GRID: In New York, community opposition leads New Leaf Energy to cancel plans to develop a lithium-ion battery storage facility in a Long Island town. (SI Live)

ALSO: Hydro-Québec says it’s still ready to deliver the hydroelectricity it’s contracted to provide Massachusetts despite lengthy delays in the necessary transmission line build-out. (CommonWealth Magazine)

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TRANSPORTATION:
• Maryland’s incoming governor and Democratic elected officials want to dust off plans to develop a 14-mile-long east-west light rail route in Baltimore. (WBAL TV)
• New York City officials hold up the development of a protected bike lane along a Lower Manhattan courthouse amid objections from judges and court officers, who frequently use an existing traffic lane to illegally park. (Gothamist)
• New legislation would open up thousands of rebates worth between $400 – $1,200 for residents of Washington, D.C., to purchase electric bikes. (DCist)

CLEAN ENERGY: A spokesman for New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy declined to comment last week on a new report finding state officials have misused nearly $2 billion from the state’s Clean Energy Fund since 2010. (New Jersey Monitor)

CRYPTOMINING: New York regulators face a lawsuit from several environmental nonprofits over the approval of a cryptomining operation’s peaker plant purchase. (The Guardian)

BUILDINGS:
• A Maine real estate developer hopes to replicate his new project —  a new condo building in Portland featuring rooftop solar panels, heat pumps and electric vehicle chargers — elsewhere in the state. (News Center Maine)
• Developers say they’ll soon break ground on a massive project to convert the former Philadelphia Energy Solutions refinery into a life sciences hub. (Axios Philadelphia)
• New Jersey regulators will soon issue draft rules that would require new coastal developments to be propped at least six feet above projected flood levels. (E&E News, subscription)

CLIMATE:
• Meteorologists say 2022 was Massachusetts’ sixth-warmest year in recorded history, a year the state experienced its second-warmest summer ever. (WCVB)
• A lack of frozen ground in Maine creates muddy conditions preventing loggers from cutting wood, shutting down numerous operations. (Maine Public Radio)

SOLAR:
• A consumer products recycling business in New Bedford, Massachusetts, installs almost 2 MW of rooftop solar, putting the company nearly halfway toward its solar capacity goal. (news release)
• Some observers say the financial structure of Maine’s community solar program hurts low-to-moderate-income households who aren’t subscribed. (Bangor Daily News)
• A Vermont town planning commission says it won’t recommend a proposed location of a long-delayed 2 MW solar array be considered a “preferred site” because of viewshed concerns. (Bennington Banner)
• A Tibetan Buddhist retreat center in Vermont drafts plans for a 500 kW ground-mounted solar array to electrify its facility as well as roughly 135 nearby homes. (news release)

FUEL CELLS: New York officials host a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Plug Power’s new $125 million green hydrogen fuel cell factory, which they say will create “1,600 new, good-paying jobs.” (news release)

UTILITIES:
• Four communities in New Hampshire’s Upper Valley will be among the first to receive electricity from a community power aggregation program in the state this spring. (Valley News)
• New York’s Long Island Power Authority proposes a new standard rate for 2024 to incentivize customers to shift power usage to off-peak hours. (WSHU)

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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.