TRANSMISSION: Central Maine Power alleges in a federal complaint that a competing utility is delaying projects that would be needed to connect a proposed power line from Canada. (Bangor Daily News) 

CLIMATE:
• A climate report by New Jersey environmental officials says the state must make massive cuts in fossil fuel use within the next several years to meet its mid-century emissions goals. (NJ Spotlight)
• A Rhode Island researcher says climate change will have a disproportionate effect on the poorest and most vulnerable residents. (ecoRI)
• The Cape Cod Commission says all towns on the Massachusetts peninsula need a climate action plan in anticipation of increasing risks of weather-related disasters. (Cape Cod Times)
• A conservation organization says Maryland legislators failed to address climate and emissions proposals in the pandemic-shortened session. (Maryland Matters) 

OFFSHORE WIND: Offshore wind advocates are concerned the federal agency tasked with permitting projects is underfunded and understaffed, causing further delays in moving projects forward. (Utility Dive)

BIOFUELS: An environmental group charges county officials in Delaware are illegally excluding public input on the siting of proposed anaerobic digesters. (WMDT)

UTILITIES:
• Two years after a winter cold snap left an island in Rhode Island without gas, National Grid presents alternatives to address fuel shortages statewide. (UpriseRI)
• Two utilities and the State University of New York are developing a tool to develop better predictions for storm-related outages. (Albany Times Union)

GRID: Federal regulators approve restarting the capacity market in PJM next year but a dissenting member says the new rules will still undermine the competitive position of renewable resources. (Greentech Media)

SOLAR: A solar farm at a municipal sewer authority site is halted as residents object to losing a popular recreation area. (Buffalo Business First)

OIL & GAS: Pennsylvania regulators fine a landfill $59,000 for faulty record keeping and allowing leaks of fracking waste. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)

HEATING: A Vermont law requiring oil tank inspections by this summer leaves hundreds of homeowners scrambling to replace faulty tanks before winter sets in. (VT Digger)

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.