SOLAR: Elon Musk says Tesla’s New York factory that fabricates solar panels will convert to manufacturing ventilators “as soon as is humanly possible.” (Energy Live News)
Oil & GAS: Pennsylvania regulators revoke a permit for an oil and gas wastewater well that a township had sought to ban. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
COAL: A labor union is seeking emergency rules to protect coal miners from the spread of COVID-19. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)
STORAGE: Eversource nixes a proposed 1.7 MW battery storage project after New Hampshire regulators suggest expanding its scope. (Sentinel Source)
EMISSIONS: Emissions levels of two pollutants are down up to 30% from a year ago but New Jersey environmental officials say it is too soon to attribute that to stay-at-home orders due to the coronavirus pandemic. (NJ Spotlight)
• Energy producers can apply to participate in supplying resources for the Massachusetts Clean Peak Standard in July.
TRANSMISSION: New Jersey regulators sue the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in federal court to challenge a ruling that leaves New Jersey residents paying for a multi-state transmission line. (NJ Spotlight)
GRID: New York’s grid operator says the coronavirus pandemic and the state’s stay-at-home order create a “historically unprecedented” shift in energy consumption. (E&E News, subscription required)
• Massachusetts regulators ban all utility shutoffs during the state of emergency caused by the coronavirus pandemic. (Eagle-Tribune)
• In response to a dispute over solar tariffs, Delaware regulators rule that utilities should automatically move business customers to the lowest possible rate class rather than wait for a request. (Delaware State News)
• New York regulators delay National Grid’s previously approved $111 million rate increases for electric and natural gas service until July 1 due to the coronavirus outbreak.
OIL AND GAS: Energy Transfer receives a waiver from Pennsylvania to continue some work on sections of the Mariner East pipeline for safety reasons. (Natural Gas Intelligence)
ELECTRIFICATION: Efforts to impose natural gas bans in new construction in several states, including Massachusetts, stall as activists are limited to virtual meetings and officials are preoccupied by COVID-19. (Platts)
EFFICIENCY: New Jersey regulators have developed a proposal to help encourage utilities to adopt more aggressive energy efficiency programs. (NJ Spotlight)
POWER PLANTS: A power plant just commissioned in Pennsylvania is capable of using a blend of natural gas and ethane, a fracking byproduct used in the petrochemical industry. (Utility Dive)
• A western Canadian utility closes its deal to acquire Emera Maine a week after it receives approval from state regulators. (E&E News, subscription required)
• Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker orders all electric, gas and water utilities to cease shutoffs of service for nonpayment during the coronavirus crisis.
TRANSMISSION: A Maine judge sends petitions for an anti-transmission line referendum back to the Secretary of State for further validation after two residents say their signatures were forged. (Bangor Daily News)
• Advocates in New York and other states argue that solar developers provide essential services and should be exempt from restrictions on worker movements during the coronavirus pandemic. (Greentech Media)
• New York’s recently completed solicitation for large-scale renewable energy projects selected more solar capacity than what exists in 34 states. (PV Magazine)
• Teams from New York, Massachusetts and Rhode Island are selected to participate in the Department of Energy’s Solar Innovation Network. (news release)
CLIMATE: A federal court in Massachusetts pauses the state’s climate lawsuit against an Exxon terminal until federal environmental regulators act on a related permit application.
SOLAR: New Jersey installed a record 447 MW of new solar capacity in 2019 as developers rushed to finish projects before expiring incentives wound down. (NJ Spotlight)
GRID: Massachusetts finalizes rules for the Clean Peak Standard intended to promote clean energy adoption during the most expensive hours of electricity production. (Greentech Media)
OIL AND GAS: A Massachusetts court orders Columbia Gas to expedite lump sum payments to victims of a 2018 pipeline explosion with the first round of checks to be sent by mid-May. (WHDH)
OFFSHORE WIND: Federal and academic researchers study the movements of spawning cod off Massachusetts in waters designated as potential offshore wind development areas. (Cape Cod Times)
NUCLEAR: The Seabrook nuclear plant in New Hampshire is operating with limited staff during the coronavirus outbreak, with federal regulators doing some of their inspections remotely.