TRANSMISSION: Two Northeast projects are among a handful of multistate transmission proposals still proceeding that could have a major impact on the amount of clean energy on the grid. (Greentech Media)

• Indian Point Unit 2 prepares to shut down for good on April 30 ending its 46-year run of producing nuclear power north of New York City. (
• A federal licensing board says it needs another two months on whether to uphold the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s 20-year extension of the operating license for the Seabrook nuclear plant in New Hampshire. (Portsmouth Herald)

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COAL: The Trump administration relaxes emissions rules for power plants burning coal refuse in Pennsylvania and West Virginia. (E&E News, subscription required)

POWER PLANTS: New York officials release expanded guidelines of what essential construction can continue during the coronavirus pandemic that includes projects related to already existing power generation. (Syracuse Post Standard)

• A coalition of state attorneys general go to federal court to defend efficiency standards for commercial boilers. (E&E News, subscription required)
• New Jersey energy efficiency companies report layoffs and furloughs as they comply with regulators’ order that they only enter residences for an emergency during the COVID-19 outbreak. (NJ Spotlight)

SOLAR: A Rhode Island coastal town struggles with development pressures including some farmers turning to solar arrays as a way to preserve their operations. (ecoRI)

WIND: New York siting regulators approve a 124 MW wind project originally OKed in December after dismissing an appeal by project opponents. (Renewables Now)

MICROGRIDS: A Maine bill would allow construction of microgrids of up to 25 MW if they are deemed in the public interest. (Microgrid Knowledge)

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TECHNOLOGY: New York creates two funds totalling $16 million to nurture technology startups for clean energy, transportation, efficiency and other ventures. (reNEWS)

COMMENTARY: A company that helps develop electric vehicle charging infrastructure says recently passed New Jersey legislation can provide an example for other states. (Utility Dive)

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.