WIND: The Biden administration releases the final environmental impact statement for the Massachusetts Vineyard Wind 800 MW offshore project, putting it on track for final approval later this year. (CommonWealth Magazine)

ALSO: Local officials in two towns express concerns about proposed offshore wind farms off Maryland and New Jersey that they say may affect tourism and seascapes. (OCNJ Daily) 

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EMISSIONS: Massachusetts holds a competition to create designs for the state’s iconic triple-decker apartment houses to eliminate emissions and improve energy efficiency. (Energy News Network)

NUCLEAR: The owner of three nuclear power plants in New Jersey tells state regulators the plants will close if a $300 million ratepayer subsidy is not extended for another three years. (NJ Spotlight)

SOLAR:
The owner of a nearly century-old Cape Cod golf course says it is no longer financially viable, so he is seeking permission to convert up to half of the property to a solar array. (GolfWeek)
A town board in Maine approves a 101 acre, 20 MW solar farm. (Sun Journal)

FRACKING: Environmentalists hope a decision to permanently ban fracking in the Delaware River Basin will weaken support for a liquified natural gas export terminal in southern New Jersey. (NJ Spotlight)

DIVESTMENT: A Rutgers University committee will today submit a report that could recommend the university divest its $80 million holdings in fossil fuel investments. (New Brunswick Today)

POWER PLANTS: A bill to phase out coal power plants in Maryland is withdrawn by its sponsor to give environmentalists and labor unions more time to hash out their differences. (Maryland Matters)

ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE: A study shows that two Massachusetts towns demonstrate a link between redlining of poorer neighborhoods and climate vulnerability. (WBUR) 

STORAGE: A 5 MW battery storage facility in Maine will be built in May as legislators seek ways to make the technology more attractive for investors and the regional power grid. (Portland Press Herald) 

NATURAL GAS: Pennsylvania settles with Chesapeake Energy over the company’s handling of natural gas royalties owed to landowners in the northeast corner of the state. (TribLIVE)

COMMENTARY: An environmental advocacy group says a proposed natural gas pipeline through New Jersey runs counter to the state’s climate goals and provides no benefits to the state as its contents would be delivered to New York and further east. (NJB Magazine)

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.