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Activists work to ensure equity in Massachusetts’ offshore wind boom

WIND: Massachusetts is poised to be a part of an economic boom created by offshore wind, and activists want to ensure that low-income communities and people of color share in the prosperity. (Energy News Network)

ALSO: A Connecticut couple threatens legal action over a state siting board decision on a wind farm expansion, saying it will disrupt their vacation home. (Hartford Courant)

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COAL: Even though federal regulators gave a reprieve to power plants that burn waste coal, industry pricing trends suggest the resource has limited economic viability. (E&E News, subscription required)

OIL & GAS: As oil prices collapse, Pennsylvania faces a looming crisis of abandoned wells in the Allegheny National Forest. (Associated Press)

UTILITIES: Utility rate case timelines are extended and delayed by COVID-19 in the Northeast and nationally. (Platts)

SOLAR:
• Maine Audubon investigates how to use Geographic Information Systems to build solar projects in areas that cause the least environmental impact. (Bangor Daily News)
• Critics of Massachusetts’ Clean Peak Standard say the policy merely provides incentives to behind-the-meter storage and does not provide price signals of the best time to dispatch the energy. (PV Magazine)

RENEWABLE ENERGY: A developer proposes a $142 million “green diesel” plant in eastern Pennsylvania to produce fuel from cellulose-based products like paper and wood pallets. (The Mercury)

GRID: New York’s grid operator says declines in electricity demand in New York City reached 18% and also fell in other parts of the state in the first weeks of the coronavirus pandemic. (Greentech Media)

STORAGE: An innovative zinc-air battery storage demonstration project in New York is on track during the pandemic with an agreement with the building owner expected soon. (MINING.com)

SUSTAINABILITY: A new dormitory at the Rhode Island School of Design utilizes a new timber-based construction technology that has lower emissions than concrete or steel. (Providence Journal)

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CLIMATE: Baltimore and Rhode Island climate lawsuits against oil companies allege deceptive behavior in their attempts to mischaracterize their knowledge of climate impacts of fossil fuels. (DeSmog) 

COMMENTARY: An editorialist says Pennsylvania’s decision to classify some of the Mariner East construction as “life-sustaining” when it granted a waiver to continue construction makes no sense. (Unionville Times)

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