ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Pennsylvania officials announce they’ll use $33.8 million in federal grants to build, operate and maintain electric vehicle charging stations across 35 counties. (Pennsylvania Capital-Star)

ALSO:
• A Rhode Island school district discusses the lessons learned in its first year of using electric school buses, including tricks to help drivers be more efficient. (ecoRI)
• New York City officials propose a local amendment that would allow for roughly golf cart-sized cargo e-bikes to make more efficient last-mile deliveries. (Gothamist)

OFFSHORE WIND: Ørsted’s chief executive explains his view of the Northeast offshore wind market on an earnings call, saying he’s “confident” that policymakers understand they need to pay more to reach their goals. (RTO Insider, subscription)

GRID:
• Officials in Erie County, New York, announce new measures to protect residents during blizzards following a fatal winter storm in 2022, including a new process to prevent ice and snow from damaging substations. (WIVB)
• New England’s grid operator suggests it needs a 21.5% revenue requirement hike to retain and expand its personnel, a proposal facing criticism from public advocacy groups over a lack of transparency and public comment. (RTO Insider, subscription)
• It’s been 20 years since the 2003 Northeast blackout left 50 million people without power across the region. (ABC 7)

OIL & GAS:
• A Japanese company agrees to sell the 693 MW oil-and-gas-fired Kleen Energy Systems power plant in Middletown, Connecticut, to a private equity firm for an undisclosed sum. (Utility Dive)
• Conservationists say a proposed pipeline carrying biogas from Vermont’s largest dairy farm to the Vermont Gas System is a false climate solution. (Seven Days)

SOLAR:
• The Philadelphia Energy Authority seeks contractors to install rooftop solar on the homes of at least 750 new low-to-moderate-income families. (WHYY)
• A New York school district is installing solar carports in the parking lots of six schools following an energy audit. (Patch)

CLIMATE:
• A new federal report shows Maine’s 54,000 acres of salt marsh and eelgrass habitat store almost 2 million metric tons of carbon, highlighting the ecosystem’s carbon sequestration potential. (Maine Public Radio)
• A common mid-Atlantic crab is appearing more frequently in Gulf of Maine estuaries amid warming ocean temperatures. (Maine Public Radio)

UTILITIES: The town of Windsor, Massachusetts, is still waiting to learn whether the state has approved its municipal power aggregation plan —  roughly 16 months after filing it. (Berkshire Eagle)

BUILDINGS: Massachusetts receives almost $4 million in federal Energy Department grants to update and apply stretch energy and specialized building codes. (Mass Live)

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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.