OFFSHORE WIND: New Jersey opens its second solicitation for offshore wind as legislators demand a shutdown of an ongoing project in a dispute with its developer over promised economic benefits. (NJ Spotlight)

ALSO: State regulators and an economic development agency approve nearly $6 million for offshore wind job training and clean tech startup assistance. (NBC10)

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GRID: Federal regulators deny the New York grid operator’s plan to allow renewable energy to compete in wholesale markets that critics say will make them too expensive. (Greentech Media)

EMISSIONS: The Pennsylvania senate passes a bill to limit Gov. Tom Wolf’s attempt to join a regional cap-and-trade program via an executive order despite his vow to veto it. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)

PIPELINES: A compressor station under construction in Massachusetts begins testing this week that includes releases of natural gas to simulate an emergency shutdown. (Patriot-Ledger)

SOLAR: County leaders in New Jersey delay a vote on a solar farm on an airport property that would be paid for with federal coronavirus relief funds. (Knox Village Soup)

CLIMATE:
• The Maine Climate Council hopes to finalize its four-year action plan by December 1. (Mainebiz)
• Con Edison will install 17 monitors in and around New York City to measure climate trends. (news release)
• The Vermont senate passes a climate bill with strict emissions requirements that is likely to be vetoed by Gov. Phil Scott. (VT Digger)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: New Jersey Transit approves renovation of a bus garage that will be the site of its pilot program to add electric buses. (Northjersey.com) 

COMMENTARY:
An environmental researcher and a state legislative leader debate the merits of Pennsylvania joining the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. (Philadelphia Inquirer)
An actor-activist and public health physician decry the secrecy around a proposed LNG terminal in New Jersey that would export fracked natural gas. (New York Daily News)
• A company that certifies energy efficient homes says that even without tax credits, solar is still a smart investment for homeowners (Energy News Network, sponsored)

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.