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)
• 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.
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)
• 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 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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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)
• 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.
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.