SOLAR: Rochester, New York, will automatically enroll 57,000 of its residents into its new solar community choice aggregation program, now the largest in the state. (PV Magazine)

WIND: Vineyard Wind reaches financial close, the first commercial offshore wind farm in the country to do so; developers may now use investment funds to prepare for and begin construction. (news release)

CLIMATE:
The U.S. EPA indicates it will reject Pennsylvania’s power plant-related ozone reduction plan. (E&E News, subscription)
The University of Maine will work with two neighboring cities on climate mitigation strategies to help the municipalities reach their emissions goals. (Bangor Daily News)
Pennsylvania state senators on the environment and energy committee pass a resolution decrying Gov. Tom Wolf’s plan to enter the state into the Northeast Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative without legislative authorization. (Indiana Gazette)

OIL & GAS:
A recent diesel fuel spill at a Delaware coal plant killed almost 100 Canada geese and harmed dozens more. (Delaware News Journal)
In New York, a University of Rochester economist highlights her research showing any financial benefits from fracking are outweighed by the public health costs. (Rochester Beacon)

NUCLEAR: By Thanksgiving, no radioactive fuel is expected to remain at the Pilgrim nuclear plant in Plymouth, Massachusetts. (WBUR)

UTILITIES: National Fuel Gas Distribution Corp. sues Erie, Pennsylvania, over what it characterizes as excessive and unlawful fees imposed when the utility needs to excavate public rights of way. (Erie Times-News)

TRANSPORTATION:
The Bangor, Maine, police department buys its first fully electric vehicle, which will help the court officer make short but frequent round-trips between the police station and the courthouse. (Bangor Daily News)
A southern Maine town installs electric vehicle chargers at its public library, with the town manager promoting the economic benefit of having such chargers available for tourists. (Portsmouth Herald)

GRID:
Portland, Maine, issues a request for proposals for energy efficiency projects, as well as solar projects. (Mainebiz)
Following post-hurricane power restoration efforts in Louisiana, Central Maine Power crews return home after two weeks of almost constant work. (WMTW)

RENEWABLE ENERGY: A New Jersey suburb of New York City considers the local sewer authority’s proposal for a gas-fired peaker plant, as well as whether to instate a community choice aggregation program. (Hudson Reporter)

EFFICIENCY:
A United Way chapter will run a volunteer-led home winterization effort in two Maine counties to help reduce residential energy consumption and costs. (news release)
Two Syracuse University architecture professors are using nearly $1.6 million in state and academic grants to retrofit and decarbonize existing on-campus housing. (Daily Orange)

COMMENTARY: As National Grid puts its Rhode Island electric and gas utility on the market, a solar developer and a policy advocate argue the state should “think boldly” about the future and consider having an existing public power authority buy the assets. (Providence Journal)