ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Massachusetts is in the process of tripling the size of its first-in-the-nation vehicle fleet electrification program following a recent influx of federal money. (Vxartnews)

ALSO:

  • A proposed climate law in Massachusetts includes several measures to support electric vehicle drivers, including the legalization of utility pole-mounted chargers. (Boston Globe)
  • Burlington, Vermont, adds five electric buses to its public transportation fleet. (NBC 5)

GRID:

  • New England’s grid operator issued a low-level emergency Wednesday after some power plants failed to deliver electricity amid a heat wave. (Portland Press Herald)
  • An energy developer wants to build a 700 MW battery energy storage system at a former oil depot in Everett, Massachusetts, which it says could come online in 2027. (Energy Storage News)
  • Federal energy officials add a 60-mile stretch between eastern New York and Massachusetts’ Berkshires area that connects New York and New England’s grids to a list of weak transmission corridors in need of a boost. (Berkshire Eagle)
  • As Massachusetts’ utility agency approves Eversource’s Cape Cod grid upgrade plan, several solar projects on the island left waiting for interconnection see a path to connect. (Vineyard Gazette)

SOLAR:

  • New Jersey’s community solar program is tapping into unused warehouse rooftop space to provide local capacity; the program currently has around 20,000 subscribers but expects to add 60,000 more by mid-2025. (Philadelphia Inquirer)
  • Rhode Island’s governor signs into law new policies intended to protect residential consumers from deceptive solar sales tactics, instating new regulations on solar retailers. (WPRI)
  • A developer plans to build a 4.58 MW solar array on scrubland owned by a landscaping company along the Merrimack River in Concord, New Hampshire. (Concord Monitor)

FOSSIL FUELS:

  • Federal regulators reject Talen Energy’s request to pass on over $774 million in costs related to keeping two fossil fuel-fired power plants in Maryland online to meet grid needs. (Baltimore Sun)
  • Pennsylvania’s utility commission says it collected roughly $100 million less in gas well impact fees in 2023 than it did in 2022, leaving beneficiary communities with fewer funds for municipal services. (Trib Live)

PIPELINES: Two conservation groups push back on plans to lay a gas pipeline on state game land in Pennsylvania’s Lycoming County, crossing trails, streams and a wetland. (Penn Live Patriot-News)

POLICY:

  • Massachusetts’ senate will vote today on a bill that would streamline the energy infrastructure permitting process while requiring new community-focused standards and consideration of new-build alternatives. (CommonWealth Beacon)
  • New York passed a major climate law five years ago — but only a handful of the deadlines and mandates have been completely achieved. (New York Focus)

UTILITIES:

  • A major credit ratings agency downgrades the outlook to negative for Eversource’s Connecticut utility because of the “inconsistent and unpredictable regulatory environment” it faces in the state. (Hartford Courant)
  • Data center developers are talking with utilities and energy companies — including New Jersey’s Public Service Enterprise Group and Baltimore-based Constellation Energy — to purchase existing or new nuclear power to energize their facilities. (Utility Dive)
  • National Grid wants to raise New York ratepayers’ monthly power bills by 15%, partially citing the need for more staff and resources to comply with the state’s climate laws. (Times Union)

AFFORDABILITY: Maryland’s consumer advocate files an emergency petition with the state’s utility commission requesting a pause in power shut-offs until mid-September, citing extreme heat. (Baltimore Sun)

BUILDINGS: In New York, a state-backed project works to retrofit a 17-story lower Manhattan office building to heat and cool with heat pumps and capture typically wasted thermal energy. (Canary Media)

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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.