CLIMATE: An annual state climate report says Maryland must accelerate its commitment to greenhouse gas reductions to mitigate the effects of climate change. (Maryland Matters) 

Three grid operators in the Northeast offer cautious support for a carbon price under consideration by federal regulators while a stakeholder in New England voices skepticism. (S&P Global)
In a filing with Connecticut regulators, Eversource says more than 1,100 critical facilities were left without power — some for as long as four days — after Tropical Storm Isais. (CT Insider)

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NUCLEAR: Staff at the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission recommend approval of the sale of the Indian Point power plant to a company that says it will decommission and demolish the facility by 2033. (Associated Press)

EFFICIENCY: School officials in Portland, Maine say a voter-approved referendum for a city Green New Deal could add $6 million to three school renovation project costs due to stricter energy efficiency requirements. (Portland Press Herald) 

SOLAR: County officials in western New York approve tax breaks for a 5 MW community solar project. (Post-Journal)

ENERGY EQUITY: The New Jersey Senate passes a bill to create an office of energy equity within a state regulatory body to ensure that the transition to a clean energy economy includes low-and middle-income communities. (news release)

NATURAL GAS: Pennsylvania officials investigate the death of a worker at a natural gas well pad caused by malfunctioning equipment. (Associated Press)

FRACKING: Two professors who oppose fracking and who were harassed by industry say current debates about the practice lack key elements about its environmental dangers. (Cornell Daily Sun)

A new report outlines innovative financing methods to electrify fleet vehicles now powered by diesel fuel. (Environmental Defense Fund)
Electric vehicle and environmental advocates say the switch to cleaner transportation in New Jersey must include a change from diesel to electric trucks. (
An environmentalist says the stay-at-home requirements for work and worship during the pandemic reinforces the benefits envisioned by the New Jersey Energy Master Plan that would apply to lower-income residents. (NJ Spotlight)
A think tank promoting small government says the Connecticut port authority has failed to provide documentation backing a union labor requirement for an offshore wind hub. (Yankee Institute)

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.