WIND: Boston University buys all of its electricity from a South Dakota wind farm, reasoning that it has a greater climate impact than buying locally sourced renewable energy. (Energy News Network)

ALSO:
A Massachusetts-based transmission developer and a Danish consultancy say they will jointly bid on a proposed project to connect New Jersey offshore wind farms to the PJM grid. (North American Windpower)
A New York study identifies income opportunities for fishermen and other mariners created by offshore wind. (reNEWS)

CLIMATE:
Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont introduces a suite of climate bills to address climate change mitigation, energy efficiency and transportation. (news release)
A bill introduced in Maryland encourages schools to take more direct actions to reduce their climate impacts. (Maryland Matters)

TRANSPORTATION:
Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont and gasoline and diesel interests gear up for a fight in the state legislature over a bill to allow state membership in a regional tailpipe emissions pact. (Hartford Courant)
A coalition of environmental, labor and other groups petition New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy to eliminate a budget item that would divert money from the state’s Clean Energy Fund to NJ Transit operations. (NJ.com)
New Jersey awards grants to 47 municipalities and organizations for electric vehicles and infrastructure with funds from a regional emissions agreement and the Volkwagen settlement. (NorthJersey.com)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: New Jersey regulators approve Atlantic City Electric’s $21 million electric vehicle infrastructure plan, which was scaled back from a $42.1 million proposal in 2019. (NJ Spotlight)

FRACKING: The Delaware River Basin Commission says it will vote next week on a permanent ban on fracking in northeastern Pennsylvania counties that has been in place for a decade. (Associated Press)

EFFICIENCY: Two dozen New Hampshire businesses write to state officials urging an increase in efficiency standards to provide long-term cost benefits. (NH Business Review)

GRID: Analysts and officials in Maryland and New York say a grid failure like the one crippling Texas is unlikely in the East due to cold weather preparedness, market regulation and other factors. (WLJA, Albany Times Union)

UTILITIES: Low income advocacies and other public interest groups are asking Pennsylvania regulators to extend the moratorium on utility shutoffs past its March 31 expiration. (KYW)

BIOMASS: Environmental justice advocates rally against a proposed biomass plant and state incentives that would aid it in a western Massachusetts city. (Masslive.com, WWLP)

TRANSMISSION: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers defends its limited review of a Maine power line in federal court, saying it had jurisdiction only over a small section. (Bloomberg Law, subscription required)

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.