CLIMATE: Maine’s Climate Action Plan set for release tomorrow would require a substantial commitment from state residents to lessen the impact of climate change, as advocates now tackle finding ways to pay for it. (Energy News Network)

ALSO: Responses to a natural gas shortage in a section of Rhode Island two years ago prompts the first serious review at what decarbonizing the heating sector in the state would look like. (Providence Journal)

EFFICIENCY: Boston and utility Eversource launch an information hub to help owners of large buildings to cut their energy use and help the city meet its goal to become carbon neutral by 2050. (Energy News Network)

PIPELINES:
• Federal authorities give a Massachusetts compressor station permission to operate after resolving the causes of unauthorized gas releases that delayed its opening. (WCVB)
• A Mariner East pipeline decision to cut the pipeline through the middle of an apartment complex raises the ire of the buildings’ owner over late notice and safety concerns. (Philadelphia Inquirer)
• A Pennsylvania man who won a face-to-face meeting with the pipeline developer now says it wants to conduct the meeting virtually, which violates the terms of a regulatory order. (Pennlive)
• Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf signs a bill that gives local emergency officials access to pipeline disaster response plans that had previously been kept confidential. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) 

TRANSPORTATION: Massachusetts is rethinking a regional proposal to reduce tailpipe emissions as the pandemic has reduced traffic and changed assumptions about vehicle use. (Eagle-Tribune)

OFFSHORE WIND: A new report says a shortage of large ships needed to erect offshore wind turbines could inflate costs globally by 2025. (E&E News, subscription required)

FRACKING: Pennsylvania environmental officials and a fracking wastewater company discuss the possible development of the first deep water injection well in the eastern part of the state. (StateImpact Pennsylvania) 

CLEAN ENERGY: A renewable energy advocate in New York hopes that recent changes in siting projects leads to a more streamlined process while also preserving environmental protections. (Grist)

TRANSMISSION: The New York Power Authority announces the completion of the first section of a major power line rebuild through the states’ North Country. (NNY360)

DIVESTMENT: A Vermont city decides to divest fossil fuels from its portfolio and will complete the process by April. (myChamplainValley)

SOLAR: The Cape Cod Commission completes a screening tool to assist solar developers in determining appropriate sites for development. (CapeCod.com)

COMMENTARY:
• A business development advocate says New Jersey’s nuclear fleet should be preserved as it provides an economic boost of $1.2 billion annually. (NJ Spotlight)
• A local Sierra Club chair says Maryland officials should reject a pipeline for the Eastern Shore as it would damage the environment and counter state efforts to reduce fossil fuel use. (Maryland Matters)
• Transportation advocates say a regional rail system in the Boston area could assist in the economic recovery from the pandemic. (CommonWealth Magazine)

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.