EQUITY: A visiting scholar in Vermont uses her work to discuss racial equity and justice as a focus in clean energy. (Energy News Network)

OFFSHORE WIND: A development partner of the Vineyard Wind offshore project says it is on track for permits later this year as other projects on the East Coast face delays. (reNEWS)

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• Leading clean energy cities like Pittsburgh are likely to have their programs suffer as COVID-19 blows holes in municipal budgets. (E&E News, subscription required)
• In a national poll, a vast majority of Maryland residents say government aid to industries affected by the coronavirus pandemic should go to clean energy and not fossil fuels. (Maryland Matters)
• A New Jersey town’s community renewable energy program with automatic enrollment starts next month with residents able to opt out by May 6, while another town considers a community choice aggregation agreement. (Centraljersey.com)

NUCLEAR: The mayor of the town that hosts the closing Indian Point nuclear plant says local governments and schools should get part of the $15 million fund set up when the plant’s closure was negotiated. (Lohud.com)

• A New York town adds a visual assessment to requirements for review of projects in its solar energy law. (Altamont Enterprise)
• The transit authority for metropolitan Philadelphia expects to save several hundred thousands of dollars a year from its contract to purchase nearly 44 MW of solar power. (PV Magazine)
• Rhode Island has about 420 brownfield sites as possible locations for solar arrays that could tap into a state energy fund that becomes available next week. (ecoRI)

• New Jersey’s former top utility regulator says battery storage is unfortunately left out of the state’s new efficiency plan while it should be given a greater role, as other states have done. (NJ Spotlight)
• Several Northeastern states are among the leaders in taking clean energy and climate action that can serve as a model at the federal level. (Center for American Progress)
• A former state senator says developers of a power line from Canada through Maine make exaggerated jobs and climate claims, and says the line would devastate the state’s renewable energy industry. (Sun Journal)

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.