TRANSPORTATION: New Jersey regulators release a straw proposal on funding electric vehicle infrastructure that relies on private capital instead of ratepayer funds. (NJ Spotlight)

ALSO: A leader of the Massachusetts Senate criticizes a decision to delay a multi-state transportation emissions initiative over COVID-19, saying the pandemic presents a lost opportunity. (State House News Service)

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• A federal appeals court rejects a lawsuit by Maryland against the Environmental Protection Agency over pollution drift from upwind states, but allows one from Delaware to continue. (Bloomberg Law)
• Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf vetoes a bill to pause new regulations in the state during the COVID-19 state of emergency that would have stopped efforts to join a regional emissions compact. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)

• Utility executives say the coronavirus pandemic creates dramatic shifts in their operations, though they so far say financial stability is not at risk.  (E&E News, subscription required)
• Some Maine utility customers with unusually high electric bills are trying to understand whether they qualify for an audit under a program required by regulators to resolve billing disputes with Central Maine Power. (Bangor Daily News)

• Panasonic restarts solar panel manufacturing at the Buffalo Gigafactory suspended by the coronavirus pandemic, but major tenant Tesla remains silent on its plans. (The Verge)
• A western New York county and a solar developer signs contracts to build two projects totaling 37 MW on capped landfills that should be operating in late 2021. (

CLEAN ENERGY: Several towns in a Pennsylvania county mobilize to promote transition to 100% clean energy in their communities. (The Intelligencer)

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NUCLEAR: The annual public meeting by federal regulators to assess the safety of the Seabrook nuclear plant will be held via a webinar on June 3 due to COVID-19. (Seacoast Online)

COMMENTARY: The Natural Resources Defense Council says coal-fired electricity generation in Pennsylvania is already in decline, but the industry unfairly blames its demise on proposed state membership in a regional cap-and-trade emissions compact. (news release)

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.