Northeast Energy News

Explosion may force permanent closure of Philadelphia refinery

OIL & GAS: The Philadelphia refinery that was damaged by an explosion and fire last week may permanently close with layoffs expected to be announced today. (Reuters)

ALSO: A review of the explosion and fire at the refinery will include study of the potential release of a dangerous chemical. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)

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TRANSMISSION:
• Massachusetts regulators approve power contracts with Hydro-Quebec to import Canadian energy over a proposed power line in Maine over objections questioning its environmental benefits. (CommonWealth Magazine)
A Maine town in the path of a transmission line to impart Canadian hydropower voted by show of hands to oppose the project in a non-binding resolution. (Sun Journal)

NUCLEAR: A nuclear services company that has been acquiring closed power plants received $260 million in tax breaks from New Jersey did not disclose it had similar aid from Ohio revoked when it failed to create promised jobs. (ProPublica)

EFFICIENCY: Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan signed an executive order directing energy efficiency studies and policies for state-owned buildings. (CBS Baltimore)

WIND: Massachusetts U.S. Sen. Edward Markey reintroduced legislation to extend the investment tax credit for offshore wind days after his visit to a proposed shoreline industry hub. (Herald News)

PIPELINES:
Opponents of a proposed natural gas pipeline in Vermont have been permitted by regulators to intervene in the state’s review of ownership changes by utilities’ Canadian parent companies. (VT Digger)
Health officials from 100 Massachusetts communities have written to Gov. Charlie Baker asking for a state study of the health and safety risks of natural gas infrastructure projects. (Eagle-Tribune)

SOLAR:
A developer has scrapped plans to turn a western Massachusetts golf course into a solar farm. (Berkshire Eagle)
Residential solar installers are asking Massachusetts to consider changes to a proposed state program to lower homeowner costs and shorten interconnection waiting times. (PV Magazine)

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RENEWABLE ENERGY: Maine Gov. Janet Mills will sign three bills that promote clean energy, including an increase in the state’s renewable portfolio standard. (Associated Press)

COMMENTARY:
• An editorial board says Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf must act quickly to order a study on the potential health risks of fracking. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
• Former Maine Gov. John Baldacci, also a board member of the parent company of Central Maine Power, has been conspicuously absent from any discussion about a disastrous rollout of a new billing system, a columnist writes. (Press Herald)

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