EFFICIENCY: New Hampshire House Republicans call for a delay in the state’s expanded energy efficiency plans, citing economic concerns caused by the pandemic. (NHPR)

OFFSHORE WIND:
Vineyard Wind temporarily withdraws its application for a federal permit to operate an offshore wind farm off Massachusetts as it completes a technical review of a larger turbine. (E&E News, subscription required)
Local officials say if a Norwegian wind turbine manufacturer’s proposed Port of Albany fabrication facility is chosen by New York state, hundreds of jobs could begin to be filled in late 2021. (WAMC) 

CLIMATE: Maine releases its Climate Action Plan for the next four years as Gov. Janet Mills says she will introduce legislation intended to double the number of clean energy jobs by 2030. (Portland Press Herald) 

FRACKING: Families and advocates of cancer victims say they are being shut out of the process of setting up Pennsylvania studies to determine if cancer clusters are related to fracking activities in the western part of the state. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)

OIL & GAS: Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf vetoes a bill that would have relaxed regulation of conventional oil and gas wells, saying it did not do enough to protect the environment. (Pennsylvania Business Report)

TRANSMISSION: Towns along New York’s Hudson River are concerned that dredging for an underwater power line to import Canadian hydropower will release toxic chemicals into their water supplies. (Albany Times Union)

PIPELINES: The owner of a Massachusett compressor station that won the right to operate from federal regulators will begin the process of restarting the facility on Friday. (Patriot Ledger)

TRANSPORTATION: Maryland legislators say proposed cuts to the Washington D.C. transit system will devastate service and harm the environment. (Maryland Matters) 

COMMENTARY:
• A Pennsylvania environmentalist says voters were presented with the false choice of jobs vs. the environment when they clearly show they favor policies to promote clean energy and combat climate change. (Pennsylvania Capital-Star)
• An opponent of a proposed liquified natural gas export terminal in New Jersey says a regional river commission has another chance to stop the project next week before the outgoing Trump administration approves the terminal. (NJ.com)
• New Hampshire’s consumer advocate says legislators opposed to the adoption of the utility’s energy efficiency plans for the next three years are wrong on policy and are also delaying an economic boost to the state post-pandemic. (InDepthNH)
• An editorialist says a New York court is wrong to allow a state agency to withhold an entire clean energy report because it is incomplete. (Daily Gazette)
• A New Jersey business lobby says a rush to implement the state’s Energy Master Plan before needed technologies are available risks higher costs and reliability. (NJB Magazine)

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.