CLEAN ENERGY: After five years of bureaucratic limbo, a first-of-its-kind Massachusetts pilot gains state approval to provide solar panels, heat pumps, and battery storage to low-income households in the Cape Cod area. (Energy News Network)

• Seven people are dead following an explosion at a Pennsylvania chocolate factory, where several employees had complained of a gas smell at the facility for months; the local utility is investigating. (Associated Press, WGAL)
• Lincoln, Maine, and a biofuels refinery developer sign a 20-plus-year lease to produce heating fuel from waste wood at a former paper mill site. (Bangor Daily News)

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• The developers of the controversial New England Clean Energy Connect power line will argue they have vested rights to continue building it, despite Mainers voting to kill the project, in a trial scheduled to begin in mid-April. (Portland Press Herald)
• Around 20,000 western Pennsylvanians are without power this morning following strong winds. (PowerOutage.US, WGME)
• Construction industry leaders poke holes in a recently touted alternate microgrid project to support NJ Transit that would rely on renewable energy and battery storage, noting that it doesn’t account for transmission costs. (Asbury Park Press)

• Maine Rep. Chellie Pingree introduces legislation as part of the 2023 Farm Bill to help farms reach net-zero emissions by 2040. (Portland Press Herald)
• Gardeners and horticultural staff at botanical gardens and parks around New York City describe how climate change alters the regional flora’s phenology. (The City)

BUILDINGS: Places like Cape Cod are cultivating “activity centers” full of businesses, retail, social gathering spots and civic institutions to reduce car dependency. (Smart Cities Dive)

• After nearly a decade of planning, a Massachusetts community farm’s solar array will soon provide nearly all of the power it needs for agricultural activities. (The Heights)
• The city council of Saratoga Springs, New York, gives a $150,000 grant to a community farm to begin generating solar power on site. (Times Union)

TIDAL: A tidal power company looks to restart testing its tidal turbines near Eastport, Maine, this year after a decade-long pause on Cobscook Bay operations. (Maine Monitor)

• Maine legislators consider a bill to seek standard offer bids for longer term lengths in order to reduce rate volatility. (WGME)
• Amid billing and customer service problems, activists and officials in Rochester, New York, consider replacing Rochester Gas & Electric with a public utility. (WXXI)

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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.