OIL & GAS: Months after paying a $30 million fine for environmental problems at a Pennsylvania pipeline project, Energy Transfer is negotiating a settlement with state officials over a new series of hundreds of violations. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

ALSO: A federal appeals court hears arguments that landowners challenging pipeline approvals, including those in Pennsylvania, cannot stop project work while their case is still before regulators. (Bloomberg)

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GRID: New Jersey goes to a federal appeals court to reverse a ruling by federal regulators for the PJM capacity market that critics say will disadvantage state attempts to provide clean energy. (NJ Spotlight)

HEATING: Transitioning Rhode Island away from oil and gas for home heating faces several challenges, including a reliance on expensive heat pumps and the electricity they require. (ecoRI)

SOLAR: Rhode Island renews a program to encourage solar development on brownfield sites and commits $1 million to the effort for the second consecutive year. (MarketScreener)

NUCLEAR: A small corrosion problem discovered during a refueling operation was repaired at the Beaver Valley nuclear plant in Pennsylvania. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

• New York officials offer additional flexibility to efficiency contractors during COVID-19, including expedited payments for completed work. (Utility Dive)
• A Massachusetts utility uses video chats and other online tools to conduct home energy assessments during the coronavirus pandemic. (Boston25)

CLIMATE: An environmental group launches a climate action tracker for New York City that monitors progress in 13 areas of sustainability. (SmartCities Dive)

• An environmental organization says the closure of Unit 2 at the Indian Point nuclear plant in New York ends a chapter of a troubled operational history. (Natural Resources Defense Council)
• An environmental group that fought to close the plant says its supporters offer the false choice that its demise necessarily leads to more fossil fuel use. (Lohud.com)

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.