CLIMATE: Massachusetts climate and justice advocates endorse a bill that would impose a fee on carbon emissions from transportation and heating that would fund local climate projects. (Energy News Network)

ALSO: A Maryland House committee votes down a bill that would have imposed a fee on greenhouse gas emitters. (Maryland Matters)

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PIPELINES: A natural gas pipeline outside Pittsburgh is back in service two and a half years after it exploded during a mudslide and after extensive repairs and negotiations with state environmental regulators. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

OFFSHORE WIND:
New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy proposes to spend $200 million to expand a port to build an offshore wind hub. (NJ Spotlight)
Three vessels are scheduled to arrive next week in Maine to perform an undersea survey for a cable connection to land for the state’s planned floating offshore wind turbine. (Portland Press Herald)

EFFICIENCY:
Advocates say a utility surcharge under consideration to revamp funding for Massachusetts energy efficiency programs would disproportionately impact low-income residents and benefit consumers who are more affluent. (Gloucester Daily Times)
Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont proposes legislation to require building owners and landlords to perform energy efficiency audits of their homes and apartments. (Hartford Courant)

POWER PLANTS: NRG will sell a Connecticut natural gas power plant after it fails to win a bid for a repowering of the facility in the recent New England grid capacity auction. (CT Examiner)

SOLAR:
• Connecticut siting officials grant final approval to a 485-acre solar farm in the northern part of the state, making it the largest project of its kind in the Northeast. (Hartford Courant)
• The New Jersey Assembly passes a bill to allow residential solar installations before the issuance of a construction permit or interconnection agreement during the COVID-19 pandemic. (news release) 

UTILITIES: Massachusetts extends a ban on utility shutoffs due to the pandemic until July 1. (The Daily News)

COMMENTARY:
An energy planer in Vermont says reliance on Canadian hydropower for clean energy exposes a “racist blind spot” due to the damage done to the Quebec environment and its Indigenous peoples. (VT Digger)
Regional planners in southern Maine say a two-year-old effort to promote sustainability and coastal resilience shows the benefits of collaboration in promoting renewable energy and climate preparedness. (Portland Press Herald)

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.