SUSTAINABILITY: A Connecticut development shows the energy efficiency advantages of European-style “co-housing.” (Energy News Network)

CLIMATE:
• Providence, Rhode Island’s climate plan gives equal footing to environmental justice with greenhouse gas reductions. (Environmental Health News)
• Maine scientists and officials say the economic slowdown caused by COVID-19 gives a glimpse of how oceans and the atmosphere react to a post-carbon world. (Maine Public)
• Major oil companies ask the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse a lower federal appeals court ruling that allows Baltimore to pursue a climate lawsuit against them in state court. (Bloomberg, subscription required)
• A Maryland farmer is part of a growing trend of earning credits for storing carbon by using ecologically sound agricultural practices. (YaleEnvironment360)

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EFFICIENCY: Critics of New Jersey’s proposal to revamp its energy efficiency programs say lower incentives paid to utilities will discourage investment. (NJ Spotlight)

OFFSHORE WIND:
Work is complete to turn a section of a former coal power plant on the Massachusetts coast into an offshore wind staging area. (reNEWS)
• A Dutch company starts soil examinations of two offshore wind zones off New York’s coast. (offshoreWIND.biz)

TRANSMISSION: Maine’s Secretary of State did not disqualify enough signatures to knock an anti-transmission line question off the ballot so a state judge will again rule on the petitions’ validity. (Bangor Daily News)

CLEAN ENERGY:
• New York funds a campaign to raise public awareness of clean heating and cooling technologies in Brooklyn. (Brooklyn Reporter)
• A clean energy advocate describes lobbying for 100% renewable energy at the Massachusetts State Capitol. (Environment America)

OIL & GAS: A Pennsylvania town fends off a proposed injection well of fracking wastewater by using a novel legal theory creating “rights of nature.” (Rolling Stone)

NUCLEAR: Delaware health officials cancel regular distribution of potassium iodide to residents living near the Salem-Hope Creek nuclear power plants due to coronavirus. (Delaware News Journal)

STORAGE: New York regulators release an annual report that says the state is on track to reach its energy storage goal of 3,000 MW by 2030. (Niagara Frontier Publications)

COMMENTARY: An editorial board says Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf is correct to veto a petrochemical tax subsidy bill especially in light of the revenue loss the state will suffer from the coronavirus pandemic. (The Citizens’ Voice)

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.