SOLAR: Philadelphia officials sign a power purchase agreement to procure roughly a fifth of the electricity needed to power city-owned buildings from a solar farm, a deal years in the making. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

ALSO:  A 1.65 MW solar farm on a former gravel pit in northern Vermont incorporates pollinator-friendly ground coverings. (news release)

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CLIMATE:
• Extreme heat exacerbated by climate change is already worsening the health of unhoused people in Washington, D.C. (DCist)
• A New York town’s natural resources inventory report also highlights which projects will be most impacted by climate change and how officials might mitigate the effects. (Daily Freeman)
• A handful of kelp farmers in Connecticut seek to grow the crop for environmental and nutritional benefits, all while attempting to cultivate and harvest under conditions made worse by climate change. (Hartford Courant)

WIND: A Connecticut city approves another $20 million to fund the redevelopment of a pier to support the offshore wind power industry, which is already set to cost roughly $150 million more than originally pitched. (CT Post)

GAS: In Massachusetts, Liberty Utilities wants to sign a 20-year renewable natural gas supply agreement, but environmentalists say the fuel’s usefulness is still too questionable to enter into such a lengthy deal. (RTO Insider, subscription)

TRANSPORTATION:
• Rhode Island Gov. Dan McKee agrees with some lawmakers that the state’s car tax should end a year earlier than planned. (Providence Journal)
• Amtrak’s plan to use eminent domain to take over operation of Union Station in Washington, D.C., is “unlawful,” according to the company currently holding the sublease. (Washington Post)
• Rhode Island Public Transit Authority will offer two free bus routes to access various Newport tourist sites through the end of October, an endeavor funded by a tourist board and a local church. (Boston Globe)

CLEAN ENERGY:
• A Maryland U.S. senator has had little success in pushing the federal government to establish a green bank modeled on his state’s program. (Maryland Matters)
• A New York town wants to extend a moratorium against new solar projects to include all renewable energy projects, specifically noting anticipated applications for anaerobic digesters. (Riverhead Local)

UTILITIES: Two Avangrid-owned utilities in New York want to increase their monthly power delivery rates by up to $18.00 to support vegetation management and grid modernization. (Observer-Dispatch)

GEOTHERMAL: A New York town considers ending a local ban on geothermal heating and cooling systems in place since 2009. (Shelter Island Reporter)

COMMENTARY: A solar advocate says New Jersey is lagging other states on energy storage, which will be critical for the state’s clean energy transition. (NJ Spotlight)

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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.