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Maine regulators reject coronavirus relief plan

REGULATION: Regulators reject a plan by Central Maine Power to set up a $500,000 coronavirus relief fund as part of an improper shutoff notice settlement, saying it did not meet public-interest legal requirements. (Portland Press Herald)  

PIPELINES: New York’s highest court hears arguments on a land seizure case for a pipeline that received contradictory permit rulings by state and federal regulators. (Buffalo News)

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EFFICIENCY:
Two Rhode Island business organizations call for the suspension of state energy efficiency programs funded by utility bill surcharges for this year as the economy tries to recover from the coronavirus pandemic. (Providence Business News)
The head of a Massachusetts-based efficiency firm says owners of older commercial buildings must change their mindset that energy costs can just be passed on to tenants to reduce building emissions. (POWER Magazine)

STORAGE:
A developer has selected a site for an energy storage project in New York City intended to relieve stress from an overworked substation. (Energy Storage News)
Vermont customers of Green Mountain Power this Friday can sign up for two home battery storage programs approved by regulators. (VT Digger)

FINANCE: Legislators in a New York county delay for a month consideration of a residential energy sales tax that could forestall possible layoffs caused by revenue shortfalls from coronavirus slowdowns. (Syracuse.com)

NUCLEAR: The Seabrook nuclear plant was manually shut down on Friday after control rods were unexpectedly inserted in an incident that did not threaten harm to the public. (Eagle Tribune)

OFFSHORE WIND: Norwegian offshore wind developer Equinor gives the name Beacon to its project planned off the Massachusetts coast where it won a federal lease auction last year. (reNEWS)

BIOMASS: The bankruptcy of a New Hampshire private equity firm complicates the ownership status of a biomass plant that received a $500,000 state renewable energy grant. (NHBR.com)

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EMISSIONS: A Massachusetts planning commission releases a tool to help municipalities around Boston inventory their greenhouse gas emissions. (Smart Cities Dive)

COMMENTARY: A free market think tank says regional carbon pricing may be a way to resolve the state-federal tension on display in a federal regulatory ruling on the PJM capacity market. (Utility Dive) 

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