NATURAL GAS: A 635 MW natural gas-fired power plant in eastern New York recently discussing closure says it will continue operating now that local officials have reduced its property taxes by nearly $1 million. (Times Union)

ALSO: A peaker plant on Long Island, New York, has been out of service since mid-April due to a faulty “critical component” in the combustion turbine. (Newsday) 

UTILITIES:
Over 90 people testify at a public hearing on whether Maine should create a consumer-owned utility, the majority of whom are in favor of the proposal and say Central Maine Power provides consistently poor or compassionless service. Portland Press Herald, subscription)
Philadelphia Gas Works says it is investigating far-right extremist stickers affixed to a city-owned gas utility truck. (Billy Penn)
Pennsylvania regulators will hold public hearings in mid-June regarding PECO Energy’s requested 7% overall revenue increase, equal to $246 million. (Daily Local News)

CLIMATE: Some opponents of Pennsylvania’s efforts to join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative focus their critiques on how they believe blue-collar jobs and school revenue would be impacted. (Indiana Gazette)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: New Jersey announces a proposed rule to transition medium- and heavy-duty trucks to electric, earning applause from environmentalists and little opposition from critics. (NJ Spotlight)

PIPELINES: Federal regulators grant the operators of the interstate Transco pipeline two more years to construct a nearly $1 billion expansion of their infrastructure, despite local opposition. (CentralJersey.com)

COAL: While coal is phasing out of New England’s energy mix, hundreds of New Hampshire homes still burn the rock to cheaply heat their homes all winter. (Concord Monitor)

GEOTHERMAL: A nonprofit wants to warm eastern Massachusetts homes with geothermal energy derived from the heat of the Merrimack River and the Massachusetts Bay. (NetZero Insider, subscription)

SOLAR: A Boston-area veterinary practice has installed a 48-panel solar array, which covers three-fourths of the business’ power needs, and an electric vehicle charging station. (news release)

GRID: PJM Interconnection believes it will have enough power to meet demand this summer amid a mitigated pandemic and “warmer-than-normal temperatures.”  (news release)