EMISSIONS: Supporters of new rules to regulate methane emissions at Pennsylvania gas wells say loopholes still exist for low-producing facilities. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

CLIMATE: Power generators in New England release a new study that advocates for a price on carbon that increases from $25 to $70 per ton over a decade. (E&E News, subscription required) 

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SOLAR:
• New York announces $10.6 million in grants to help offset pre-development costs for solar projects that benefit disadvantaged communities. (Grist)
• A 20 MW solar project is planned for 70 acres outside Pittsburgh. (Pittsburgh Business Times, subscription required)

TRANSMISSION: Lawyers for Central Maine Power ask a state judge to remove an anti-transmission line referendum from the fall ballot as both sides agree the matter will eventually be decided by the Maine Supreme Court. (Associated Press)

EFFICIENCY: The New York Power Authority will replace 500,000 street lights in the state with LEDs. (Smart Cities)

OFFSHORE WIND: Federal regulators will hold a technical conference in the fall to consider how best to integrate burgeoning offshore wind development with the onshore transmission grid. (Riviera)

POWER PLANTS: A 1,000 MW natural gas power plant in western Pennsylvania is now operating. (Kallanish Energy)

STORAGE: Battery providers and Northeastern utilities are collaborating on approaches to integrate residential “bring your own devices” with distributed energy resources. (Greentech Media)

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CLEAN ENERGY: A Vermont utility launches a program to allow customers to share credits earned through net metering with nonprofits and small businesses. (Rutland Herald)

COMMENTARY:
• The chair of the New Hampshire Senate energy committee says the House must override Gov. Chris Sununu’s third veto of net metering legislation that was passed this session. (Concord Monitor)
• The director of a new Pennsylvania organization says wise use of energy resources is a conservative value. (TribLIVE)

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.