COAL: New York’s last coal-fired power plant will shut down permanently today; a developer is seeking state funds to convert the site into a data center. (Buffalo News)

ALSO: Consol Energy closes a Pennsylvania coal mine, idling 500 employees, after two workers test positive for COVID-19. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) 

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WIND: New Jersey regulators approve a plan for an offshore wind transmission connection at the site of a former power plant. (NJ Spotlight)

SOLAR: Rhode Island regulators will allow the state’s utilities to buy power from a 50 MW Connecticut solar project. (Providence Journal)

OIL & GAS:
• The U.S. Supreme Court rules Citgo is financially responsible for cleanup costs for a 2004 oil spill in the Delaware River. (The Hill)
• Financially overextended natural gas companies are likely to compound the economic challenges for rural Pennsylvania as prices fall. (New York Times)

GRID: “This is pretty unprecedented”: New York’s decision to require grid operators to live full-time at control facilities is a test case for the rest of the country. (E&E News)

RENEWABLE ENERGY: A proposal to create a state siting authority for energy projects in New York appears to be moving forward despite opposition from some local governments. (Hudson Valley 360)

EFFICIENCY:
• A university study finds New York City’s energy audit requirement has led to a reduction in energy use, but not enough to meet city climate goals. (news release)
• Eleven New England companies are recognized by the EPA for their energy efficiency efforts. (news release)

OVERSIGHT: Advocates push New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy to put fossil fuel developments and other projects on hold amid coronavirus restrictions on public gatherings. (news release)

COMMENTARY: A Baltimore editorial board says despite a judge’s ruling that the city overstepped its authority on restricting pollution, “the future of trash is not burning it.” (Baltimore Sun)

Ken Paulman

Ken is the director of the Energy News Network at Fresh Energy and is a founding editor of both Midwest Energy News and Southeast Energy News. Prior to joining Fresh Energy, he was the managing editor for online news at Minnesota Public Radio. He started his journalism career in 2002 as a copy editor for the Duluth News Tribune before spending five years at the Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Washington, where he worked as a copy editor, online producer, features editor and night city editor. A Nebraska native, Ken has a bachelor's degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a master's degree from the University of Oregon. He is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and Investigative Reporters and Editors.