TRANSMISSION: Former Maine legislators go to court to stop the use of public lands for a power line from Canada, while an opposition group seeks to keep its funders’ identities private. (Maine Public, WGME)

FINANCIAL:
• A federal court rules Connecticut can transfer money to the state’s general fund that was originally collected from utility ratepayers for efficiency and clean energy programs. (Bloomberg, subscription required)
• A New York county enacts a residential energy tax, expected to cost average homeowners $6 a month, to offset a $100 million budget deficit caused by the coronavirus pandemic. (Syracuse.com)

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EMISSIONS: Pennsylvania business leaders tell legislators the economy will suffer if the state joins a regional emissions trading compact, despite numerous reports showing the opposite. (Pennsylvania Business Report, Energy News Network archive)

NATURAL GAS: An attorney representing Pennsylvania gas leaseholders says landowners royalties have dropped due to low prices and weakened demand. (Observer-Reporter)

OFFSHORE WIND: A virtual symposium with European offshore wind experts discusses the biological impacts American sites will observe as the technology gains a greater foothold in the Northeast. (The Sun)

PIPELINES: Columbia Gas is fined $53 million and ordered to be sold for its fatal gas explosion in Massachusetts in 2018. (Masslive.com)

STORAGE: Stakeholders endorse eight storage projects submitted by Maryland utilities in response to a state-supported pilot program. (Utility Dive)

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CLIMATE: Two Massachusetts cities become the first in the state to pass resolutions calling on insurance companies to stop investing in or providing coverage for fossil fuel interests. (news release)

COMMENTARY:
• A faith leader says carbon pricing would be an effective way to address the disproportionate health impacts in environmental justice communities. (City Limits) 
• An environmental advocate says opponents of New Jersey’s clean energy plans hide their agenda of protecting fossil fuel interests while purportedly supporting consumers. (NJ.com)

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.