ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Maine has only reached 4% of its 2030 electric vehicle adoption goal, and residents and businesses will have to purchase 30,000 more vehicles every year until then to meet it. (Bangor Daily News)

ALSO:
• Maryland health advocates say the new law incrementally pushing the state’s transition to zero-emissions vehicles allows for a slower rollout period if the state decides there isn’t enough EV infrastructures to support more cars. (Inside Climate News)
• New York City transportation officials plan to install 50 electric vehicle chargers at city-owned parking garages, which will help expand the charging network for non-Tesla owners. (Gothamist)
• Pennsylvania lawmakers examine how to make sure drivers of zero-emission vehicles pay into highway maintenance funds. (Pennsylvania Capital-Star)

OIL & GAS: New York’s tentative budget deal includes a provision for the state to retire downstate peaker plants by 2030, moving up the timeline by five years. (E&E News, subscription)

CLIMATE:
• Delaware legislators refile legislation to cut the state’s emissions to half of 2005 levels by 2030 and reach net-zero emissions by 2050. (DPM)
• A new state report suggests that New Jersey’s increasing hot temperatures and stagnant rainfall totals could result in more hospitalizations and deaths in vulnerable communities. (WHYY)

SOLAR:
• A New York representative and a Maine senator are among the federal lawmakers introducing a bill that seeks to develop floating solar farms on federal reservoirs, among other provisions. (The Saratogian)
• Developers will soon file a permit application for a 20 MW solar farm in Shaftsbury, Vermont, already facing local pushback. (Bennington Banner)

CLEAN ENERGY: In New Jersey, small businesses can now file applications with a state agency for an up-to-$10 million fund matching program for clean energy investments like wind power generation. (RTO Insider, subscription)

BUILDINGS: New York gives $15 million to the Future Housing Initiative to speed up work on 3,000 energy-efficient, all-electric affordable homes. (PIX11)

EQUITY: Some residents of the 90 Long Island, New York, communities that the state has identified as disadvantaged detail some of the climate projects and outcomes that state funds could support. (Newsday)

UTILITIES:
• Connecticut’s decision to adopt performance-based utility regulation leads financial analysts to retune earnings forecasts for the state’s investor-owned utilities. (CommonWealth Magazine)
• Following major price spikes last year, a New Hampshire legislative committee advances a bill allowing utilities to sign long-term power purchase agreements, mainly for new renewable energy projects. (InDepth NH)

OFFSHORE WIND: In Providence, Rhode Island, workers at a wind turbine assembly hub and port continue building parts needed for South Fork Wind and Revolution Wind, which still requires permits. (Boston Globe)

NUCLEAR: Connecticut will likely have to keep the Millstone plant’s 50-year-old nuclear waste for at least another decade, but federal officials have released a new roadmap for a temporary nationwide storage solution. (New Haven Register)

AFFORDABILITY: Some New York State Electric & Gas customers say they’re being overbilled by thousands of dollars — money the utility will reimburse only after they have paid and filed a claim. (Lockport Union-Sun & Journal)

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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.