GRID: New England’s grid operator says power supply and demand should be sufficient through 2027 and that the Everett LNG terminal is not necessary — an announcement that led to incredulity at a federal energy meeting in Portland, Maine, given the operator’s previously dire warnings. (CommonWealth Magazine)

ALSO:
• Consolidated Edison will bring online next week New York City’s largest-to-date battery, a 7.5 MW storage system. (Bloomberg News)
• New York’s grid operator announces seven new high-voltage cables will be run between Long Island, the Bronx and Westchester County to help transmit at least 3 GW of offshore wind power to the rest of the state. (Newsday)

OIL & GAS:
• A Pennsylvania family sues Chevron and EQT Corporation, claiming the companies’ fracking activities have contaminated their well water and have harmed their health. (CBS Pittsburgh)
• Pennsylvania utility regulators say around $279 million in fracking impact fees collected in 2022 will be distributed to local governments, a roughly $45 million increase over 2021 that officials attributed to high natural gas prices and newly drilled wells. (Penn Live Patriot-News)

SOLAR:
• In Maine, a pending bill that would require solar developers to financially support land conservation efforts if they build on high-value farmland brings together unlikely allies. (Bangor Daily News)
• A developer decides to relocate a planned 4.2 MW solar farm originally slated for Utica, New York, after finding the site’s soft soil would be too costly to build on. (Observer-Dispatch)

OFFSHORE WIND: Redesigned for the offshore wind industry, the renovation of the State Pier in New London, Connecticut, is expected to wrap up by the end of 2023. (Hartford Courant)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A lithium-ion battery fire at a New York City e-bike repair shop kills four residents living above the facility; the city’s fire department admits to not checking for reconditioned batteries during a recent inspection, which were locally banned three months ago. (Associated Press, The City)

BUILDINGS: A Maine couple and a contractor arrange a $250 discount for residents of their town who join a bulk purchase of heat pumps— serving as a potential model for small-town climate action. (Bangor Daily News)

CRYPTOCURRENCY: Environmental advocates want New York to reject a cryptocurrency company’s air permit renewal application for its natural gas fired-power plant in North Tonawanda. (Buffalo News)

UTILITIES: The city council of Rochester, New York, approves funding to study whether it should form a municipal utility instead of relying on an investor-owned utility, Rochester Gas & Electric. (WXXI)

HYDROGEN: Carnegie Mellon University receives a $3 million federal grant to advance steel industry decarbonization tech by examining whether hydrogen can be used to extract oxygen from iron ore in lieu of carbon. (Trib Live)

HYDROELECTRIC: Officials in Plainfield, Vermont, say they want the state’s utility commission to impose stricter inspections and more regulations over the Marshfield Dam, noting that non-power-generating dams in the state are more frequently inspected. (WCAX)

CLIMATE:
• Around 5 million Marylanders are living in drought-stricken areas as the state experiences its fifth-driest year since the late 1800s. (Baltimore Sun)
• More carbon dioxide in the atmosphere could help poison ivy thrive in Connecticut. (NBC Connecticut)

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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.