OFFSHORE WIND: Residents of a Long Island town sue after officials approve an easement for an underground cable to connect the South Fork offshore wind farm to a substation, and fishing groups say they have reached an impasse in negotiations with the project’s developer. (East Hampton Star, Providence Journal)

NUCLEAR: Supporters and detractors of continued subsidies for New Jersey’s nuclear plants square off in public hearings before state regulators who will determine if they should be continued. (NJ Spotlight) 

SOLAR:
A new report says solar generation in 2019 accounted for 4.3% of load in the New England grid, putting the region only behind California and ahead of its eastern counterparts. (PV Magazine)
A Portsmouth, New Hampshire advocate is seeking a zoning change to allow solar farms of up to 5 acres within city limits. (Seacoast Online)
A Connecticut synagogue will install a solar array as the first privately developed and financed commercial property assessed clean energy project. (news release)

EMISSIONS: An organization opposed to a Massachusetts compressor station is installing air monitors in several towns to identify toxins emitted into the communities. (Patriot-Ledger)

CLEAN ENERGY:
• Delaware Gov. John Carney is expected to sign a bill increasing the state’s renewable portfolio standard that Republicans say lacks consumer protections and environmentalists claim doesn’t go far enough. (Delaware Business Now)
• Burlington, Vermont will extend its clean energy incentives until the end of the year that promote heat pumps and other technologies to reduce emissions. (WAMC)

BIOFUEL: A Maine company successfully test-launches a rocket powered by biofuels, which it claims will be the first carbon-neutral vehicle to carry small payloads into space. (BBC News)

BIOMASS: A town near a proposed biomass power plant in western Massachusetts is asked to formally oppose it. (Daily Hampshire Gazette)

TECHNOLOGY: New York City becomes a hotbed for green technology startups as state and city funds are available for energy-saving devices. (Crain’s New York Business, subscription required)

COMMENTARY:
• A Rhode Island state representative says the state is correct to pursue its climate lawsuit against major oil companies who must be held accountable. (Patch.com)
• A director of a fare management company says one way for Maryland’s transit system to recover from the pandemic is to install an innovative and more equitable fare collection system. (Maryland Matters)

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.