SOLAR: A solar lending program offers an affordable option for low-income Massachusetts and Rhode Island residents, who still face a price barrier to buy solar panels despite incentives. (Energy News Network)

ALSO:
• An Atlantic City, New Jersey, casino plans to construct three rooftop solar projects with a collective capacity of 8.4 MW. (PV Magazine)
• A Maine boat company launches its first entirely solar-powered day boat that can host up to 10 people. (Bangor Daily News)

BUILDINGS: Developers in Boston convert a former city parking garage into a luxury eco-friendly residential and commercial building; the office portion is aiming to earn an energy efficiency standard certification. (Boston.com)

GAS: The New Jersey agency looking to develop a gas-fired power plant responds to local complaints, saying it will install renewable energy resources elsewhere to counteract the facility’s emissions. (NorthJersey.com)

ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE: Vermont lawmakers appear united behind an environmental justice bill, but some state natural resources department staffers express concern that there isn’t enough funding to meet the goals. (VT Digger)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• Completely electrifying New York City’s public bus fleet will require as much power as it takes to supply nearly 200,000 homes. (The City)
• A Vermont town’s police department opts not to buy electric vehicles for the time being, with supply chain issues highlighted as a concern. (Rutland Herald)

CRYPTOMINING: New York’s Assembly passes legislation to instate a cryptocurrency moratorium over emissions concerns, sending the bill to the state Senate. (Ithaca Voice)

CLIMATE: A top Massachusetts energy and environment official steps down from her post, an exit some observers say will pose a challenge for meeting climate goals. (Boston Globe)

NUCLEAR: Although Vermont no longer consumes the most nuclear power of any state, roughly around a third of the state’s electricity still comes from a nuclear plant in Seabrook, New Hampshire. (Seven Days)

TRANSPORTATION: Despite some community opposition, the council of Cambridge, Massachusetts, votes to still build protected bicycle lanes along a central corridor. (MassLive)

AFFORDABILITY:
Maine residents will likely continue to see elevated energy prices into next year, and some are calling for an end to the annual standard offer bidding process. (Portland Press Herald)
• Certain small businesses in Maine may now be eligible for up to $3,000 in tiered credits if they have high power bills. (WABI)

COMMENTARY: A climate economist argues Massachusetts utilities shouldn’t waste money by reconfiguring and repairing gas lines to deliver new fuels, and instead shift to ground source heat pumps. (Commonwealth Magazine)

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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.