PIPELINES: The Colonial Pipeline resumed full operations yesterday, nearly a week after hackers forced it to shut down. (Associated Press) 

ALSO:
• While impacts in the Northeast were minimal, panic-buying is leading to gasoline shortages at some Maryland stations, and Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf urged residents not to hoard gasoline. (Frederick News-Post, Patriot-News)
• “An eighth-grader could have hacked into that system.” An audit three years ago found “glaring deficiencies” in the Colonial Pipeline’s security practices. (Associated Press)

UTILITIES: New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signs a bill extending the state’s moratorium on utility disconnections. (Daily Orange)

OFFSHORE WIND: Vineyard Wind developers expect opponents, notably fishing industry groups, to file legal challenges now that the project has gained federal approval. (E&E News, subscription)

OIL & GAS:
• A study finds people living in Pennsylvania counties with fracking have higher rates of hospitalizations and deaths due to heart attacks than demographically similar counties in New York. (Environmental Health News)
• Pennsylvania is among several states where lawmakers are considering barring local governments from restricting which type of energy their residents can use — a type of bill usually meant to protect natural gas. (Farm and Dairy)

JOBS: A Pennsylvania survey finds 84% of clean energy companies are having trouble hiring skilled workers, with electricians particularly in demand. (Pittsburgh Business Times)

SOLAR:
• A New York agency is funding a study of the impacts and benefits of co-locating solar arrays with grazing and beekeeping operations. (PV Magazine)
• A Maryland county announces a contract to build a 5.6 MW microgrid at a bus depot that will combine solar canopies and storage to charge electric buses. (Canary Media)

GRID:
• Planning officials in South Portland, Maine, next week will consider a site plan for a proposed 10 MW battery storage facility. (Mainebiz)
• Maryland regulators approve two battery storage projects, one of which will be paired with an electric vehicle charging station. (Power Engineering)

CLEAN ENERGY:
• A Maine lawmaker introduces a bill that would create a green bank to help homeowners and businesses finance clean energy projects. (Penobscot Bay Pilot)
• Connecticut’s Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy program has invested $200 million in nearly 340 clean energy projects since the program began in 2013. (Environmental Leader)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• A New York lawmaker is pushing a bill that would allow electric vehicle manufacturers to sell directly to consumers rather than through a dealership. (Newsday)
• A Vermont business owner turns an “obsession” with electric lawn mowers into a campaign to help people transition from gasoline-powered equipment. (Seven Days)

EFFICIENCY: A coastal Maine town considers hiring a consultant to evaluate its streetlight array before replacing them with LEDs. (Portsmouth Herald)

COMMENTARY:
• New Hampshire environmental activists say Vineyard Wind highlights their state’s “missed opportunities” when it comes to procuring offshore wind and clean energy. (Union Leader)
• A western Massachusetts editorial board hopes Vineyard Wind’s approval will bring more offshore wind projects to the state. (Berkshire Eagle)
• Encouraging electric vehicle adoption will both fight climate change and bring jobs to Connecticut, a leader of an electrical workers union writes. (CTPost)

Ken Paulman

Ken is the director of the Energy News Network at Fresh Energy and is a founding editor of both Midwest Energy News and Southeast Energy News. Prior to joining Fresh Energy, he was the managing editor for online news at Minnesota Public Radio. He started his journalism career in 2002 as a copy editor for the Duluth News Tribune before spending five years at the Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Washington, where he worked as a copy editor, online producer, features editor and night city editor. A Nebraska native, Ken has a bachelor's degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a master's degree from the University of Oregon. He is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and Investigative Reporters and Editors.