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New Jersey begins second solicitation for offshore wind

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)

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