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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)

• 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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OIL & GAS:  Philadelphia officials say the new owner of a closed and damaged oil refinery will discontinue oil operations and have an aggressive timeline to clean up the site. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

• The head of New York’s power grid says meeting the state’s ambitious renewable energy goals requires a price on carbon. (E&E News, subscription required)
• Massachusetts’ energy head says the state’s push to net-zero emissions by 2050 puts it among the most aggressive goals in the world. (CommonWealth Magazine)

• A Norwegian wind consultant says the U.S. offshore wind market could approach 20 GW by 2030 if market trends continue and regulatory approvals are won. (
• A public hearing will be held to determine the financial benefits that local governments may gain from a proposed wind farm in Maine. (Ellsworth American)

COAL: Maryland, Pennsylvania and Vermont are among states that question Trump administration attempts to roll back rules for stricter standards for disposing coal ash. (The Hill)

NUCLEAR: The company decommissioning the closed Pilgrim nuclear power plant tells Massachusetts lawmakers that attempts to impose higher cleanup standards exceed state authority and will impose more costs. (SouthCoastToday)

PIPELINES: Environmentalists are seeking reconsideration of federal approval of the Adelphia pipeline conversion from oil to natural gas in eastern Pennsylvania. (The Intelligencer)

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ACTIVISM: Opponents of a Massachusetts compressor station occupy a state environmental office because they say officials have not responded to complaints about unsafe construction practices. (WickedLocal)

• An environmentalist says Massachusetts’ goal of net-zero emissions is “business as usual” and does not include the immediate steps needed to address the climate crisis. (CommonWealth Magazine)
• An energy efficiency consultant says New Jersey gave inadequate attention to efficiency in its resource planning that could lead to costly delays. (NJ Spotlight)
• A former environmental commissioner in Maine says climate change is the real enemy and not a proposed power line to import Canadian hydropower. (

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