NATURAL GAS: Massachusetts regulators order the state’s natural gas utilities to find ways to decarbonize by 2050. (S&P Global)

ALSO:
• An analysis finds that a proposed natural gas pipeline extension in Maryland runs primarily through low-income communities of color. (Maryland Matters)
• New Jersey regulators approve a utility’s $150 million systems upgrade plan, but the costs to ratepayers will be delayed. (Asbury Park Press)

WIND: Maryland joins a compact with Virginia and North Carolina to advance offshore wind, but the state’s industry is moving at a slower pace than its neighbors. (Maryland Matters)

CLIMATE:
• A federal appeals court rejects oil companies’ efforts to have a Rhode Island climate lawsuit heard in federal court. (Reuters)
• Pennsylvania farmers say they’re already seeing the impacts of climate change and want political leaders to pay more attention. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)
• Officials in Kennebunkport, Maine, consider “low-hanging fruit” measures to address climate change. (Portsmouth Herald)

POLITICS:
• Some New Hampshire Republicans say President Trump’s climate change denial makes it more difficult for them to connect with voters on the issue. (New Hampshire Public Radio)
• Trump officials make multiple visits to Pennsylvania to tout the state’s natural gas industry ahead of Tuesday’s election, while a public affairs researcher warns that voters are more concerned about COVID-19. (S&P Global)

SOLAR: Georgetown University announces an agreement to get more than two-thirds of its electricity from solar starting next month. (Washington Post)

CLEAN ENERGY: While Pennsylvania’s natural gas industry is dominating political narratives, the state’s clean-energy entrepreneurs are preparing for sustained growth. (Wall Street Journal, subscription)

UTILITIES:
• Connecticut regulators will meet today to consider extending a moratorium on utility shut-offs. (CT Mirror)
• Baltimore lawmakers warn that Maryland’s system to help connect ratepayers with utility assistance funds is understaffed and difficult to navigate. (Baltimore Sun)

TRANSPORTATION: New electric tour boats at Niagara Falls could become part of a growing trend as the tourism industry seeks to cut emissions. (Washington Post)

COAL: A Pennsylvania coal slurry refinery is among four recipients sharing $80 million in federal carbon capture funds. (Observer-Reporter)

COMMENTARY: An editorial says Pennsylvanians should disregard the political debate over fracking, noting the president has little power to impact the industry. (York Dispatch) 

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.