UTILITIES: Rhode Island’s attorney general drops his objection to Pennsylvania-based PPL Corp.’s $5.3 billion acquisition of Narragansett Electric, meaning the sale will likely be completed this week. (Providence Journal)

CLIMATE:
• A group of New York City building owners sues the city over an emissions cap for large buildings they will have to comply with starting in 2024. (Crain’s New York)
• Intensifying rainstorms mean New York City’s Central Park needs to adapt to handle the inundation, and a recently formed climate lab will collect data to determine what changes need to be made. (Popular Science)

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EQUITY: A petroleum storage company along Rhode Island’s Providence River with known environmental noncompliance problems is just one example of the environmental injustices plaguing the area’s vulnerable communities. (ecoRI)

TRANSIT:
• Accumulating safety concerns within Washington, D.C.’s transit system leave local observers wondering whether the incoming general manager will be able to fully identify and resolve issues. (Washington Post)
• Philadelphia’s transit system begins surveying riders as it aims to improve the regional rail system and attract those who aren’t “9-to-5 commuters.” (Billy Penn)
• A Connecticut regional transit route replaces a diesel train with an electric model. (The Day)

SOLAR:
• A renewable energy developer finishes building a 1.65 MW solar farm on an old gravel pit in northern Vermont. (news release)
• A Massachusetts museum installs more solar panels than it needs to sell the excess renewable energy at a discount to local nonprofits. (news release)

GRID:
• In an electrified future, PJM Interconnection’s seasonal resource adequacy risk will be more pronounced in the winter than in the summer, flipping its usual risk profile, according to a new report issued by the grid operator. (RTO Insider, subscription)
• New Jersey’s rate counsel division raises several concerns about a proposed easement for an offshore wind transmission line, including that Ørsted’s preferred route could be more costly. (RTO Insider, subscription)
• A Buffalo, New York, substation may need to be duplicated in order to drive enough electricity into a power-hungry business district. (Buffalo News)

AFFORDABILITY:
• Maryland officials scramble to find a legal way to prevent a gas tax hike — legally prompted by rising inflation — to spare motorists’ wallets. (Daily Record)
• A report commissioned by New Jersey regulators finds energy customers should see savings as their utilities decarbonize, but doesn’t account for critical considerations like transportation and building capital costs. (NJ Spotlight)

CLEAN ENERGY: Officials in Ithaca, New York, consider forming a community choice aggregation program to meet the city’s carbon neutrality goals. (Ithaca Voice)

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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.