Northeast Energy News

Heating oil industry to seek biofuel requirements

BIOFUELS: Northeastern heating oil dealers will press for state mandates to include some biofuels added to home heating oil to help them reach their carbon-reduction goals. (Energy News Network)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: New Jersey regulators start a process to encourage electric vehicle use that they hope leads to 330,000 on state roads in less than six years. (NJ Spotlight)

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NATURAL GAS:
• Some business owners who were forced to close because of a Friday gas leak in Massachusetts say they still have not recovered from a series of explosions more than a year ago. (WGBH)
• Both sides of the fracked gas pipeline issue are criticizing New York state over the emergence of a “virtual pipeline” of trucks hauling compressed natural gas on state roads to reach Northeastern markets. (Oneonta Daily Star)

REFINERY: Philadelphia officials will release a report in November with recommendations on the future of the refinery that was closed following a June explosion. (StateImpact Pennsylvania) 

BIOMASS: New Hampshire biomass plant owners drop their lawsuit to enforce a state subsidy plan after federal regulators ruled it is illegal. (NHPR)

CLIMATE:
• Maine’s vast forestlands will be a key part of fulfilling Gov. Janet Mills’ pledge to make the state carbon neutral by 2045. (Portland Press Herald)
• Vermont’s largest utility says it will divest fossil fuel holdings from its company pension fund by the end of next year. (Times Argus) 

TRANSMISSION: Maine environmental regulators will soon decide whether to reopen the proceeding for a controversial transmission line to allow developers to reroute a portion of it. (Centralmaine.com)

SOLAR:
• Rhode Island has commissioned a study to determine the amount of solar energy potential that exists in “non-greenfield” sites. (Providence Journal)
• A Pennsylvania utility says the proliferation of distributed resources like solar creates operational challenges so it is asking state regulators to allow it more direct control over them. (Daily Energy Insider)

REGULATION: The nation’s top utility regulator acknowledges frustration of various groups due to his agency’s inability to resolve a stalemate over the contentious PJM capacity market. (Greentech Media)

PIPELINES: The National Park Service signs off on allowing a pipeline to be built under a canal that is part of a Maryland historic site. (WDVM)

OFFSHORE WIND: At an energy forum in Boston, the head of the federal agency that has delayed the permit for Vineyard Wind refuses to say when its review will be complete. (Commonwealth Magazine)

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ACTIVISM: Sixty-seven climate protestors are arrested for trespassing at a New Hampshire coal power in the largest display of civil disobedience in the state in decades. (Union Leader)

COMMENTARY:
• Two county executives on Long Island say New York needs to allow natural gas pipelines into the state for their communities to thrive. (New York Daily News)
• The retired head of a University of Maryland environmental department says the state is positioned to lead the fight against climate change if bold actions already started there are continued and expanded. (Baltimore Sun)

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