GRID: Eversource on Friday released a draft of its plans to upgrade Massachusetts’ electrical grid, which the utility says will help accommodate more than 2 GW of solar power. (MassLive)

ALSO: Numerous obstacles remain for plans to build an underwater transmission network to connect offshore wind farms in the Northeast. (E&E News)

• All nine members of the Rhode Island Fisherman’s Advisory Board resigned in protest on Friday, saying the state’s Coastal Resource Management Council, which it advises, “has made deference to offshore wind developers its top priority.” (EcoRI)
• Advocates say a recent poll showing declining support for offshore wind in New Jersey shows that “lies and misinformation are having a significant effect”; meanwhile, a candidate for state legislature amplifies the false narrative that wind farm surveying is to blame for recent whale deaths. (Gothamist, Politico)

SOLAR: An 80 MW solar farm is proposed on the site of a former airport near Erie, Pennsylvania. (Erie Times-News)

• Advocates celebrate a Department of Transportation decision to suspend a Trump-era rule that would have allowed rail shipment of liquified natural gas through Pennsylvania and New Jersey. (Pennsylvania Capital-Star)
• A gas pipeline project in New Jersey could be jeopardized by a judge’s ruling last week to invalidate the project’s exemption from environmental rules. (

• A $100 annual fee for electric vehicle registration to offset lost gasoline tax revenue for roads took effect in New Hampshire on Friday. (Concord Monitor)
• Plans for bullet trains in the Northeast Corridor are stymied by old tracks that can’t handle high speeds. (E&E News)
• A pilot project in New York City offering discounted ebikes to delivery workers to get unsafe models off the street has only had three trade-ins since July. (New York Times)

HYDROPOWER: Officials representing three Maine town urge congressional leaders to intervene in ISO New England’s delay in interconnecting four hydroelectric dams. (Sun Journal) 

• Central Maine Power ratepayers shared concerns about high bills and service problems with state regulators at a public hearing last week. (Advertiser Democrat)
• Nebraska’s public utilities provide talking points for both opponents and proponents of an effort to create a consumer-owned utility in Maine. (Bangor Daily News)

ELECTRIFICATION: Applications for Rhode Island’s heat pump rebate program begin today. (WPRI)

• Connecticut lawmakers defend the integrity of the state’s regulatory board amid attacks it is being “punitive” in a rate proceeding that seeks to tie utility profitability to performance. (Hartford Courant)
• Environmental and labor activists write that “we must acknowledge our energy transformation is being powered by working people.” (PennLive)

CORRECTION: An item in Thursday’s edition incorrectly stated that Albion is in northern Maine. It is in the central part of the state.

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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.