CLIMATE: Advocates say Massachusetts will not reach its climate goals unless people start driving less, and that current plans overemphasize electric vehicles. (Energy News Network)

ALSO: A “green amendment” protecting New York residents’ right to a clean environment will be placed before voters on the fall ballot. (Albany Times Union)

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OFFSHORE WIND:
Documents suggest federal officials were poised to approve the Vineyard Wind offshore project in June 2019 before the Trump administration called for additional review, raising questions of political interference. (E&E News, subscription required)
Reburying the cable that connects the Block Island wind farm in Rhode Island could require a power outage of up to two weeks for island residents. (Providence Business News)
The New Hampshire Senate advances a bill that would require the state’s utilities to procure offshore wind if a state-sponsored solicitation is implemented. (NHPR)
A protest by 80 Maine lobstermen traced the 23-mile route of an undersea cable that would connect a proposed floating wind turbine to land. (Portland Press Herald)

EFFICIENCY: A Vermont city is poised to enact a law requiring weatherization of apartment buildings. (Energy News Network)

NUCLEAR:
A New Jersey appeals court rules state regulators properly awarded zero-emission credits to the state’s nuclear fleet, creating the annual subsidy of up to $300 million. (NJ.com)
The Vermont House passes a bill to update membership on the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant’s decommissioning commission and to provide funds to hire consultants if needed. (Bennington Banner)

NATURAL GAS:
Federal regulators’ review of a Massachusetts compressor station has industry analysts concerned that it could set a precedent for projects under review or to be proposed. (WBUR)
Environmentalists see a test case of New Jersey’s environmental justice law brewing against plans to install a 34-MW natural gas facility at an existing sewage plant in Newark. (NJ.com)

WASTE TO ENERGY: Activists circulate petitions aiming to prevent a contract renewal for a waste-to-energy plant that poses a health risk for a predominantly Black city of Chester, Pennsylvnaia. (Daily Times, PBS)

TRANSMISSION: A proposed power line in western Maine would have about 70 places where communities could tie in for rural broadband access. (Sun Journal)

UTILITIES:
Connecticut regulators lambaste Eversource for its preparedness and response to Tropical Storm Isaias last summer and suggest the company could be fined. (Hartford Courant)
Rhode Island regulators extend the moratorium on utility shutoffs until the end of the school year on June 25. (Providence Journal)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A pilot program to track electric vehicle charging habits and reward drivers for off-peak charging has been approved in Wallingford, Connecticut. (The Record-Journal)

SOLAR: A solar developer has lost a challenge in a Pennsylvania township to site a 25 MW array in a conservation and agriculture zoning district. (Lehigh Valley Live, subscription)

COMMENTARY: A former investment banker says Connecticut will fail to meet its electric vehicle targets as long as the state’s auto dealers successfully prevent direct sales by manufacturers to consumers. (CT Mirror)

Bill Opalka

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.