SOLAR: Maine is home to many small farms with low-lying, hand-harvested crops, making it a good candidate for blending solar energy and food production — but farmers may not give agrivoltaics a try without funding for pilot projects. (Energy News Network)

ALSO:
• The developers and construction firm behind a 77 MW solar farm in Maine will pay a $20,100 civil fine for soil erosion violations at the work site. (Sun Journal)
• A central Pennsylvania college and a Vermont solar developer wrap up construction of a 1.76 MW solar array that will provide 7% of the university’s electricity. (news release)

CLIMATE:
• A climate change responsibility lawsuit brought by two Maryland counties against dozens of oil and gas industry organizations can be tried in state court, a U.S. district court judge rules. (Annapolis Capital Gazette)
• A large clam die-off this past summer in Brunswick, Maine, was likely caused by climate change, a local coastal resources official reports. (CBS 13)
• Researchers with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an international airline partner on a project to pinpoint the climatological impact of contrails. (Boston Herald)
• New York’s governor announces the creation of the ClimateTech Growth Platform, an $8.5 million fund to help commercialize new climate mitigation technologies. (SI Live)

BUILDINGS:
• Three years after New York City’s council passed a building emissions cap, city officials have released draft rules that will help property owners comply with the law. (The City)
• Wellesley College’s most energy-hungry building on campus gets a carbon-reduction makeover to help the college reach its 2040 carbon-neutrality goal. (news release)

HYDROELECTRIC: Thirteen Massachusetts utilities sign power purchase agreements with a power provider for over 100 GWh of hydroelectricity. (news release)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Rivian looks to develop its Connecticut electric vehicle servicing and post-purchase car pick-up center in a town just outside of New Haven. (New Haven Register)

EFFICIENCY:
• Efficiency Maine begins offering a limited-time rebate for both homeowners and renters to buy home winterization equipment. (News Center Maine)
• A group of Vermont energy organizations and companies kicks off its annual weatherization campaign with tips on improving home efficiency. (news release)

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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.