NUCLEAR: The company decommissioning the closed Oyster Creek nuclear plant in New Jersey says it is interested in developing a new next-generation nuclear power plant at the site. (Associated Press)

OFFSHORE WIND:
• Federal regulators publish the draft environmental impact statement and open a 45-day public comment period for the South Fork offshore wind project off Long Island. (offshoreWIND.biz)
• Maine fishermen say Gov. Janet Mills is rushing into offshore wind development without consideration of their concerns. (Maine Public)

SOLAR:
• Republican legislators in New Hampshire propose a limited expansion of net metering that would exclude residential customers and businesses, and may overcome the objections of Gov. Chris Sununu. (Concord Monitor)
• A town planning board in Maine approves a $10 million solar project whose output would be sold to a large commercial customer. (Portland Press Herald)

UTILITIES: Maine’s public advocate submits legislation to exempt low-income residents who are eligible for heating assistance from sales taxes on their electricity usage. (Maine Public)

STORAGE: The Vermont State House is the first in the nation with a clean power backup system with battery storage that replaces a diesel fuel system. (Vermont Biz)

CLIMATE:
• The Massachusetts climate bill affects residents in multiple ways, including how to procure more renewable energy, operate electric vehicles and buying more energy efficient appliances. (WBUR)
• Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo is poised to be nominated to lead a federal department that houses the premier government climate scientists. (E&E News, subscription required)

PIPELINES: The Massachusetts climate law passed this week includes pipeline safety provisions initiated by legislators in a part of the state affected by a 2018 fatal gas explosion. (WHAV)

BIOFUELS: A Maine aerospace company tests a prototype rocket engine that runs on biofuels derived from farms. (Portland Press Herald)

COMMENTARY: A Connecticut doctor says a natural gas power plant proposed for the state ignores climate science. (CT Mirror)

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.