CLIMATE: Today’s arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court on Baltimore’s climate suit against major oil companies could become a national test case if the justices agree to consider whether states can properly hear such cases. (Inside Climate News)

ALSO:
Activists and political leaders across Massachusetts express frustration with Gov. Charlie Baker for his veto of a comprehensive climate roadmap bill. (WAMC, Patriot-Ledger)
• Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney says the city aims to be carbon-neutral by 2050. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)

TRANSMISSION:
• A federal appeals court grants a temporary injunction to halt construction of a Maine power line from Canada just hours after the project receives its final permit from the U.S. Energy Department. (WBUR)
• The owner of New York City’s largest power plant rebrands itself and is developing a 1,200 MW transmission line to import wind and solar power from upstate. (Greentech Media)

OFFSHORE WIND:
• New York’s award of two offshore wind contracts last week would double the number of turbines off Long Island to about 170. (Newsday)
• Promoters of the Vineyard Wind project off Cape Cod hope its permitting woes are over as the Biden administration takes over. (WBUR)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• Vermont has the highest number of electric vehicle charging stations per capita in the U.S. with 114 per 100,000 residents. (Green Car Congress)
• New Jersey approves a $16 million pilot program to help businesses and institutions replace diesel trucks with zero-emission vehicles in environmental justice communities. (NJ Spotlight)

SOLAR:
• Some Pennsylvania residents in areas slated for solar project express fears about alleged health effects from the panels as officials work to counter misinformation. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)
• New guidance on the proper siting of solar development is released by Maine agricultural officials. (CentralMaine.com)

PIPELINES: A Pennsylvania state court judge tosses bribery and other counts against a private security firm charged more than a year ago for hiring constables to police a pipeline construction site. (Daily Local News)

POLITICS: U.S. Commerce Secretary-designate and Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo leaves a mixed legacy, including her support of a failed natural gas power plant, the first commercial offshore wind farm and various climate-friendly policies. (Providence Journal)

RENEWABLE ENERGY: A bill that would extend Delaware’s renewable portfolio standard from 2025 to 2040 heads to a legislative conference committee. (Delaware Public Media)

OIL & GAS: Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf tells residents of a Pittsburgh suburb that he lacks authority to revoke a permit for an injection well for fracking wastewater. (Pittsburgh Business Times)

COMMENTARY: A smart meter software developer says New Jersey’s $1.5 billion smart meter rollout is required to transform the grid to enable the switch to clean energy. (NJ.com)

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.