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Transportation emissions initiative works to meet summer deadline

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)  

PIPELINES:
• 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)

GRID:
• 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)

WIND:
• 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)

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