NUCLEAR: The owners of New Jersey’s nuclear power plants apply to state regulators for three more years of annual $300 million subsidies. (NJ Spotlight)

ALSO: A New Hampshire nuclear watchdog group installs a radiation detection monitor at a private residence near the Seabrook power plant, adding to the 15 it installed several years ago. (Seacoastonline)

PIPELINES: The owner of a Massachusetts compressor station agrees to pause its startup after two emergency shutdowns during testing last month. (NBC10)

SOLAR:
• A coalition of solar advocates say a provision in a pending Massachusetts law allowing utility ownership of projects will drive out independent solar installers. (Solar Power World)
• The two largest solar projects in Delaware are poised to break ground and be completed in 2021. (Delaware Business Times)
• The first multi-town solar project in Maine that will serve multiple public buildings nears completion. (Portland Press Herald)

POWER PLANTS: Critics deride proposals by owners of two gas-fired power plants in New York to operate until 2040 then switch to hydrogen produced by solar and wind. (Politico)

CLIMATE: Community activists in New Jersey worry that cleanup of a Superfund site near a city neighborhood is too slow as it faces increasing risks from climate-influenced storm surges. (NBC)

OFFSHORE WIND: The U.S. Commerce Department awards more than $2 million to Maine for it to develop an offshore wind roadmap. (reNEWS)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A city in upstate New York starts charging a small fee to offset electricity costs for use of its 13 public electric vehicle charging stations. (Post-Star)

UTILITIES: The Connecticut senate passes a post-storm utility reform bill that includes customers refunds for extended outages. (CT Mirror)

COMMENTARY:
• U.S. Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette says tougher state restrictions on pipelines in New England threatens reliability in the region. (MassLive)
• New Hampshire’s consumer advocate says the election of a former Maine regulator to the regional grid operator’s board is bad news for ratepayers, in part because of his past indifference to ratepayer interests. (InDepthNH)
• Climate advocates in Maryland say allowing community solar projects in agricultural areas is a matter of environmental justice as projects should not be confined to urban areas or where people of color live. (Maryland Matters)

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.