WIND: Analysts say 2020 has been surprisingly good for the offshore wind industry despite the setback of a delay of the approval of Vineyard Wind in Massachusetts. (Greentech Media)

ALSO: Developers say all 22 turbines are erected at a Maine wind farm and should be operating by the end of the year. (Ellsworth American)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• The New York City Sanitation Department starts a trial run of its first electric garbage truck. (Business Insider)
• New York state’s first fast charging electric vehicle station that can power a vehicle in as little as 20 minutes is installed at an upstate grocery store. (Poughkeepsie Journal)

FUEL CELLS: New York-based fuel cell maker Plug Power signs a contract with Brookfield Renewable Partners for 100% renewable energy for its production of green hydrogen. (Albany Times Union)

STORAGE: Advocates say Rikers Island may be too small for major solar installations after its famous jail closes, but it could be a center for battery storage of energy from other renewable sources. (Queens Daily Eagle)

UTILITIES: Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont calls the state legislature into a special session this week partly to deal with a proposal to penalize utilities for slow service restoration after major storms. (CT Post)

MICROGRIDS: Maryland solicits a second round of microgrid demonstration projects after a successful launch of the program this year. (Microgrid Knowledge)

ACTIVISM: Protestors gather in New Haven to demand more city action on climate change and environmental justice. (Yale Daily News) 

COMMENTARY:
• A natural gas advocate in New Jersey says the state’s Energy Master Plan should be reevaluated in light of the economic disruptions caused by COVID-19. (NJ.com)
• A web of fossil fuel interests, conservative think tanks and climate change deniers fund efforts to derail Pennsylvania’s entry into a regional emissions-trading agreement. (Energy Policy Institute)
• An editorial board says a delay to a proposed liquified natural gas export terminal in New Jersey is temporary, but the damage it would cause if approved is permanent. (Philadelphia Inquirer)
• A climate activist says Massachusetts became a national leader with its climate bill in 2008 and can do so again as legislators try to address different versions of an updated law. (Commonwealth Magazine)

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.