TRANSPORTATION: Work continues on a regional compact to reduce transportation emissions, but it’s unclear how falling gasoline prices and economic uncertainty will affect the plan. (Energy News Network)  

• A new report says an undersea pipeline from New Jersey to New York City is too expensive and unnecessary as National Grid has adequate natural gas supply. (MyCentralJersey)
• Pennsylvania revokes additional waivers to allow construction to resume at more locations on the Mariner East pipeline about 24 hours after they had been granted. (Philadelphia Inquirer)
• A federal appeals court pauses a case on whether New York has the right to deny construction of the Constitution pipeline until a federal permit expires in December. (E&E News, subscription required)

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TRANSMISSION: An affiliate of Central Maine Power awards contracts worth $300 million for construction and land clearing for its 145-mile transmission line from Canada as opposition continues. (Portland Press Herald) 

POWER PLANTS: The coronavirus pandemic is expected to delay 39% of new power plant construction over the next six months, with Pennsylvania among the states most impacted. (Bloomberg)

• PJM prepares for worker sequestration and readies a third control room if COVID-19 requires either action. (POWER Magazine)
• New England power demand drops about 5% during the coronavirus pandemic as the region’s grid operator shifts operations to meet changing requirements. (WBUR)

• Vineyard Wind submits its environmental and fisheries mitigation plan to Connecticut officials for its Park City Wind 804 MW project. (reNEWS)
• Residents of a western New York community say work is continuing at a wind energy project despite a state order to pause non-essential construction. (Observer)

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SOLAR: Maryland requires smart inverters for rooftop solar installations, which will create better grid integration for a system’s output. (PV Magazine)

CLEAN ENERGY: When New York revamped its renewable energy siting law last week it became the first state to create a central planning office for that purpose. (Utility Dive)

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.