Northeast Energy News

Closed Maryland industrial site to stage offshore wind project

OFFSHORE WIND: A small portion of a closed steel mill in Maryland will become a staging area for construction of the state’s first offshore wind farm. (Baltimore Sun)

ALSO:
A Massachusetts legislator is proposing a budget amendment to address the uncertain effects of a declining price cap on future offshore wind contracts. (CommonWealth Magazine)
Massachusetts legislators approved a bill allowing Vineyard Wind to interconnect the offshore wind project in the Town of Barnstable. (North American Windpower)

CLIMATE CHANGE:
• New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy signed a bill to reduce emissions in the state while conceding it does not go far enough to address some greenhouse gases. (NJ Spotlight)
• The Baker administration in Massachusetts is exploring even more aggressive emissions reductions than what is called for in the Global Warming Solutions Act. (Worcester Telegram)

UTILITIES:
Regulators concluded their investigation into a fallen power line that killed a Pennsylvania man in 2016 and recommended a $4.5 fine of utility Met-Ed. (PennLive)
Maine’s Public Advocate says its office will conclude its investigation of billing complaints against Central Maine Power by the end of August while the governor’s energy office has formally intervened in the case. (Bangor Daily News, WGME)
• Climate protestors picketed a Vermont Public Utilities Commission hearing on proposed changes of the ownership structure of two state utilities. (VT Digger)

OIL & GAS:
Foreign banks have dropped their objections to the bankruptcy filing by a Philadelphia refinery that was closed by a June explosion after they negotiated financing terms during a court hearing on Tuesday. (Reuters)
Three Greek shipping companies have sued the refinery for $600,000 in unpaid bills for delivery of crude oil from Africa. (Reuters)

COAL: The recent heat wave in New England resulted in some of the highest weekend demand for energy with a reliance on backup coal and oil generation. (ecoRI)

POWER PLANTS: Invenergy has suspended its permit application for a transmission line to serve a power plant that was denied by a Rhode Island siting board, signaling that it may not appeal the decision. (UpriseRI)

PIPELINES:
Business owners in New York City say their inability to obtain more natural gas service due to inadequate supplies is harming expansion plans. (Crain’s New York Business)
• Pipeline owners that want to ship Canadian crude oil from Montreal to a Maine port argued in a federal appeals court that a local law preventing the shipments should be struck down. (Press Herald) 

STORAGE: The Northeast is poised to become a national hub for energy storage, especially after the enactment of policies in New York and Massachusetts. (Greentech Media)

COMMENTARY:
• An environmentalist says Central Maine Power’s billing problems point to even larger issues that prevent its ability to become a modern, customer-oriented utility. (CentralMaine.com)
• An editorial board says an attempt to sidestep a law that requires state utility regulators to be registered voters in Rhode Island is an embarrassment for Gov. Gina Raimondo. (Providence Journal)

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