GRID: ISO New England says regional, small-scale solar arrays reduced power demand in the middle of the day more than ever last year. (NHPR)

• Federal officials reject a complaint from two renewable energy trade groups claiming ISO New England has a bias toward certain gas-fired power plants. (Utility Dive)
• As part of a demonstration project, the New York Power Authority uses a lithium-ion battery storage system to lower energy costs and shave power demand peaks. (S&P Global)

• New Jersey’s public utilities board authorizes the onshore landing portion of an offshore wind farm, utilizing a contentious law to sidestep the will of local authorities. (Associated Press)
• Wind turbine manufacturer Vestas sets its sights on New Jersey for the home of an East Coast facility to create offshore wind turbine nacelles. (WindPower Monthly)
• A German manufacturer touts the creation of its heaviest-ever monopile for the Vineyard Wind I farm. (electrek)

• A New York solar manufacturer plans to bring production back from overseas, citing geopolitical issues and federal incentives for American-made goods. (Utility Dive)
• The American Farmland Trust finds that many Connecticut farmers are interested in agrivoltaics, using their land to co-locate solar generation and agricultural projects. (CT Insider)
• A Long Island town board unanimously decides to fast-track permits for homeowners seeking to install solar panels and electric vehicle chargers. (Newsday)

• Washington, D.C.’s world-renowned cherry trees are budding weeks earlier than last year because of mild winter temps, but climate change also threatens the trees through rising sea levels. (DCist)
• Connecticut wants federal officials to kick in another $47 million to fund a flood control plan to bolster climate resiliency in a Bridgeport neighborhood. (CT Post)
• A lack of snow this winter and warm temperatures put Delaware way below the amount of rainfall it needs for soil and crop health this summer. (News Journal)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: New York City’s sanitation department ran out of room last year to store hazardous waste remaining from lithium-ion battery fires, forcing an emergency procurement contract to have the waste transported. (The City)

OIL & GAS: A New York legislator starts a petition to stop the state from requiring electrification and banning fossil fuel appliances in new single-family homes. (Livingston County News)

• In a city where tens of thousands of residents use public food scrap drop-off sites each year, Washington, D.C., plans to pilot a curbside compost pick-up program this summer for certain types of homes. (DCist)
• A Massachusetts dairy farm’s anaerobic digester helps diversify the business’ revenue stream and utilize the emitted methane associated with the state’s food waste into gas. (Boston Globe)

UTILITIES: A New York lawmaker who supports converting the state’s investor-owned utilities into public entities says there isn’t enough political will to make it happen. (Daily Freeman)

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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.