EFFICIENCY: Two pilot projects in Massachusetts aim to develop micro-districts heated by geothermal systems to reduce dependence on fossil fuels. (Energy News Network) 

PIPELINES:
A Maryland public works board grants a wetlands permit for a natural gas pipeline into the state’s Eastern Shore that has drawn fierce opposition from environmental advocates. (Baltimore Sun)
Federal regulators deny an extension of a construction deadline by a developer of a natural gas pipeline in western New York although the company could make the request again when it is more timely. (Buffalo News)

POLLUTION: A review of data finds that government air quality monitors routinely miss major pollution releases, including an explosion at a Philadelphia refinery last year that was visible from space. (Reuters)

UTILITIES:
Connecticut regulators revamp rate-setting for electricity delivery due to forecasts in consumer demand that were upended by the pandemic. (Hartford Courant)
Contingency plans are in effect in New York as the state’s utilities prepare for winter along with possible disruptions caused by an ongoing spike in COVID-19 infection rates. (Buffalo News) 

SOLAR: A solar and storage installation at a Washington, D.C. apartment building is an example of how the city is making progress in expanding solar power to low-income residents. (Bay Journal)

NUCLEAR:
Federal regulators approve the sale of the crippled Three Mile Island reactor to a company that will decommission the site over the objections of state officials. (Pennlive)
New Jersey regulators approve the sale of a state utility’s 25% share of the reactor and absolve it of any future liabilities during its decommissioning. (NJ Spotlight)

TRANSMISSION: Central Maine Power delays land clearing for a power line from Canada slated for this week until at least Dec. 18 while a federal judge considers an injunction filed by project opponents. (Portland Press Herald)

CLIMATE:
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf directs a state planning board to develop recommendations on land use, stormwater management and other issues related to coastal flooding caused by climate change. (Philadelphia Inquirer)
Federal grants are received by Maine communities and a New Jersey breakwater project to develop coastal defenses for rising seas. (Portland Press Herald, NJ Spotlight)

EMISSIONS: New York lowers its emissions cap to 65% of 2009 levels as part of its commitment to a regional cap-and-trade agreement. (North American Windpower)

TECHNOLOGY: A lithium-ion battery recycling facility that can process 5,000 tons of material annually is now operating in Rochester, New York. (AltEnergyMagazine)

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.