NUCLEAR: A consultant hired by New Jersey suggests subsidies approved for the state’s three nuclear plants could be significantly reduced as they come up for a three-year renewal. (NJ Spotlight)

ALSO: Activists urge New York to come up with a plan for safe disposal of nuclear waste at a Buffalo-area storage facility after federal officials say decisions about its future are unresolved. (Albany Times Union)

OFFSHORE WIND:
The developer of the Vineyard Wind offshore project says it will reapply for a federal permit “very, very soon” after it withdrew its application during the final days of the Trump administration. (Reuters)
A new report says New York could integrate 900 GW of offshore wind without major upgrades to its land-based bulk transmission system. (reNEWS)

RENEWABLE ENERGY: Maine issues its second competitive solicitation for renewable energy projects as part of its commitment to double the percentage of clean power produced in the state. (Mainebiz)

CLIMATE: State and local officials in Pennsylvania say they will support President Biden’s order for the U.S. to rejoin the Paris Agreement; and Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont says his state “is already in” on the climate fight “and will continue to lead.” (StateImpact Pennsylvania, Hartford Courant)

SOLAR: Community solar investors pay for solar panels that will supply up to 70% of the electricity requirements of two Maine food bank warehouses. (Sun Journal)

HEATING: Eversource begins a pilot program in Worcester, Massachusetts for a microdistrict heating project using ground source heat pumps. (Worcester Magazine)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A Maine town approves electric vehicle charging stations to take advantage of available grant money as opponents say other budget priorities exist during the pandemic. (Portland Press Herald) 

COMMENTARY:
A Massachusetts biomass proponent says using wood waste is an inefficient way to produce electricity, but its greater value is in home heating. (CommonWealth Magazine)
The Sierra Club says proposals to raise the renewable portfolio standard in Delaware should not be modest but strive to set a target of at least 50%. (Delaware State News)

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.