PIPELINES: A lack of transparency from Mariner East pipeline developers leaves communities along the route unclear about emergency procedures in the event of an accident. (Spotlight PA)

ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE: Environmental justice advocates say they have been underrepresented in an initiative to reduce transportation emissions in the Northeast. (Energy News Network)

GRID: Five New England governors call for reform of the regional transmission grid to encourage a market design that accommodates larger amounts of carbon-free energy. (Brattleboro Reformer)

CLIMATE: Portland, Maine voters will consider a Green New Deal ballot question to address climate change that critics call too restrictive and unworkable. (Mainebiz)

EMISSIONS: Massachusetts lost ground in 2018 in reducing total emissions as officials blame increases in emissions from transportation and heating. (WHDH)

UTILITIES: New Hampshire utilities begin sending shut-off notices this week as a pandemic-related moratorium is lifted. (WMUR)

SOLAR:
• The owner of a troubled ski resort in western Maine seeks a zoning change to allow a 35-acre solar farm that would impact views from a section of the Appalachian Trail. (Sun Journal)
• Philadelphia officials say they have cut red tape out of the approvals for home solar installers that shave weeks off permit applications. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

EFFICIENCY: Large buildings in New York City will begin posting signs of letter grades ranking them for energy efficiency. (Curbed)

RENEWABLE ENERGY: National Grid unveils its new renewable energy development unit focused on onshore wind, solar and battery storage. (Environment + Energy Leader)

POWER PLANTS: The remaining section of a defunct coal-fired power plant along a Pennsylvania river will be imploded on Friday. (Pennlive)

COMMENTARY:
• An editorial board says the just-passed Connecticut utility reform bill is the first step in a long process to make electric service providers more responsive to consumers. (The Day)
• The Environmental Defense Fund says New York regulators should examine a natural gas supply contract between Con Edison and a Virginia pipeline in which the utility’s unit is an investor.
• An editorial board praises the change in gas companies serving Massacchusets communities rocked by a fatal explosion two years ago, but the new owner must also prove its responsiveness. (Eagle-Tribune)
• Clean energy advocates say a proposed natural gas power plant along New York’s Hudson River is not needed and is a step backward in the state’s transition to renewable energy sources. (Lohud.com)

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.