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Court tosses ‘weak and unenforceable’ Pennsylvania coal plant rules

COAL: A federal court orders Pennsylvania to rewrite regulations for coal plant emissions that it calls “weak and unenforceable.” (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

WIND:
• A recent European report finding no impact on lobster fishing from offshore wind provides a template for collaboration between the two industries. (Energy News Network)
• Officials in a New Jersey town are enthusiastic about development of a port to support offshore wind construction. (Press of Atlantic City)
• A University of Delaware report identifies an 831 acre site as a possible port to support offshore wind development. (Delaware Public Media)

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SOLAR:
• Officials in a New York town approve a 3.5 MW solar array backed by battery storage at a former landfill site. (Suffolk Times)
• A New Hampshire skin care products manufacturer says its new solar array will offset 100% of its electricity use. (New Hampshire Business Review)
• A Pennsylvania agency wins a federal grant to explore developing solar arrays on former coal mines. (Citizens’ Voice)
• Construction begins on a 26 MW solar array in Maine. (Bangor Daily News)

CLEAN ENERGY:
• A new study says Maine could hit its climate target and develop thousands of new jobs by investing in clean energy. (Maine Beacon)
• New Hampshire’s clean energy sector is holding up relatively well during the COVID-19 pandemic. (New Hampshire Business Review)
• More than 30 Maine businesses are awarded federal grants to develop renewable energy projects. (Portland Press-Herald)

UTILITIES:
• Pennsylvania regulators postpone a vote on utility shutoffs, leaving a moratorium in place for at least three more weeks. (Associated Press)
• The new chair of Connecticut’s Public Utilities Regulatory Authority says she is committed to holding utilities accountable and helping the public understand the process. (CT Mirror)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Two New York utilities are offering incentives for electric vehicle chargers that enable charging when emissions are lowest. (Smart Cities World)

GRID:
• Advocates say New Jersey is behind the curve in adopting smart meters. (NJ Spotlight)
• Construction will begin soon on a 20 MW battery storage project north of New York City. (Standard-Freeholder)

EFFICIENCY: New ventilation requirements in response to the COVID-19 pandemic could make it harder for New York to reach its building emissions target. (New York Daily News)

WASTE-TO-ENERGY: A Maryland county expects to save $285,000 a year on energy costs by capturing methane from a landfill. (Baltimore Sun)

COMMENTARY:
A New York longshoreman’s union pushes for development of a Staten Island port to support offshore wind. (New York Daily News)
A nonprofit leader says proposed Vermont climate legislation fails to balance environmental impact. (VT Digger)

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