Northeast bracing for uncertain winter heating oil supply

OIL & GAS: Fuel distributors in the Northeast predict uncertain supplies this winter due to new sulfur regulations and the loss of a Philadelphia refinery. (Reuters) 

OFFSHORE WIND:
• One of Europe’s largest utilities intends to become a player in the U.S. offshore wind industry, as it sees the Northeast as the biggest opportunity in the worldwide market. (Greentech Media)
• New York will conduct five studies to assess the impact of offshore wind development on marine life and commercial fishing. (Newsday)

MICROGRIDS: A $1 billion microgrid at a Connecticut data center will be powered by 44 fuel cells. (Microgrid Knowledge)

PIPELINES:
• Independent experts say a loud noise at a Pennsylvania pipeline was likely caused by a vapor buildup and Sunoco should be more forthcoming with an explanation.

New Jersey regulators say financing overhaul protects solar projects

SOLAR: New Jersey regulators try to reassure solar developers that new financing rules under review will not bankrupt existing projects. (NJ Spotlight)

ALSO: Massachusetts officials unveil the latest iteration of a plan to more accurately value solar generation when it shaves peak demand. (PV Magazine)

OIL & GAS:
• At the first meeting of an advisory panel to discuss the fate of a damaged Philadelphia refinery, residents said they want the polluting site permanently closed while workers want to restore jobs. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)
• A dangerous chemical that is being removed at the site still poses a danger to the surrounding community, fire officials say. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)
• Massachusetts siting officials extend a deadline for parties to intervene in the review of an LNG terminal at the request of two communities near the proposed site.

Maine power line approval appealed to state Supreme Court

TRANSMISSION: A transmission developer says Maine’s approval of a power line to import Canadian hydropower is “replete with errors” as it appealed the ruling to the state’s Supreme Court. (Associated Press)

ALSO: Pennsylvania regulators today will begin two days of hearings to consider a $372 million transmission line that also runs through Maryland that grid operator PJM says will relieve system congestion. (PennLive) 

PIPELINES:
• New Jersey regulators extend the comment period for the 27 mile Northeast Supply Enhancement pipeline until Aug. 23. (Bridgewater Courier News)
• Company officials say a loud noise during routine maintenance of the Mariner East pipeline Monday was caused by a “backfire” and posed no public safety risk.

New York carbon plan could challenge federal regulators

CLIMATE: New York’s proposed carbon pricing plan could pose a challenge to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, which has been reluctant to address climate change. (E&E News) 

PIPELINES:
• Increasingly severe rainfalls — a consequence of climate change — are dislodging oil and gas pipelines in Pennsylvania; engineers warn current standards may not be strong enough. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
• A Massachusetts agency has again delayed its review of a proposed compressor station. (Patriot Ledger)
• Neighbors are organizing to oppose a proposed compressor station in rural Pennsylvania. (WFMZ)

OIL & GAS:
• Pennsylvania lawmakers say a proposed severance tax on oil and gas could help restore a contaminated plot of land in Nanticoke into a recreational complex.

New York landowners plan to bypass state’s fracking ban

OIL & GAS: A company hopes to drill on 53 acres in New York using a process it says circumvents the state’s fracking ban. (Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin)

ALSO:
• Developers of a proposed liquefied natural gas storage facility in New Hampshire hold a science demonstration to explain how the material is handled. (Seacoast Online)
• Crews this week will start neutralizing thousands of gallons of toxic hydrofluoric acid at a Philadelphia refinery that is shutting down. (WHYY)

WIND:
• A fishing industry advocate says it may be too late to compile an accurate “before” study of conditions areas under development for offshore wind as some work has already begun. (South Coast Today)
• Developers of a Connecticut offshore wind supply hub say changes in the state’s Port Authority leadership haven’t delayed the project.