TRANSMISSION: New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo endorses a transmission line under development for several years that would deliver Canadian hydropower to New York City. (Financial Post)

REGULATIONS: Democratic attorneys general led by New York and California have been largely successful in lawsuits to halt Trump administration efforts to roll back Obama-era climate and environmental regulations. (E&E News)

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CLEAN ENERGY: A Maine technology association organizes virtual education programs to introduce students to clean energy concepts and technologies. (Energy News Network)

SOLAR:
A survey says the coronavirus pandemic has set back the New York solar industry six months to a year. (Albany Times Union)
A Connecticut solar farm that would power public colleges would require clear-cutting 15 acres of forest. (New Haven Independent)
After receiving inquiries from developers, a Maine town includes agricultural zones as potential solar sites as a way to enhance their financial stability. (Sun Journal)
Developers propose a 180 MW solar project on 1,600 acres in three northern New York towns. (North Country Now)

OIL AND GAS: Pennsylvania natural gas production grew 6.8% in the first quarter compared to a year earlier, the lowest rate since 2017. (Kallanish Energy)

GRID: New York power prices decline 45% from a year ago due to mild weather, efficiency and more behind-the-meter solar. (Platts)

STORAGE: Storage advocates see closed landfills as a new area for development of projects paired with solar energy. (Waste Dive)

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HYDROPOWER: Maine Gov. Janet Mills wants federal regulators to cede control over a hydropower dam that crosses the Canadian border so a new owner can preserve it. (Bangor Daily News)

COMMENTARY:
• An editorial board says local input provisions in New York’s renewable energy siting law are a “red herring” in a process that will override town government objections. (Sun Journal)
• A local official in New Jersey says a microgrid planned for Camden will prepare the city for emergencies like coronavirus by providing renewable power to essential services. (ROI-NJ)
• A New York environmentalist supports a bill that would require a phased-in divestment of fossil fuel investments in the state pension fund. (Buffalo News)

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.