WIND: In a nod to fishing industry objections, Maine Gov. Janet Mills proposes a 10-year moratorium on offshore wind within three miles of shore, but will continue to support a floating turbine pilot project. (Portland Press Herald)

ALSO:
• Developers of the Vineyard Wind project inform the Biden administration that they will resubmit their plans after withdrawing the project in December. (State House News Service)
• Officials in a Long Island town approve a plan for an underground power cable to bring electricity from New York’s first wind farm to shore. (Dan’s Papers)

EFFICIENCY:
• A provision in Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s budget proposal would allow building owners in New York City to bypass efficiency requirements by purchasing renewable energy from in-state projects. (Politico)
• Vermont lawmakers are expected to introduce a bill today to weatherize 120,000 homes over the next 10 years. (VT Digger)

SOLAR: Debate over a bill that would allow utility-scale solar development on New Jersey farmland highlights the challenge of quickly developing renewable energy in the country’s most densely populated state. (NJ Spotlight) 

TRANSPORTATION:
• Advocates in New Jersey are hopeful that emissions from diesel trucks can be addressed under the Biden administration. (NJ.com)
• Connecticut’s $9.7 billion transportation plan includes support for electric vehicles and non-motorized options. (Transport Topics)
• Officials in Schenectady, New York unveil 10 new electric vehicle charging stations, part of a National Grid program to expand charging availability. (News 10)

NUCLEAR: Advocates and local officials are skeptical of a plan to build a small modular reactor at the site of the Oyster Creek plant in New Jersey. (Asbury Park Press)

PIPELINES: Opponents of a Massachusetts compressor station criticize regulators for not informing them of a decision to start the facility, saying they learned about it from social media instead. (Patriot Ledger)

HYDROPOWER: The operator of a series of dams on the Connecticut River proposes maintaining a more steady flow to address concerns raised in a federal licensing review. (Brattleboro Reformer)

COMMENTARY:
• A law professor questions the ongoing legal challenges that have delayed the Clean Energy Connect transmission line: “When is enough, enough?” (Portland Press Herald)
• An advocate says a proposal to use a gas plant on New York’s Seneca Lake to support bitcoin mining would create unnecessary pollution and put the lake at risk. (Albany Times Union)
• An official in a Massachusetts city says lawmakers should reject plans to make biomass plants eligible for renewable energy credits. (MassLive)

Ken Paulman

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.