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SOLAR: A solar energy developer has apparently abandoned work on numerous home rooftop projects in a Massachusetts town, which residents claim has bilked them of thousands of dollars. (WCVB)

ALSO:
• Chautauqua County, New York, officials grant either final or preliminary authorization to issue tax breaks to five solar farms cumulatively generating over 20 MW. (Buffalo News)
• The board of a northern New York village hears progress on the seven separate solar farms under development in their jurisdiction, ranging from 4 MW to 240 MW. (NNY360)
• A workforce training program in Philadelphia teaches young people how to install solar panels as training for jobs in the clean energy economy. (WHYY)

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POLITICS: New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy says the reality of the climate crisis has “begun to pierce the partisan reality,” helping usher in clean energy and transportation investments and projects. (E&E News)

TRANSPORTATION:
• Toll and gas tax revenues are at 95% of their pre-pandemic levels in Massachusetts, indicating that sky-high gas prices aren’t shifting demand to public transit. (Commonwealth Magazine)
• Quick rental electric scooters may soon zip down the streets of Exeter, New Hampshire, with local officials seemingly tempted to allow a micro-mobility company to begin operations there. (Portsmouth Herald)
• Manchester, New Hampshire, will soon offer public bus rides to connect recreationalists with parks within 30 miles of the city. (New Hampshire Public Radio)
• Transit advocates want Massachusetts to update their definition of an e-bike and the related regulatory framework to help expand their use across the state. (Mass Live)

PIPELINES: Chesapeake Utilities says pre-construction work is almost complete for a roughly 6-mile-long pipeline expansion project near the seaside towns of Fenwick Island, Delaware, and Ocean City, Maryland. (Delaware Business Times)

AFFORDABILITY: Finding two Avangrid subsidiaries didn’t abide by advertising regulations, Connecticut utility regulators approve a settlement that’ll provide $3 million in additional residential utility bill assistance funds. (CT Post)

CLIMATE: Organizers behind a heat island mitigation project in Chelsea, Massachusetts, are making sidewalk, street and rooftop improvements to bring down the temperature. (WBUR)

UTILITIES:
• Maine utilities will now need to undergo a new integrated grid planning process every five years to help support the state’s climate goals, among other new service regulations outlined in a newly passed law. (Utility Dive)
• New Hampshire regulators consider whether to make public the details of a proposed deal to allow Eversource to buy all the poles it shares with a telecommunications utility that hasn’t helped pay vegetation management bills. (New Hampshire Public Radio)

NUCLEAR: Some Plymouth, Massachusetts, residents are critical of a federal nuclear regulatory proposal they say would reduce oversight of decommissioning the Pilgrim nuclear plant. (Cape Cod Times)

CLEAN ENERGY: A new project organized by 20 Maine businesses seeks to help small businesses transition to renewable energy. (Maine Public)

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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.