Northeast Energy News

Biofuels producer wants to buy Philadelphia refinery

OIL & GAS: A biofuels producer proposes to buy part of a Philadelphia refinery closed by a June explosion that is slated for permanent shutdown. (Reuters)

ALSO:
Workers at the refinery pleaded with city officials to find a way to keep the plant open. (PlanPhilly)
A Pennsylvania county official joined business leaders in opposition to Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposed severance tax on natural gas extraction as a way to fund $4.5 billion in infrastructure improvements. (Reading Eagle)
A New York environmental coalition is opposing a natural gas drilling proposal that they say is an attempt to circumvent the state’s fracking ban. (DeSmog)

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PIPELINES: Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf told anti-pipeline activists he will not shut down construction of the Mariner East pipeline and will defer to state regulators. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)

WIND:
• Bids for Massachusetts’ second solicitation for offshore wind contracts are due today as the industry faces uncertainty due to a delayed review of a project from the first solicitation and the removal of a price cap. (South Coast Today)
• Environmental and labor leaders applauded Connecticut’s solicitation of up to 2,000 MW of offshore wind that they hope will cause a bidding war among developers. (The Day)
• A state siting board approves construction of a nearly 102 MW land-based wind farm in western New York. (Daily Energy Insider)

RENEWABLE ENERGY: A new report says Pennsylvania has improved its national rankings in solar and wind generation over the last decade. (The Morning Call)

SOLAR:
An Albany suburb is looking to develop solar arrays on two nearby landfills. (Altamont Enterprise)
For the second year, a Delaware program that offers low-interest loans to encourage solar energy adoption has reached $2 million in loans to qualified homeowners. (Delaware Business Now)

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UTILITIES: Central Maine Power drops its dispute with Portland over responsibility for maintenance of street lights and will work with the city to repair them. (Press Herald) 

COMMENTARY:
• Food & Water Watch says Maryland need stricter rules to eliminate dirty energy from what qualifies as clean energy sources under its renewable portfolio standard. (Maryland Matters)
• A task force chair says closing a Hartford trash-burning plant would reverse a racial injustice that was perpetrated by the facility’s opening in 1986. (Hartford Courant)

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