PIPELINES: Federal regulators grant a three-year extension to the developers of a pipeline in Maryland that goes under the Potomac River as they battle in court over state permits. (Herald-Mail)

EMISSIONS:
Pennsylvania Republicans holding hearings to oppose the state’s joining a regional emissions cap-and-trade agreement rely on a climate-science denier funded by the fossil fuel industry. (DeSmog)
Union members rally outside a Pittsburgh-area coal power plant to oppose Gov. Tom Wolf’s move to join the regional agreement. (TribLIVE)

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UTILITIES: Analysts and advocates say new business models and a revamped regulatory paradigm are needed if resilience in the face of storm outages is to be achieved. (CT Mirror)

GRID: Atlantic City’s utility submits a plan to New Jersey regulators to adopt smart grid technology to be more resilient to storms. (news release)

TRANSPORTATION: Pittsburgh is denied federal funds to expand its electric bus fleet as grants are sent to other parts of Pennsylvania. (Pgh City Paper)

OFFSHORE WIND: About 40 environmental and business groups and other advocates launch the New England for Offshore Wind coalition to promote a regional approach to development. (WWLP)

OIL & GAS: Pennsylvania unconventional natural gas producers drop production for the second consecutive quarter this year due to low prices. (Natural Gas Intelligence)

CYBERSECURITY: Utility executives see ransomware as an increasing threat to operations including a municipal system in Massachusetts that was a victim earlier this year. (Utility Dive)

COMMENTARY:
A natural gas advocate says New York must recognize the fuel’s importance in its current energy mix. (Lohud.com)
An editorial board says clean energy should be embraced as a job creator as market forces continue to drive coal’s inevitable decline. (Herald-Standard)
A public policy editor says Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan refuses to spend $6.5 million for home weatherization that the legislature already transferred from natural gas infrastructure funding. (Maryland Matters)
While New England states have ambitious goals for offshore wind development, an advocate promoting regional cooperation says not one has any roadmap on how to achieve them. (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.