A rendering shows plans for a renovated Yankee Pier at Governors Island, leading toward a new public plaza and new buildings comprising the New York Climate Exchange.Rendering Courtesy of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

ME - Maine could start prioritizing environmental justice

ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE: As Maine lawmakers consider requiring the state to prioritize disadvantaged communities when making environmental policy choices, advocates want the bill to provide a clearer definition of frontline groups and take other stronger steps. (Portland Press Herald)

• New York City partners with Stony Brook University and other nonprofits to build a $700 million climate research and education hub on Governors Island, with a focus on green jobs training and solutions research. (The City)
• Dartmouth College researchers compare the Northeast’s snowmelt-driven riversto West Virginia’s rainfall-dependent Shenandoah River to see how they’re affected by climate change. (NHPR)

EMISSIONS: A loophole in the U.S. Clean Air Act has let fossil fuel power plants — including  Pennsylvania’s shuttered Hatfield’s Ferry station — collect emissions allowances even after they shut down, and then sell those allowances to other plants that exceeded their own emissions limits. (Reuters)

• New York regulators approve a scaled-back version of Con Edison’s proposed grid hub that will connect offshore wind power to a former fossil fuel site and the grid. (RTO Insider, subscription; E&E News)
• New York’s grid manager is expected to say the state needs fossil fuel-powered peaker plants to provide reliable power for the foreseeable future in an upcoming report. (Crain’s New York Business, subscription)
• A New Hampshire electric co-op wants 50 customers to pilot a grid management program by asking them to fill their electric vehicles and battery storage systems during forecast periods of low power demand. (Concord Monitor)
• Federal regulators approve plans for New York’s grid operator to use dynamic line ratings when measuring how much power their transmission systems can carry. (Utility Dive)
• West Springfield, Massachusetts, considers ideas to redevelop its shuttered power plant. (MassLive)

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