OFFSHORE WIND: Developers of the Mayflower Wind project in Massachusetts say electricity costs from it will drop 10% due to a tax credit provision included in the federal stimulus bill passed last month. (CommonWealth Magazine)

ALSO:
• An organization of coastal communities in Delaware says it wants more input into the selection of a land-based connection to a wind farm proposed off its coast. (WCVB)
• A Long Island town will hold a hearing next week to discuss its agreement with an offshore wind developer to allow a transmission interconnection for the South Fork project. (East End Beacon)
• An offshore wind developer in New Jersey will hold a virtual meeting next week to receive feedback from recreational fishermen. (Asbury Park Press)

PIPELINES: The New Jersey attorney general asks the U.S. Supreme Court to stay out an attempt by the PennEast pipeline developer to revive its effort to seize state land along its route. (NJ.com)

UTILITIES: New Jersey regulators approve a $707 million plan by the state’s largest utility to roll out smart meters for its 2.3 million customers over the next four years. (NJ Spotlight)

CLIMATE: A Massachusetts coastal city releases its climate action plan that aims to reach 100% renewable energy by 2050. (SouthCoastToday)

GRID: New York’s grid operator appeals FERC’s rejection of a plan to exempt some renewable energy resources from penalties under some circumstances. (RTO Insider, subscription required)

COMMENTARY:
Energy advocates say smart meters have not been used to their maximum effect, so regulators in several Northeastern states are investigating how they can be used for greater impact in reaching clean energy goals. (Greentech Media)
An environmental organization says New York has accomplished much in recent years but momentum must not be slowed on issues like natural gas infrastructure and transportation emissions. (Natural Resources Defense Council)

Bill Opalka

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.