SOLAR: Elon Musk says Tesla’s New York factory that fabricates solar panels will convert to manufacturing ventilators “as soon as is humanly possible.” (Energy Live News)

Oil & GAS: Pennsylvania regulators revoke a permit for an oil and gas wastewater well that a township had sought to ban. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

COAL: A labor union is seeking emergency rules to protect coal miners from the spread of COVID-19. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)

STORAGE: Eversource nixes a proposed 1.7 MW battery storage project after New Hampshire regulators suggest expanding its scope. (Sentinel Source)

EMISSIONS: Emissions levels of two pollutants are down up to 30% from a year ago but New Jersey environmental officials say it is too soon to attribute that to stay-at-home orders due to the coronavirus pandemic. (NJ Spotlight)

CLEAN ENERGY:
• Energy producers can apply to participate in supplying resources for the Massachusetts Clean Peak Standard in July. (Utility Dive)
• Clean energy legislation stalls in many states, including Maryland, as legislatures cut sessions short due to the coronavirus pandemic. (Utility Dive)

PIPELINES: Federal regulators decline to rehear their approval of a natural gas pipeline under the Potomac River in Maryland that is already paused by a federal court case. (Herald Mail)

TECHNOLOGY: New York awards grants to five teams to develop technologies to integrate renewable energy into the power grid. (Solar Power World)

COMMENTARY:
• Activists say components of New Jersey’s Energy Master Plan must include job training in energy efficiency careers for low- and moderate-income residents. (NJ Spotlight)
• A natural gas proponent says Pennsylvania’ participation in a regional cap-and-trade emissions compact will raise electricity prices without providing promised environmental benefits. (Pennsylvania Capital-Star)

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.