OFFSHORE WIND: Massachusetts’ wind power pricing problems persist as Avangrid appeals a state decision approving a power purchase agreement the utility said was untenable and Mayflower Wind requests more time and input in the process. (CommonWealth Magazine)

ALSO: A Maine legislator introduces a bill to ban offshore wind turbines in the state, citing conservation concerns. (Maine Monitor)

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GRID:
• New York’s grid operator completes interconnection studies for projects totaling 1.6 GW of solar and 1.5 GW of storage, as well as the 1.25 GW Champlain Hudson Power Express line. (PV Magazine)
• New England energy observers question the lack of transparency and details around a capacity deficiency on Christmas Eve. (Maine Monitor)
• CPower says its customer-sited distributed energy resources provided over 50 GWh of load relief in late December in the PJM Interconnection and ISO New England markets. (news release)

POLICY:
• After waiting on the state climate council to create a roadmap, New York lawmakers will likely introduce a flurry of legislation to mitigate climate change this year — but they’ll have to do more than ban gas stoves to get there. (The City, Gothamist)
• Rhode Island advocates say solar siting and restricting fossil fuel-fired home heating will be legislative priorities this year. (Providence Journal)
• Vermont lawmakers question why the governor announced funding to measure and analyze how the state can reach its emissions goals when the state already has a pla to do so. (VT Digger)

TRANSIT: The New York governor’s plans to build hundreds of thousands of new housing units walkable to Long Island train stations irks Republicans who say it will kill “the suburban dream.” (Newsday)

HYDROGEN: A New York newspaper compiles a primer on different types of hydrogen as the state encourages growth in the sector. (Times Union)

SOLAR: A New York planning board approves a 5 MW solar array on a hay field and tree farm. (WETM)

PIPELINES: A Pennsylvania appellate court rules that emails between state regulators and pipeline developer Energy Transfer LP aren’t subject to a reporter’s records request. (Law 360, subscription)

CLIMATE:
• In Maine, daily temperature measurements in downeast Boothbay Harbor show a steady increase over the past 120 years. (Maine Monitor)
• In parts of Connecticut this past summer, high heat and poor air quality underscored lung health problems linked to climate change. (CT Mirror)
• Three central New Jersey locales collectively receive over $1.3 million in state climate solutions grants to replant salt marshes, forests and urban areas. (MyCentralJersey.com)
• Unseasonably warm conditions are letting Maine’s maple sap tapping season start over a month early. (Bangor Daily News)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• A New York school superintendent is concerned schools don’t have enough information or money to fulfill the state’s electric bus mandate. (Post-Star)
• Electric vehicles earn a prominent place at this year’s Philadelphia Auto Show. 

BUILDINGS: U.S. Green Building Council puts Massachusetts and New York at first and third, respectively, as it ranks states with the most LEED-certified building space per capita. (Environment + Energy Leader)

UTILITIES: A small New Hampshire town gathers enough volunteers to research and develop a community power aggregation program. (Concord Monitor)

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Bridget Reed Morawski

Bridget is a freelance reporter and newsletter writer based in the Washington, D.C., area. She compiles the Northeast Energy News digest. Bridget primarily writes about energy, conservation and the environment. Originally from Philadelphia, she graduated from Emerson College in 2015 with a degree in journalism and a minor in environmental studies. When she isn’t working on a story, she’s normally on a northern Maine lake or traveling abroad to practice her Spanish language skills.