the city’s school district to major cultural centers — have hired lobbyists who work with fossil fuel companies. (The Guardian)

UTILITIES: 

  • With several utility-related citizens initiatives up for a vote next week, Maine has seen the second-highest amount of spending on ballot measure campaigns this year. (Ballotpedia)
  • Avangrid will pay a $615,000 fine for seven violations of NERC reliability standards by five of its Northeast subsidiaries. (RTO Insider, subscription)

CLEAN ENERGY: A nonprofit operated by New York City taps a Staten Island rail yard and a Bronx plot for clean energy development, issuing a request for proposals for renewable energy or transmission projects. (SI Live)

SOLAR: Three separate regulatory decisions further set back the Apple Hill solar farms in Bennington, Vermont, but the developer intends to file appeals in all three cases. (Bennington Banner)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:

  • A Maine company builds what it characterizes as the “first 100% solar US Coast Guard-inspected passenger vessel.” (electrek)
  • A New Jersey county works to earn an over $1 million federal grant to speed up the process of installing 48 electric vehicle charging stations. (NorthJersey.com)

CLIMATE: The warming waters and heavier rains off the coast of Maine threaten the livelihoods and customs of the state’s traditional lobster fishers. (USA Today)

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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.