As affluent cities go electric, who pays for aging gas infrastructure?

FOSSIL FUELS: Massachusetts advocates say it’s time to start thinking about how to protect low-income residents from rising gas costs as those in wealthier cities begin to ditch the fossil fuel system. (Energy Information Network)

TOO: In Philadelphia, two century-old energy institutions — a steam heating district and a citywide gas utility — are battling for customers in a decarbonization push. (WHY)

WIND: Federal officials release a draft report examining the potential environmental impacts of the first large-scale wind farms in Rhode Island. (Boston Globe)

AFFORDABLE : Rhode Island Energy plans to write off some $43.5 million in accumulated utility debt for about 19,000 households, but warns of a hike in heating bills this winter. (ecoRI, WPRI)

BUILDINGS:
Philadelphia schools won’t all have air conditioning until 2027 because the city needs to upgrade buildings’ electrical capacity first, leaving children to learn in often stuffy classrooms. (Philadelphia Investigator)
A central Pennsylvania county is expanding its commercial property-rated clean energy program to include multi-family dwellings of five or more units, among other projects. (WTAJ)

STORAGE:
A research team including engineers from the University of Maryland has discovered a way to make biodegradable battery components from crab and lobster shells and zinc. (Daily Beast, The Guardian)
A Canadian company said it wants to locate a large battery manufacturing plant in Ulster County in New York in the future. (Daily Freeman)

HEAT:
A severe drought in the populated coastal region of Maine leads to the drying up of private wells, as well as the loss of blueberry and hay crops. (Bangor Daily News)
A new study from the University of Massachusetts Amherst finds that several northeastern cities, including Providence, experienced their hottest August on record this year. (WHDH)
Trees suffering from the ongoing drought in New Hampshire could fall and cause power outages, Eversource warns. (WMUR)

CLIMATE:
After years of little momentum, Rhode Island lawmakers and advocates say the past two years have been the most productive for climate and environmental policy-making in a long time. (Providence Newspaper)
New Jersey’s governor announces additional aid for victims of last year’s Hurricane Ida, but environmentalists say the state is unprepared for future severe weather. (N.J. Advance Media)

GRID:
Underground utility line projects in Ocean City, Maryland are now expected to cost twice as much and take twice as long as originally approved. (OC today)
A Maryland utility will cut power to a city for several hours one night this month to perform repairs and undergo maintenance for the first time in a decade. (The Dispatch)

TRANSIT:
The closure of Boston’s subway line resulted in three of the busiest days for the city’s bike-sharing program. (Government Technology)
New daily passenger bus service is starting between Pittsburgh and Buffalo, New York, with stops in 18 cities along the way. (TribLive)

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