CLIMATE: Massachusetts lawmakers expect to vote again tomorrow on a climate bill that was vetoed by Gov. Charlie Baker earlier this month. (State House News Service)

ALSO:
• Experts say a net-zero building code in the Massachusetts bill will not significantly impact housing affordability, a concern raised by Gov. Baker. (Energy News Network)
• Maine legislators are exploring a wide range of legislation to meet targets in the state’s new climate plan. (Portland Press Herald)
• Directors of two New York City pension funds vote to divest of $4 billion worth of fossil fuel securities. (Reuters)

UTILITIES: In the months before Tropical Storm Isaias caused widespread power outages, executives from a Long Island utility traveled extensively to Puerto Rico in a failed bid to win a contract to operate the territory’s electric grid. (Newsday)

SOLAR:
• A wastewater authority in central Pennsylvania is helping finance private solar projects, arguing that solar panels can reduce nitrogen pollution and improve water quality. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)
• As New Jersey lawmakers debate whether solar projects should be allowed on farmland, warehouses to support e-commerce are being built all around the state and prompting similar land-use fights. (NJ Spotlight)
• The first solar panels are installed at a 20 MW microgrid project at Pittsburgh’s airport. (Pittsburgh Business Times)
• A coastal Maine town considers a rule change to allow solar farms. (Portland Press Herald)

PIPELINES: FERC asks a court to dismiss challenges to its approval of the Constitution Pipeline, which was canceled by developers. (Bloomberg Law)

EFFICIENCY:
• Burlington, Vermont has distributed $500,000 in energy efficiency rebates since April. (VT Digger)
• Voters in a Maine town approve a $2.8 million energy efficiency plan in a drive-up town meeting. (Bangor Daily News)

POLLUTION: Operators of a Pennsylvania waste-to-energy plant agree to pay $218,000 in fines for pollution violations over the past two years. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

CLEAN ENERGY: Officials in a Delaware town approve a plan to allow residents to purchase 100% renewable electricity. (Newark Post)

COMMENTARY:
• A New Jersey advocate says “the performance of the state pension’s fossil-fuel investment is disastrous” and fund managers should drop those assets. (NJ Spotlight)
• A Maryland advocate says passing a climate bill should be a top priority for lawmakers this year. (Baltimore Sun)
• A Connecticut editorial board says that while climate change is a global issue, “there are important steps to be taken locally.” (New Haven Register)

Ken Paulman

Ken Paulman

Ken is the director of the Energy News Network at Fresh Energy and is a founding editor of both Midwest Energy News and Southeast Energy News. Prior to joining Fresh Energy, he was the managing editor for online news at Minnesota Public Radio. He started his journalism career in 2002 as a copy editor for the Duluth News Tribune before spending five years at the Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Washington, where he worked as a copy editor, online producer, features editor and night city editor. A Nebraska native, Ken has a bachelor's degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a master's degree from the University of Oregon. He is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and Investigative Reporters and Editors.