OIL AND GAS: New Jersey launches an investigation on whether it has enough natural gas capacity for the next decade in a study advocated by utilities and conservation groups. (NJ Spotlight)

ALSO: The U.S. EPA limits states’ ability to use the Clean Water Act to block interstate pipeline projects as New York did recently. (New York Times)

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ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE:
Advocates in a small Massachusetts city say residents need to be listened to as they suffer adverse effects from energy and industrial projects. (Energy News Network)
Two environmental groups file a federal civil rights complaint against Massachusetts officials for failing to provide translation services to communities with large populations of non-English speakers impacted by a proposed electric substation. (WBUR)

GRID: Time is running out for states to decide whether to leave PJM as federal regulators may approve conducting a capacity auction that is at the heart of the dispute. (E&E News, subscription required)

SOLAR: A Massachusetts utility reports that a boom in small-scale solar installations would not disrupt grid operations in an ongoing review of how state incentives impact electricity distribution. (E&E News, subscription required)

TRANSMISSION: A 13-mile transmission line costing $84 million to improve reliability along the New Hampshire coast is completed. (Union Leader)

TRANSPORTATION: A Maine company proposes a high-speed solar-powered ferry to connect two islands that could be operational in two years. (Waldo Village Soup)

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TECHNOLOGY: A State University of New York professor wins a $625,000 Department of Energy grant to research cost reductions of silicon-carbide power electronic devices, which are used in electric vehicles, wind turbines and other devices. (Albany Times Union)

COMMENTARY: A local official in Maine says COVID-19 cannot distract voters from tackling the climate crisis as initiatives at various levels of government near critical decisions. (Seacoastonline) 

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.