UTILITIES: Exelon reportedly considers shedding its nuclear power plants and other assets and concentrating on its utility businesses in several eastern states. (Bloomberg)

CLIMATE:
A changing climate shifts fire season in Pennsylvania with a record number seen in February this year due to a lack of snow cover. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)
The University of Massachusetts holds three webinars of its Carbon Mitigation Task Force to discuss plans on how to reach its requirement to become carbon neutral by 2030. (Daily Collegian)

OFFSHORE WIND: Massachusetts will assess the local and regional supply chain as the state prepares for an expected growth in businesses supporting the offshore wind industry. (offshoreWIND)  

HEATING: Vermont creates incentives to urge residents and businesses still heating with coal furnaces to switch to wood heat. (VT Digger)

POLITICS:
Counties with closing coal plants that delivered Pennsylvania to President Trump four years ago may have less impact this year as the industry’s decline accelerates. (E&E News, subscription required)
A scientist who emphasizes climate issues is locked in a tight race for a Long Island congressional seat with a Trump loyalist. (E&E News, subscription required)

SOLAR:
A Maine town approves a solar farm near its airport to provide lower-cost electricity for municipal operations. (The County)
Lower equipment costs and increased state incentives have led to a significant increase in solar installations in a Maryland suburb. (Bethesda Magazine)

GRID: The lone Democrat on a federal regulatory agency says a recent decision interferes with New York’s ability to determine its electricity resource mix. (Utility Dive)

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.