SOLAR: A global investment firm that committed $100 million to solar projects in Maine unveils details of three installations totaling 201 MW. (Portland Press Herald)

A judge revokes a Pennsylvania environment department order shutting down drilling at a Mariner East pipeline drilling site, agreeing with company officials that the state overreacted to an existing leak. (E&E News, subscription required)
Residents affected by a fatal natural gas explosion in Massachusetts in 2018 are skeptical that a different utility taking over the system in a state-ordered transfer can operate the pipeline safely. (Eagle-Tribune)

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POWER PLANTS: Exelon will phase out the largest oil and natural gas-fired power plant in New England by 2024 after federal regulators fail to extend a cost-of-service agreement that propped up its operations. (Power Engineering)

CLIMATE: New York impanels an additional working group and six advisory panels as it implements its landmark 2019 Climate Act. (

A legal analyst says while Connecticut could order the breakup if its largest utility, it may not be worth the cost or the risk. (Middletown Press)
A new top utility regulator takes the helm in Connecticut at a critical time for the industry. (CT Mirror)
Pennsylvania regulators on Thursday will again revisit whether to continue a moratorium on utility shut-offs during the coronavirus pandemic. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) 

EFFICIENCY: Two net-zero energy elementary schools will be built in Connecticut, tapping solar and geothermal energy sources. (Hartford Courant) 

An academic says the coronavirus pandemic may have removed climate from the public consciousness, but responding to the crisis and restoring the economy sustainably are inextricably linked. (New York Times)
• An environmental group in Maine says state agencies and legislators let the public down in their incomplete review and approval of a power line to import Canadian hydropower. (
• The Sierra Club says New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy’s budget message stresses clean energy but the document shows cuts to the state’s Clean Energy Fund. (news release)

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.