DIVESTMENT: New York state’s $226 billion pension fund, one of the world’s largest investors, will divest its fossil fuel holdings within five years. (New York Times)

NATURAL GAS: Opponents of a liquified natural gas terminal in New Jersey vow to fight on after the Delaware River Basin Commission votes to approve it. (NJ Spotlight)

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TRANSPORTATION: A poll sponsored by clean transportation advocates says 70% of respondents support a Northeastern initiative to cut tailpipe emissions. (Energy News Network)

SOLAR: Advocates say confusion about the taxable status of solar developments caused by an outdated state law threatens industry growth in Massachusetts. (CommonWealth Magazine)

PIPELINES: The owner of a natural gas pipeline that exploded outside Pittsburgh in 2018 appeals to a Pennsylvania board to overturn an environmental order delaying its return to service. (E&E News, subscription required) 

POWER PLANTS: Documents obtained by power plant opponents in Rhode island indicate a town and the plant owner attempted to keep communications about it out of public view. (UpriseRI)

CLEAN ENERGY:
• An update of an ongoing study on how Rhode Island could meet its 2030 clean energy goals shows that two or three additional contracts similar to one signed for offshore wind power would be needed. (ecoRI)
Rate impacts are a concern expressed by residents of a New Hampshire town that is considering a switch to community clean energy procurement as a step on its way to 100% renewable energy. (Keene Sentinel)

COMMENTARY:
• An investment firm says the Transportation Climate Initiative will combat climate change and provide benefits to public health through reduced emissions. (Energy News Network)
• A faith leader says a proposed energy equity act in New Jersey is crucial in the fight against climate change and will also lessen the consequences of poverty. (NJ Spotlight)
• A progressive think tank says regulators in states like New York and Massachusetts should examine the long-term risks of reliance on natural gas as a power and energy source. (Utility Dive)
• An environmental organization in New Hampshire says large employers in the state understand the benefits of energy efficiency and support a plan to increase its funding over the next three years. (NH Business Review)
• A nuclear watchdog in Maryland fears that a reported plan by Exelon to exit the power generation business is a prelude to the company asking the state for a plant bailout similar to ones it has secured elsewhere. (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.