GRID: Grid operator PJM approves a new interconnection process and will table about half of its existing backlog — around 1,200, mostly solar projects — for two years while it focuses on those most ready for construction. (Inside Climate News)

ALSO: Maine Gov. Janet Mills vetoes a bill that would have created new requirements for approving transmission lines considered nonessential, saying it would hinder the state’s clean energy goals. (MaineBiz)

CLEAN ENERGY:
• Connecticut utility regulators end a program that provided incentives to homeowners who switched to natural gas, saying it no longer fits the state’s clean energy goals or is in ratepayers’ best interest. (New Haven Register)
• Connecticut lawmakers approve a goal of completely powering the state with clean energy by 2040, sending it to the governor for his signature. (CT Insider)
• Vermont’s state senate advances a bill to establish a clean heat standard that would require and incentivize heating fuel distributors to curb their sales and start implementing heat pumps and other cleaner heat sources. (VTDigger)

SOLAR:
• A half-built solar farm on a former Pennsylvania coal mine foreshadows the U.S. solar industry’s future, solar developers say, if a federal probe of solar imports further disrupts the supply chain. (Bloomberg)
• Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater property in western Pennsylvania now runs entirely on clean energy after installing a solar array. (news release)
• A Maryland electric co-op announces the operation of three new solar-plus-storage systems. (Daily Record)
• A downstate New York development agency approves one solar and two storage projects and incentives for developers. (Westchester & Fairfield County Business Journals)

OFFSHORE WIND: Wind developer Orsted will lease a state-financed manufacturing port in New Jersey to build the state’s first offshore farm. (Associated Press)

TRANSPORTATION: The Boston-area transit authority announces plans to increase bus service by 25% across its entire network in a years-long rollout starting next month. (State House News Service)

EFFICIENCY: Supermarket chain Hannaford is adding self-closing doors to its coolers after a pilot project found it reduced electricity usage and didn’t affect sales. (Concord Monitor)

BIOMASS: A New Hampshire House committee approves a bill that will help a troubled biomass power plant keep running for another year, but stops short of forgiving its debt to ratepayers. (Concord Monitor)

CLIMATE:
• Buffalo, New York, could become a climate refuge as it faces a low risk of hurricanes, extreme heat, and other disasters as the world warms. (Fast Company)
• The Philadelphia metro area is about 3.4 degrees warmer now than it was in 1970, an analysis finds. (Axios)
• Philadelphia’s greenhouse gas emissions have dropped 20% since 2006, meaning the city will have to step up cuts to reach its net-zero by 2050 goal. (WHYY)

COMMENTARY:
• New York Gov. Kathy Hochul faces a “fracking moment” as she decides whether to let a gas power plant reopen to mine Bitcoin, a climate advocate argues. (Post-Standard)
• A climate advocate pushes Rhode Island lawmakers to set a goal of 100% clean energy by 2030 and be a nationwide leader on renewables. (Providence Journal)
• Connecticut labor unions and workers should organize around clean energy to drive change, such as decarbonizing public transit, two union leaders write. (CTPost)

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Kathryn brings her extensive editorial background to the Energy News Network team, where she oversees the early-morning production of ENN’s five email digest newsletters as well as distribution of ENN’s original journalism with other media outlets. From documenting chronic illness’ effect on college students to following the inner workings of Congress, Kathryn has built a broad experience in her more than five years working at major publications including The Week Magazine. Kathryn holds a Bachelor of Science in magazine journalism and information management and technology from Syracuse University.