SOLAR: A Rhode Island bill would require new buildings to add on-site solar generation except in a handful of cases, such as if other renewable energy projects are already being incorporated. (Go Local Prov)

ALSO: The future of a slew of proposed Maine community solar farms is murky because of the pricey grid upgrades needed to make them a reality. (Bangor Daily News)


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GRID:
• Rhode Island legislators say a state coastal management agency shouldn’t have approved two underwater power cables for a wind farm without sending the matter to them, as is legally required. (Providence Journal, Boston Globe)
• Challenging meteorological conditions in December and February bent but did not break New York’s grid because of tempered peak demand and the use of a lot of stored fuel, according to the grid operator. (RTO Insider, subscription)
• Work begins to lay a 56-mile undersea power cable between the South Fork wind farm and Long Island, New York. (Newsday)

CLIMATE:
• In light of a damning new climate report from the United Nations imploring developed nations to more quickly end fossil fuel use, observers question whether Massachusetts can do it. (Boston Globe)
• Recorded infections from a potentially fatal, seawater-borne pathogen have increased over the past three decades along the Atlantic coast, raising concern the number of infected people will rise as climate change warms waters. (Inside Climate News)
• As the ocean becomes more acidic because of increased carbon dioxide absorption, a new study finds that the Gulf of Maine’s sea scallop industry could be threatened. (Portland Press Herald)
• Allergy season has become roughly 20 days longer in Washington, D.C.,and eight days longer in Baltimore since 1970 due to warmer temperatures hitting the area earlier. (WTOP)
• Wildflowers in southwestern Pennsylvania appear to have bloomed early this year, leaving one ecologist concerned about their exposure to sudden temperature drops. (Pittsburgh City Paper)

OFFSHORE WIND: Multiple offshore wind project proposals submitted in New York’s recent solicitation utilize Staten Island’s offshore wind manufacturing sites, suggesting the borough is crucial to the industry. (SI Advance)

FINANCE: A New York environmental agency official says the regulations forming the state’s cap-and-invest program likely won’t be ready before a deadline this year. (Buffalo Business First)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• The cost of electrifying buses is a contributing factor to Washington, D.C., transit officials’ proposal to cut three bus lines. (Axios DC)
• New Jersey advocates say the state needs to accelerate its work to adopt a clean car policy and apply it to model year 2027 vehicles. (RTO Insider, subscription)

AFFORDABILITY:
• An audit of embattled Ohio utility FirstEnergy shows a New Jersey subsidiary — Jersey Central Power & Light — needs to pay its customers back $9.6 million for improper allocation of costs. (NJ Spotlight)
• Maine lawmakers consider approving the $2 billion Aroostook County power line and wind energy project, but some are concerned about unknown kilowatt hour costs. (Maine Public Radio)

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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.