SOLAR: Tesla’s SolarCity factory is 500 jobs short of its promise to bring 1,460 jobs to Buffalo, New York, even after a two-year extension, and could face a $41 million fine if it doesn’t get it done by December. (Buffalo News)

ALSO:
An Atlanta-based developer is seeking tax breaks from a western New York county to build a 4 megawatt solar array. (Buffalo News)
Officials in Brunswick, Maine, recommend the town enter a power purchase agreement with a solar developer to supply up to 70% of municipal and school electric expenses. (Times Record)

TRANSPORTATION:
Vermont’s governor signs a bill to put $120 million toward the state’s public transit and rail programs, transportation alternatives projects, and electric vehicle incentives. (VermontBiz)
National Grid has created an “EV Road Trip” that maps routes to 40 destinations in the Northeast and includes charging stations along the way. (Buffalo News)

UTILITIES:
• U.S. Rep. Jamaal Bowman of New York co-sponsors a congressional resolution that would declare electricity a “basic human right” and decry “monopolized, profit-driven utility corporations and providers.” (The Hill)
A central New Jersey town urges the state’s public utilities board to reject New Jersey Natural Gas’ request for a 25% rate increase. (CentralJersey.com)

OFFSHORE WIND: A company hoping to build a wind farm off New Jersey’s coast partners with Rutgers University to study how the farm could affect local shellfish. (Herald Standard)

NATURAL GAS: A town bordering Boston approves a permit process to discourage fossil fuel-hookups in new buildings after the state’s attorney general declared a previous all-out ban unlawful. (WBUR)

RENEWABLES:
Rhode Island’s Senate passed a bill this week requiring the state to get all its electricity from renewable sources by 2030. (EcoRI)
A top Massachusetts lobbying firm focused on energy development and a company that bought and razed a coal-fired power plant are close to a settlement in a case regarding future use of the property. (CommonWealth Magazine)

PIPELINES: Residents of a Pennsylvania town tell supervisors they’re concerned a proposed pipeline pump station could release gas through a leak or explosion, and that operators aren’t prepared for such an event. (LebTown)

GRID: A Maine lawmaker who supports a transmission line that would bring hydropower from Canada to New England sues the secretary of state in hopes of splitting a ballot referendum item regarding banning transmission lines into three questions. (Bangor Daily News)

BIOGAS: Environmental groups say a Delaware factory farm biogas project in contract with Chesapeake Utilities threatens public health, especially in communities of color. (news release)

BIOMASS:
An upstate New York state college wins a National Science Foundation grant to develop and commercialize its rotary gasifier technology. (Biomass Magazine)
The USDA awards a grant to Maryland agencies to hire a wood biomass energy specialist who will help identify potential biomass projects in the state. (news release)

COMMENTARY: A medical journal editor and a global health professor urge regulators to pull the Weymouth compressor station’s permit after the facility released gas four times in less than a year. (WBUR)