POWER PLANTS: A federal rollback of waste water regulations for power plants will not immediately affect Pennsylvania facilities as the state has already adopted stricter rules. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)  

PIPELINES: Hundreds of commenters in a federal regulatory docket say it is incorrect to allow PennEast pipeline developers to split the project into two parts to allow construction in Pennsylvania while a court case in New Jersey stalls the rest of the project. (Platts)

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EFFICIENCY: New Hampshire utilities increase their energy efficiency goals over the next three years to sell 5% less electricity and 3% less gas. (NHPR)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Rhode Island installs two free electric vehicle charging stations for the remainder of the year at two commuter parking lots to evaluate usage patterns. (Transportation Today)

SOLAR:
Advocates say a community solar bill under consideration in Pennsylvania would help the state’s farmers by giving them another income stream from their land. (Tioga Publishing)
Developers buy a former 203-acre golf course in upstate New York after spending the past year discussing plans for a solar array with town officials. (Albany Business Review, subscription required)

TRANSMISSION: The Massachusetts Supreme Court affirms state approval for a municipal utility to buy the renewable energy credits from the proposed power line from Canada to supply most of its hydropower to Massachusetts. (Reuters)

BIOMASS: Residents of a Massachusetts city demonstrate against a biomass plant first proposed over a decade ago and which would benefit from a pending state climate bill. (Masslive.com)

UTILITIES: A Connecticut legislator proposing a major reform bill for regulation of the state’s utilities says public outrage over storm response and rate increases will overcome industry opposition. (Hartford Courant)

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GRID: Two energy organizations hire a former utility executive to coordinate a “future grid” study in New England. (RTO Insider, subscription required) 

COMMENTARY:
The Sierra Club says a proposed wind farm off Ocean City would help Maryland fulfill its clean energy commitments and create jobs in a new economic sector. (Chesapeake Bay Journal)
An analysis by the Natural Resources Defense Council says Pennsylvania law allows the state to join a regional cap-and-trade emissions agreement without legislative approval.
A climate activist says Massachusetts’ Democratic primary results this week demonstrate the influence of climate activism and environmental justice in races from the U.S. Senate to town councils. (CommonWealth Magazine)
A Connecticut clean energy advocate says building a new natural gas plant without exploring cleaner alternatives “would be a tragic mistake.” (Hartford Courant)

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.