OFFSHORE WIND: New Jersey unveils plans to make the first port on the East Coast solely dedicated to offshore wind and capable of serving projects in multiple states. (NJ Spotlight)

OIL & GAS:
• The proposed owner of a closed Philadelphia refinery envisions a multi-billion dollar redevelopment that will take a decade needing 8,000 construction workers and providing 10,000 permanent jobs. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)
• The former speaker of the Pennsylvania House who resigned this week takes a job as general counsel of a natural gas utility based in Pittsburgh. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

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TRANSPORTATION: With car sales slow and interest in cycling surging, advocates in Connecticut want electric vehicle rebates expanded to include e-bikes, similar to what two Vermont utilities have done. (Energy News Network)

CLIMATE:
• Six working groups of the Maine Climate Council will present strategies to address climate change in virtual meetings held today and tomorrow. (News Center Maine)
• Activists hold a virtual rally to lobby Pennsylvania legislators to take action on bills related to emissions reduction, clean energy and transportation. (Pennlive.com)

SOLAR:
• Maine Gov. Janet Mills and other state officials join solar advocates and other states asking federal regulators to reject a petition by an obscure group to place net-metering programs under federal jurisdiction. (Portland Press Herald)
• A study indicates that maps required in four Northeastern states and three others to show grid interconnection capabilities must be more accurate to be useful. (PV Magazine)

GRID: Environmentalists and consumer advocates sue federal regulators over market rules approved last year that they say will increase customer costs. (E&E News, subscription required) 

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EFFICIENCY:
• Maine Sen. Angus King in a hearing voices concerns that job losses in energy efficiency due to coronavirus could be permanent. (Maine Public)
• Efficiency Vermont expands eligibility for its efficiency programs to people of moderate income levels. (WCAX)

COMMENTARY: The League of Conservation Voters says efficiency in New Jersey and other states saves money and creates jobs that can’t be outsourced. (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.