Cause of New York City blackout still not known

UTILITIES: Con Edison says it has not found the cause of a five-hour blackout that affected part of Manhattan Saturday night, while elected officials called for an investigation. (New York Times, Albany Times Union)

TRANSPORTATION: Oslo’s car-free city center could provide lessons for Northeast cities trying to reduce carbon emissions. (Energy News Network)

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PIPELINES: Massachusetts environmental officials approved an air quality permit for compressor station with contested emissions data that opponents vowed to appeal. (Boston Globe)

WIND:
• Vineyard Wind will appeal a town’s denial of a permit for a cable needed to connect its offshore wind project to the mainland.

Environmentalists pitch plan to power New York capitol with renewables

BUILDINGS: New York environmentalists release a plan to power and heat the state capitol and a state office complex with renewable energy rather than new gas turbines as officials have proposed. (Albany Times Union)

EFFICIENCY: Massachusetts lawmakers have advanced a flurry of bills to promote energy efficiency in the state. (Energy News Network)

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SOLAR: Developers in Rhode Island are looking for projects that can be built on brownfields or other reclaimed sites as the amount of greenspace available to them decreases. (Providence Business News)

WIND: A Massachusetts business lobby writes to Gov. Charlie Baker urging changes to the offshore wind price cap as it fears future bidders will look to other states.

Group says offshore wind project endangers right whales

OFFSHORE WIND: A Nantucket groups says federal officials are rushing approval of Vineyard Wind in Massachusetts and neglecting protections for right whales. (Cape Cod Times)

PIPELINES:
• The family of a teenager killed last year in a series of natural gas pipeline explosions in Massachusetts settles its lawsuit with Columbia Gas. (Associated Press)
• The Massachusetts House Majority Leader is at “wit’s end” as he pushes legislation to require air monitoring of a proposed natural gas compressor station. (Patriot-Ledger)
• A utility that supports a rejected undersea pipeline to supply natural gas to New York City sent an email to customers urging signing of a petition to be sent to Gov. Andrew Cuomo. (Sludge) 

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Pipeline expansion splits Massachusetts city leaders

PIPELINES: Natural gas pipeline constraints are forcing difficult decisions as a Massachusetts mayor and the city’s municipal utility are on opposite sides of a proposed expansion. (Energy News Network)

ALSO: A Pennsylvania county judge drops trespass charges against seven protestors who were arrested during a pipeline protest two years ago. (WITF)

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OIL & GAS:
• Pennsylvania employment officials begin offering assistance to workers laid off by the closure of a Philadelphia refinery due to last month’s explosion. (CBS Philly)
• A Harvard study says 50,000 people in six states, including Pennsylvania and New York, live within a block of a gas storage facility.

Maine transmission line saw unprecedented advertising spending

TRANSMISSION: Proponents and opponents of a transmission line in Maine spent at least $1.8 million on advertising since late last year. (Bangor Daily News)

PIPELINES: Suburban Philadelphia residents fear the Mariner East pipeline now under construction creates a catastrophic risk similar to a construction explosion in western Pennsylvania. (Philadelphia Magazine)

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OIL & GAS:
• The Philadelphia refinery closed by a recent explosion will pay its workers until the end of August while the owner contemplates the future of the facility. (WHYY)
• Analysts say the refinery is unlikely to find a buyer willing to invest in its repairs and needed upgrades.