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)

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)

• 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)

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) 

• 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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