STORAGE: An energy storage company receives a $400 million loan guarantee from the Department of Energy for a Pennsylvania manufacturing facility that is expected to employ as many as 650 people. (Reuters)

ALSO: A New York town passes a moratorium on energy storage projects in response to local pushback on a microgrid project that is included in the town’s comprehensive plan. (Adirondack Explorer)

• A Vermont microchip company plans to develop a 3.5 MW solar farm after receiving state permission last year to form its own power subsidiary. (Williston Observer)
• A developer announces the completion of 17 MW of community solar projects in Maryland. (PV Magazine)
• Construction is expected to begin this fall on a long-delayed solar project atop a former Maine landfill. (Portland Press Herald)

• Environmental groups urge Maine Gov. Janet Mills to seek more input from tribal nations in offshore wind siting discussions. (Portland Press Herald)
• Ørsted will begin survey work this month for a proposed offshore wind farm off the Delaware and Maryland coasts. (Coastal Point)
• Representatives from a Gulf of Mexico fishing group tour the South Fork and Block Island offshore wind projects off New England. (Providence Journal)
• A representative from a recreational fishing group resigns in protest from a coastal management council after its approval of a Rhode Island offshore wind farm. (Newport This Week)

JOBS: A New England solar developer says its staff has doubled in size over the past two years, but still has not been able to find enough workers to meet demand. (Newscenter Maine)

UTILITIES: Eversource warns some customers’ data was compromised after an energy efficiency vendor’s software was breached. (WMUR)

• New York City officials approve a rule allowing pedal-assisted compact electric trucks to be used as delivery vehicles in the city. (Environment + Energy Leader)
• Maryland will move forward with changes to the state’s vehicle emissions inspection program, after a process to ensure it wouldn’t limit the state’s ability to fight pollution or unfairly impact poorer communities. (Maryland Matters)
• Respondents to an informal poll say Boston needs more charging stations to make electric vehicles a more enticing option. (

POLLUTION: A Massachusetts family is facing hundreds of thousands of dollars in out-of-pocket costs to clean up damage from a heating oil leak on their property. (NBC Boston)

• An energy lawyer says the Sierra Club’s endorsement of a Maine public utility proposal is overly optimistic. (Portland Press Herald)
• An advocate writes that Pennsylvania’s fossil fuel legacy makes its participation in a regional climate compact more significant, and gives the state an opportunity to “be a leader yet again” on energy. (Pennsylvania Capital-Star)

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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.