CARBON CAPTURE: A Rhode Island brewery is part of a growing industry trend of using carbon capture technology to provide the necessary ingredient to put the fizz in their beer. (Energy News Network)

CLEAN ENERGY:
• While Vermont has one of the highest percentages of renewable electricity in the country, advocates want the state to develop more in-state sources rather than rely on imported hydropower. (Energy News Network)
• New York regulators approve a program to provide bill credits to residents of communities that host major wind and solar projects. (News 10)

WIND: President Biden’s nomination of Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo has fishing industry groups concerned they will have less of a say in federal offshore wind decisions. (E&E News)

OVERSIGHT: Rhode Island Lt. Gov. Daniel McKee says he had asked Gov. Raimondo to wait and let him make a nomination to the state’s Public Utilities Commision. (Providence Journal)

NATURAL GAS:
• New York regulators propose requiring natural gas utilities to submit more detailed long-term plans for meeting demand. (Politico)
• Ten years after a deadly natural gas explosion in Allentown, Pennsylvania, residents say they are “still traumatized” by the event. (Associated Press)

EFFICIENCY:
• A New Hampshire report says reduced energy consumption has saved the state $45 million over the past decade. (Associated Press)
• Rhode Island advocates say not enough rental property owners in the state are taking advantage of energy efficiency incentives. (ecoRI)
• A Maine town’s conversion to LED streetlights is delayed after city officials discover the town doesn’t actually own the lights: “The town is 200 years old and there’s a lot of funkiness to figure out.” (Press Herald)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: New Hampshire-based Merchants Fleet recently announced a plan to purchase 12,600 electric vans from General Motors. (Concord Monitor)

TRANSMISSION: Officials in a Maine town will meet this week to discuss zoning approval for the Clean Energy Connect transmission line. (Sun Journal)

SOLAR: Officials in an Adirondacks community officially unveil a new community solar farm while acknowledging that snow cover will reduce production in the winter. (Adirondack Daily Enterprise)

UTILITIES:
• New York Sen. Kirsten Gillbrand calls for more federal assistance to help low-income households pay utility bills. (WRVO)
• A Baltimore utility says grid upgrades have reduced its average outage length by 38% since 2010. (Daily Energy Insider)

NUCLEAR: The company decommissioning the Oyster Creek nuclear plant agrees to a $10 million upgrade to its waste storage plan. (Cherry Hill Courier-Post)

COMMENTARY:
• A New Hampshire lawmaker says his state has failed to help capture energy efficiency savings for residents, citing a Massachusetts program as a potential model. (Union Leader)
• A Maryland college student calls on lawmakers to address climate change. (Maryland Reporter)

Ken Paulman

Ken is the director of the Energy News Network at Fresh Energy and is a founding editor of both Midwest Energy News and Southeast Energy News. Prior to joining Fresh Energy, he was the managing editor for online news at Minnesota Public Radio. He started his journalism career in 2002 as a copy editor for the Duluth News Tribune before spending five years at the Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Washington, where he worked as a copy editor, online producer, features editor and night city editor. A Nebraska native, Ken has a bachelor's degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a master's degree from the University of Oregon. He is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and Investigative Reporters and Editors.