PIPELINES: The Williams Cos. gives up on its proposed undersea pipeline linking New Jersey and New York as regulators in both states again reject key permits. (NJ Spotlight)

UTILITIES: Essential utility workers who practice social distancing during COVID-19 offer a glimpse into what work will be like for others returning to employment as the economy reopens. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

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TRANSPORTATION: Northeastern states delay the release of plans for a transportation emissions compact until the fall due to the coronavirus pandemic. (Gloucester Times)

GRID: PJM’s market monitor says New Jersey leaving the grid operator over policy disputes could cost residents up to $386 million in the 2021-22 capacity year. (Utility Dive)

SOLAR:
• New England’s grid operator says a record 3,200 MW of rooftop solar energy was produced on a sunny early May afternoon. (Granite Geek)
• Connecticut environmental regulators reject a solar development over an inadequate stormwater management plan. (News Times)
• New York’s policy initiatives for solar energy jumpstart solar development in Syracuse, one of the cloudiest cities in the country. (Syracuse.com)

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OIL & GAS: A compressor breakdown leads to the release of 4,000 pounds of sulfur dioxide at a Delaware refinery. (Delawarebusinessnow.com)

COMMENTARY:
•A Maine business group says the power line transmitting Canadian hydropower offers hope for an economic recovery as construction contracts totaling $300 million have already been awarded. (CentralMaine.com)
• An environmental scholar says climate change is what happens when merchants are allowed to take over governments. (PennLive.com)
• New Hampshire’s consumer advocate explains why he doesn’t talk about net metering. (InDepthNH)
• A columnist says complex politics come into play in a Maine power line referendum as supporters and opponents do not fall neatly along party lines. (CentralMaine.com)
• A local official outside Philadelphia says individuals and municipal governments can take meaningful climate action in the absence of federal direction on the crisis. (Daily Times)

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.