FRACKING: Pennsylvania environmental officials suspend review of a fracking proposal at a steel mill outside Pittsburgh as the developer fails to receive local zoning approvals ahead of a deadline. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

OFFSHORE WIND:
• Offshore wind developers that have been selected for projects off New Jersey submit bids in the second state solicitation for projects up to 2,400 MW due yesterday. (Press of Atlantic City)
• Maine and the United Kingdom sign a cooperation agreement to share information on clean energy development that does not include any joint projects. (Portland Press Herald)

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PIPELINES:
• The Trump administration asks the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse an appeals court decision that forbade construction of the PennEast pipeline through state lands in New Jersey. (E&E News, subscription)
• A natural gas pipeline operator in Pennsylvania asks a federal court to dismiss a claim by Catholic nuns that construction across their order’s property violates their religious practices. (Reuters)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• Con Edison begins using five electric school buses in the first vehicle-to-grid project in New York. (Green Car Congress)
• Pittsburgh will use a $189,000 Pennsylvania grant to install 30 Level 2 electric vehicle charging stations and a fast charge for city vehicles. (WPXI)

SOLAR: Connecticut officials cite the pandemic to issue a second 90-day delay for a 4.7 MW solar array, pushing consideration of the project into April. (Meriden Record-Journal)

BIOMASS: Dartmouth College drops plans to convert its heating system to biomass and will instead transition to other higher efficiency technologies. (Valley News)

GRID: The head of New York’s grid operator and his California counterpart say more transmission is needed for the states to meet their decarbonization goals. (Utility Dive)

COMMENTARY:
• A Pennsylvania legislator says potential utility shutoffs for nearly 1 million residents is a “humanitarian crisis” that should have been addressed in a stopgap state budget. (Morning Call)
• A clean energy advocate urges Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan to commit the state to joining the Transportation Climate Initiative. (Maryland Matters)
• Solar developers say Massachusetts is losing its leadership position in clean energy policy and should adopt pending climate legislation that includes benefits for lower-income residents. (CommonWealth Magazine)

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.