PIPELINES: A Massachusetts town drops its lawsuits against a compressor station in exchange for a $10 million host community agreement that is panned by project opponents. (State House News Service)

ALSO:
• A Pennsylvania regulator says trusting the developer of the Mariner East pipeline has “come back to bite us” as the company continues to rack up numerous violations at construction worksites. (Philadelphia Inquirer)
• A workers’ alliance calls for Massachusetts to include stricter pipeline safety measures in a new climate law that is awaiting final action in the legislature. (Salem News)

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A Massachusetts startup is partnering with school districts to help them manage the high up-front costs of adopting electric buses. (Energy News Network)

EMISSIONS:
• Carbon capture and storage emerges as a strategy to reduce Pennsylvania emissions as the state’s requirements to increase clean energy use plateau next year. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
• Environmental groups urge New Jersey not to join a regional initiative to combat tailpipe emissions, saying the effort is not bold enough and does little to impact environmental justice communities. (NJ Spotlight)

GRID: Federal regulators reject an energy fuel security plan proposed by New England’s grid operator, saying it would increase costs but do little to improve security. (RTO Insider, subscription required)

OFFSHORE WIND: The Block Island offshore wind farm in Rhode Island will go offline in the spring when a cable that connects the turbines to land is buried deeper at a beach. (E&E News)

SOLAR:
• Developers are planning a 20 MW solar project atop former coal ash landfills in Pennsylvania. (Lancaster Online)
• A small Pennsylvania town is already seeing lower energy costs after installing a solar array to help power municipal facilities. (Centre County Gazette)

CLIMATE: Members of the Vermont Climate Council charged with forming a state climate policy over the next year include a dairy farmer and a municipal planner. (Brattleboro Reformer)

TRANSMISSION: A new petition drive to stop a power line from Canada is underway as the Maine Secretary of State provides the necessary paperwork to organizers. (Portland Press Herald)

POLITICS:  Days before the election, President Trump orders the Energy Department to study the impact a fracking ban would have on the economy, while continuing to falsely claim his opponent supports one. (E&E News, subscription required)

OIL: A New Jersey oil refinery lays off 63% of its workforce, blaming the economic downturn from coronavirus. (NJ.com)

COMMENTARY: A natural gas advocate says the New Jersey Energy Master Plan is too expensive and will hurt the state’s businesses and consumers. (NJ Spotlight)

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.