CLEAN ENERGY: A report says before coronavirus hit, New Hampshire companies were struggling to fill clean energy jobs due to a lack of qualified workers and a dearth of training opportunities. (Energy News Network)

OIL AND GAS:
• The closing of the $252 million bankruptcy sale of a Philadelphia refinery is delayed but no explanation has been given. (Reuters)
• The Wolf administration advances methane regulations for more than 8,400 oil and gas wells in Pennsylvania and will hold three virtual hearings later this month. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)
• The operator of national pipeline networks including Mariner East will reportedly cut 6% of its workforce due to weak oil prices. (Reuters)
• Emissions from oil storage tanks in Maine appear to be inadequately monitored a year after a consent decree was filed between regulators and a partial owner of the facility. (InsideClimate News)

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EMISSIONS: New York and several other Northeastern states move to intervene in a federal lawsuit filed by a libertarian think tank to weaken vehicle fuel economy standards. (E&E News, subscription required)

WIND: Naturalists say New York’s expedited approval process for wind energy projects poses risks to bird populations with inadequate reviews. (Surf Birds)

SOLAR: The developer of a 180 MW solar project in northern New York says it is anxious to hold public meetings to discuss the project as soon as COVID-19 regulations allow them. (NNY360)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: New Jersey launches an online application for rebates of up to $5,000 for purchases of electric vehicles since January 17, 2020. (Transportation Today)

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EFFICIENCY: Energy efficiency upgrades done at the Empire State Building over the past decade reduced emissions by 40% and save $4 million in annual electricity costs. (CleanTechnica)

COMMENTARY A doctoral candidate in climate science bemoans a Massachusetts city’s rejection of a $275,000 grant to begin an energy transition to cleaner resources. (Daily Hampshire Gazette) [EDITOR’S NOTE: The Barr Foundation also funds Northeast Energy News, funders do not have access to our editorial process]

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.