Advocates call federal ruling ‘worst case scenario’ for clean energy

GRID: Clean energy advocates says a recent FERC ruling could price renewables out of PJM’s capacity markets and provide an advantage to fossil-fuel generation. (Energy News Network)

ALSO:
• New Jersey regulators file a brief saying the FERC decision will make it harder for the state to achieve its climate goals. (NJ Spotlight)
• The Hershey Co. says uncertainty caused by the changes has stalled its efforts to acquire renewable energy credits for its operations. (E&E News, subscription required)

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Industrial site developer wins Philadelphia refinery auction

OIL & GAS: A Chicago developer’s $240 million bid wins a bankruptcy auction for a closed Philadelphia refinery, likely ending its use as an oil processing site. (Philadelphia Inquirer) 

ALSO:
• The number of natural gas drilling rigs operating in Pennsylvania is about half of what it was a year ago due to low prices. (Pittsburgh Business Times)
• Pennsylvania environmental regulators more than double the permit fees for shale gas development. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

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Complaint seeks to force transmission opponents to disclose donors

TRANSMISSION: An anti-transmission project group in Maine is hit with an ethics complaint by a political action committee funded by Central Maine Power could force the group to disclose its donors. (Bangor Daily News)

OIL & GAS:
• A developer who specializes in rehabilitating former industrial sites is reportedly a bidder on the closed Philadelphia refinery at a bankruptcy auction last week. (Philadelphia Inquirer)
• Federal workplace safety regulators fine the refinery for a series of violations that led to the explosion last summer that closed the facility. (E&E News, subscription)

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Philadelphia refinery neighborhoods exposed to toxic chemicals

OIL & GAS: Philadelphia residents living near a now-closed oil refinery were exposed to benzene 21 times the federal limit during and after its operations, in what one scientist calls “a classic environmental justice issue.” (E&E News / NBC / Investigative Reporting Workshop)

ALSO: A closed meeting today could determine the site’s fate as owners could accept a bid or allow a bankruptcy court to conduct an auction. (WHYY)

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EFFICIENCY: New York regulators approve a $2 billion five-year plan to boost energy efficiency and switch energy use away from natural gas. (Albany Times Union)

PIPELINES:
• Pennsylvania fines Sunoco Pipeline nearly $2 million for drilling fluids spilled into a lake in 2017 during construction of the Mariner East pipeline.

Connecticut threatens to leave regional power grid 

CLEAN ENERGY: Connecticut’s top energy officials says the state may withdraw from the regional power grid, citing a “lack of leadership” at ISO-NE on cutting emissions. (Hartford Courant)

ALSO: Four cities in Connecticut have passed resolutions urging the state to allow community choice aggregation, which would allow municipalities to procure clean energy on behalf of their residents. (Energy New Network)

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WIND:
• A developer will create an offshore wind innovation hub in Rhode Island to create next-generation technologies for the growing industry.