CLEAN ENERGY: New York officials propose utility rebates for communities that host wind or solar facilities, which could help temper local opposition to energy projects. (Albany Times Union)

ALSO: A recent state report finds clean energy industries employed 44,000 people in Connecticut in 2019, a 9% increase from 2015. (Patch)

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SMART METERS: Pennsylvania regulators ask the state Supreme Court to review a lower court ruling that, deferring to dubious health claims about radio waves, invalidated a state policy requiring smart meters. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

EFFICIENCY: A developer converting a New Haven office building into a net-zero hotel hopes the project can provide a model for an industry that has lagged on energy efficiency. (New York Times)

PIPELINES: City council members in Weymouth, Massachusetts seek ways to continue fighting a compressor station despite a recent deal cut by the city’s mayor. (Patriot Ledger)

NATURAL GAS: A Rhode Island community is seeking more information on alternatives to a utility’s proposal to expand natural gas infrastructure. (EcoRI)

UTILITIES:
• New Jersey regulators approve a utility’s exit from a pumped-hydro storage facility, marking the sale of the last of the company’s generating facilities. (NJ Spotlight)
• A federal court approves a $14 million settlement for a Maine electricity provider that overcharged customers. (Bloomberg Law)

TRANSMISSION: A New York town approves a right-of-way for a proposed hydropower transmission line. (Hudson Valley 360)

WIND:
• Developers of a proposed floating offshore wind farm in Maine begin soliciting suppliers, a sign that the project is moving forward after years of delays. (Portland Press Herald)
• Developers of the Mayflower offshore wind project form a new partnership under the name Ocean Winds. (WBUR)

SOLAR: A new Philadelphia apartment building has solar panels on the roof and walls, generating more electricity than the structure will consume. (Solar Power World)

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POLITICS: The politics of fracking remain complex in Pennsylvania, but “it’s not the juggernaut that it was a decade ago,” a rural sociologist explains. (Daily Collegian) 

COMMENTARY: A Pennsylvania advocate says action on climate change could be the issue that breaks partisan gridlock in the state’s legislature. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

Ken Paulman

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.