OFFSHORE WIND: New Jersey releases its strategic plan to develop 7,500 MW of offshore wind over 15 years that sets policy priorities but offers little on project costs. (NJ Spotlight)

ALSO:
• An online panel agrees much more transmission needs to be built in New England to accommodate growing offshore wind development. (RTO Insider, subscription required)
• Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind opens a community outreach and education center at Stockton University in New Jersey. (reNEWS)

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WASTE-TO-ENERGY: Connecticut environmental officials reject a plan to spend $330 million to refurbish an aging trash-burning plant that processes about one-third of the state’s garbage. (Connecticut Public Radio)

OIL & GAS: Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf is ready to sign a $670 million tax credit bill for the petrochemical industry that sailed through the legislature this week without public hearings. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

SOLAR:
• Developers present a revised solar project to Connecticut siting officials that had been previously rejected, reducing its footprint from 98 acres to 75. (The Day)
• Rhode Island town planners delay voting on a proposed solar project after a member questioned whether social media comments posted by two members were “unauthorized communications.” (Valley Breeze)
• A New York town’s plan to build a solar array on a closed landfill stalls as the developer drops out, citing needed upgrades for its transmission interconnection. (Altamont Enterprise)

STORAGE: New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu signs a bill that directs state regulators to explore ways to compensate utilities for incorporating energy storage. (Concord Monitor)

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POWER PLANTS: A New York town passes a resolution to become the 21st to oppose the conversion of a seldom-used power plant along the Hudson River into a baseload plant powered by natural gas. (Times Herald-Record)

PEOPLE: Alicia Barton is named CEO of a Massachusetts company that owns and operates hydroelectric, solar and storage facilities after her recent departure as leader of New York’s energy research authority. (reNEWS)

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.