CLIMATE: Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker sends back a twice-passed climate bill to the legislature with proposed amendments that strikes a more conciliatory tone than his previous rejection. (CommonWealth Magazine)

TRANSMISSION: While a federal injunction halts work on a section of a power line in Maine, tree clearing continues on other parts of the project as developers race to complete it under the terms of construction contracts. (Portland Press Herald) 

OVERSIGHT: A legislative committee agenda reveals that Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo plans to name former Senate Majority Leader John Revens to the state’s Public Utilities Commission. (Providence Journal)

NATURAL GAS: Two lawsuits wending their way through federal courts will help determine if a multi-state authority intended to protect the Delaware River Basin can prohibit fracking. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

EMISSIONS:
• An environmental group in western Massachusetts is lining up allies in the social justice community to urge conversion of three peaker power plants to cleaner resources or battery storage. (Berkshire Eagle)
• In a party line vote, a Pennsylvania Senate committee writes to a state regulatory board that will vote on a proposal in opposition to joining a regional emissions agreement. (Times Observer)

SOLAR: A Vermont ski resort completes its sixth solar project, and the first on-site, which will be dedicated in a ceremony today. (Solar Power World)

WASTE-TO-ENERGY:
• The potential buyer of a closed waste-to-energy plant in Maine burns a combination of trash and waste sewage sludge at plants it owns overseas. (Bangor Daily News)
• The mayor of a Massachusetts city that hosts a new natural gas compressor station wants to use a $1 payment from it to dismantle a closed waste-to-energy plant. (Patch.com)

HYDROPOWER: A company that bought three hydropower dams in New Hampshire wants to change their federal licenses and operations to lessen their environmental impacts. (Concord Monitor)

TRANSPORTATION: A new report suggests ways in which Pennsylvania utilities can encourage the adoption of electric school buses through purchase incentives and infrastructure investments. (MyChesCo)

POWER PLANTS: Finger-pointing continues in Connecticut as power sector players debate over who has ultimate control over the prospects of a new natural gas power plant that could start construction later this year. (WNPR)

COMMENTARY:
• Environmental justice advocates say a switch to clean transportation will benefit communities of color who are disproportionately impacted by the COVID pandemic. (Energy News Network)
• An environmental coalition says the minor environmental impact of floating offshore wind turbines should not discourage Maine from researching and developing the technology off its coast. (PenBay Pilot)
• A clean energy advocate in Vermont says the state can build on momentum started last year with its passage of a climate bill by adopting more policies that diminish reliance on fossil fuels and promote environmental justice. (Vermont Biz)

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.