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GRID: One major undersea cable delivering power to Long Island is at reduced capacity while another is completely out of service, but the Long Island Power Authority expects to have more than enough capacity to meet summer peak demand. (Newsday)
ALSO: In New York, Orange and Rockland Utilities wants to construct a 5.5-mile underground transmission line between two Hudson Valley towns. (news release)
SOLAR: New York City’s fire code makes it difficult to install new rooftop solar arrays across the city, and complying with recent code revisions can add thousands of dollars to a project. (Grist)
TRANSIT: • A watchdog report finds the transit system of Washington, D.C., has a “culture of noncompliance” with safety protocols and issues several orders to the agency regarding power restoration. (DCist, Washington Post) • Boston’s transit agency has repeatedly changed the number of construction carts it claimed derailed during Blue line tunnel repair work, but now say it has happened three times in recent weeks. (Boston Globe) • A Massachusetts lawmaker working to bring an east-west passenger rail line to the state says its absence from a recent transportation bill was “a temporary blip” and he expects a budget amendment will fund the new agency. (New England Public Media) • Rhode Island Gov. Dan McKee promises to restore nonstop beach bus routes after protest from transit advocates and beach lovers. (Providence Journal) • In Vermont, Green Mountain Transit extends free bus rides for another year. (Burlington Free Press)
ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Two central New York counties see a surge in residential electric vehicle adoption, but the number of local charging stations hasn’t caught up. (Observer-Dispatch)
OFFSHORE WIND: • While offshore wind projects along the East Coast are making progress, a longstanding federal statute is making it more costly to use European-flagged construction vessels. (S&P Global) • The Gulf of Maine Intergovernmental Task Force will hold a virtual public meeting to discuss offshore wind with Maine, Massachusetts and New Hampshire officials all day today. (News Center Maine)
UTILITIES: In New York, Columbia Utilities seeks an early end to its involvement in a community-choice aggregation program. (Hudson Valley 1)
EDUCATION: • The relatively few remaining Connecticut schools that haven’t started teaching students about climate change within the science curriculum now must do so by July 2023. (CT Mirror) • A central Maine community college begins offering free courses to educate those interested in HVAC or power plant operation careers. (Sun Journal) • The Maryland Food Bank kicks off a clean energy job training program. (Maryland Matters)
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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.
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