PIPELINES: The federal government has loosened transport regulations to avoid fuel shortages after a 5,500-mile pipeline that transports fuels from Texas to New Jersey halted operations over the weekend following a devastating cyberattack. (Associated Press)

OFFSHORE WIND:
Massachusetts and its investor-owned utilities seek bids for up to 1,600 MW of offshore wind generation, requiring bidders to file diversity, equity and inclusion plans with their proposals. (State House News Service)
An offshore wind development hub is poised to revitalize an economically and environmentally vulnerable neighborhood in New York City, potentially bringing over 1,000 jobs to the community. (Inside Climate)

SOLAR:
A New York business owner generates indignation among residents of Bennington, Vermont, as he levies a barrage of lawsuits against locals, the town and Vermont’s governor as he looks to build a 4 MW solar array. (Vermont Public Radio)
Rhode Island had the ninth highest number of solar jobs per capita across the country in 2020, but was near the bottom of nominal rankings with just over 1,000 total solar jobs, according to a solar nonprofit’s report. (Providence Business News)

HYDROPOWER: The potential sale and uncertain future of a former hydroelectric dam in Maine has residents worried about the survival of a nearby pond. (Bangor Daily News)

GRID: New York’s grid saw year-over-year wholesale power prices grow 60% in April due to both rising gas prices and natural gas-fired generation. (S&P Global Platts)

DIVESTMENT: The Maine state legislature considers a bill that would require the state to divest from all fossil fuel investments by the beginning of 2026, though the proposal faces constitutional questions. (Maine Monitor)

TRANSPORTATION: Two Rhode Island lawmakers introduce legislation that would have the state join the region’s Transportation & Climate Initiative, which they said would generate over $3 billion from pollution allowances. (ecoRI news)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
A new report suggests Pennsylvania could reduce carbon dioxide emissions from cars and trucks by 75% of 2020’s levels by 2050 if it joins a zero-emissions vehicle program. (Pittsburgh City Paper)
A Burlington, Vermont, bikeshare company replaces its pedal bicycles with an electric-assist fleet, nearly doubling the number of bicycles it owns in the process. (Seven Days)

UTILITIES:
Connecticut regulators consider instituting performance-based ratemaking parameters for their embattled investor-owned utilities. (Shelton Herald)
In a New Hampshire first, the city of Keene adopts a community power procurement program, which still needs the state utility regulator’s approval. (Keene Sentinel)

COMMENTARY:
A clean energy advocate says Connecticut should prioritize building solar canopies to take advantage of already developed spaces. (Energy News Network)
A construction executive wants to see greener, more efficient buildings in Massachusetts but thinks the state government needs to make constructing such buildings more affordable for commercial builders. (Masslive.com)