Maine to provide over $5 million in electric vehicle subsidies

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Maine will use settlement money from the Volkswagen emissions cheating scandal to provide $5.1 million in subsidies to promote electric vehicle adoption and add at least 50 charging stations. (Central Maine)

SOLAR:
• The Maine Legislature repeals a controversial “gross metering” policy that imposed additional fees on solar installations. (Solar Industry)
• Developers announce plans to build a 745 kilowattpeak community solar array in eastern Vermont on a 28-acre brownfield property that was formerly used as a sawmill and lumber treatment facility. (news release)

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OFFSHORE WIND: A federal fisheries office says an environmental assessment for the proposed Vineyard Wind project in Massachusetts lacks sufficient detail.

Companies bid to supply offshore wind power to New York

WIND: Five companies submit bids to supply offshore wind power to New York state, which is seeking to add 2,400 MW of capacity by 2030. (Reuters)

ALSO:
• A town at the eastern end of Long Island agrees to let wind developer Ørsted conduct archaeological and soil tests along a proposed cable route, which would service a 15-turbine wind farm planned 35 miles off the coast. (The East Hampton Star)
• Sources say Vineyard Wind is reaching out to lenders for an estimated $2.15 billion to build an 800 MW wind farm off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard. (The Bond Buyer)
• Cape Cod residents question a draft environmental report for the Vineyard Wind project during a public meeting and voice concerns about the project’s impact on the fishing industry. (Cape Cod Times)

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Pennsylvania report outlines benefits of electric vehicles

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• Pennsylvania would see $2.8 billion in benefits if just 30 percent of vehicles there were electric, according to a new “electric vehicle roadmap” that recommends 13 strategies to increase the use of zero-emission vehicles in the state. (Bucks Local News)
• Maryland will spend its $75.7 million share of the Volkswagen emissions settlement on efforts to electrify transportation and replace diesel transit buses with cleaner vehicles. (WAMU)

WIND: Residents are fighting plans for a 47-turbine wind farm in western New York, saying it will change the feel of their quiet community. (Investigative Post)

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Report maps path to 80 percent clean energy

RENEWABLES: Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont can redirect $8.2 billion spent annually on importing fossil fuels to achieve 80 percent clean energy across the region, according to a new report. (Portland Press Herald)   

SOLAR:
• A New York official says the state is trying to get Tesla and Panasonic to diversify the products they make at a massive Buffalo solar plant, which is struggling to meet job goals. (The Buffalo News)
• Connecticut saw a slight increase in solar jobs last year, while New Hampshire lost 261 jobs, according to an annual census. (Hartford Business Journal, New Hampshire Union Leader)
• If Sunrun succeeds with plans to roll out a network of 5,000 solar- and battery-equipped homes in New England, it could become a model for other solar developers across the country. (The Republican)
• A rapid transit system that runs between Philadelphia and parts of New Jersey plans to install thousands of solar canopies in its parking lots.

Auction results in big boost for solar in New England

SOLAR: New England approves the addition of 145 MW of solar to the region’s grid, including a number of solar-plus-storage projects. (Bloomberg, Vermont Business Magazine)

ALSO: An expected surplus of electricity in New England through 2023 caused prices at the region’s forward capacity market auction to reach six-year lows. (Concord Monitor)

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EFFICIENCY: Some environmental advocates say Massachusetts officials missed an opportunity to make energy efficiency more accessible and innovative while drafting a new state plan.