OIL & GAS: The academic whose report helped spur Pennsylvania’s fracking boom says several mistakes were made by industry and political leaders that resulted in a recent scathing grand jury report. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)

ALSO: A petrochemical tax break bill vetoed by Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf could be revived by legislators this week with caps on what companies could receive. (Associated Press)

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PIPELINES: Clean energy advocates in New Jersey say recent court victories nationally give them hope they can defeat nine pending pipeline projects in the state. (NJ Spotlight)

OFFSHORE WIND: The developer of Maryland’s first offshore wind farm says it will no longer pursue an interconnection facility at a Deleware state park, citing the presence of undisturbed wetlands. (offshoreWIND.biz)

HYDROPOWER: Hydro-Quebec and Maine sign a contract to provide discounted electricity to the state from part of the capacity transmitted by a new power line mostly intended to serve Massachusetts. (Bangor Daily News)

SOLAR: Solar developers and conservationists spar over new rules in Massachusetts meant to protect forest land but that hinder new large-scale projects. (Boston Globe)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: New Jersey requests information from electric vehicle manufacturers on how it could convert to medium and heavy duty trucks to electrify the state fleet. (ROI-NJ.com)

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COAL: A coal operator gives notice that it will lay off 233 workers by the end of August, idling one of three mines at a southwestern Pennsylvania complex. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

COMMENTARY:
• New York’s comptroller says the state pension fund has been top-ranked internationally for its management of climate risks and rejects calls for immediate divestment of fossil fuel assets. (Albany Times Union)
• A conservation group says a climate report in New Jersey is a “wake-up call” for immediate action to address the crisis. (NorthJersey.com)
• A convenience store trade organization says work and commuting habits changed by the coronavirus pandemic eliminates the need for a regional vehicle emissions trading compact. (Boston Herald)
• Most Pennsylvania families would benefit from a proposed federal climate law that would collect fees from carbon emitters and distribute them to residents according to a report. (CentreDaily.com)

Bill Opalka

Bill is a freelance journalist based outside Albany, New York. As a former New England correspondent for RTO Insider, he has written about energy for newspapers, magazines and other publications for more than 20 years. He has an extensive career in trade publications and newspapers, mostly focused on the utility sector, covering such issues as restructuring, renewable energy and consumer affairs. Bill covers Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire and also compiles the Northeast Energy News daily email digest.