Northeast Energy News

Industrial site developer wins Philadelphia refinery auction

OIL & GAS: A Chicago developer’s $240 million bid wins a bankruptcy auction for a closed Philadelphia refinery, likely ending its use as an oil processing site. (Philadelphia Inquirer) 

• The number of natural gas drilling rigs operating in Pennsylvania is about half of what it was a year ago due to low prices. (Pittsburgh Business Times)
• Pennsylvania environmental regulators more than double the permit fees for shale gas development. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

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• New York is making up for lost time in the race to become the center of the U.S. offshore wind industry with new efforts to develop a manufacturing hub. (Greentech Media)
• The developer of a $270 million wind project in Maine says it is on track for a groundbreaking in 2021. (Mainebiz) 

EFFICIENCY: A proposal by New Jersey regulators to increase the state’s efficiency efforts acknowledges that programs need to be improved to gain greater participation. (NJ Spotlight)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: New York regulators recommend an electric vehicle charging plan that would rely on utilities to build out the infrastructure and place it in their annual capital spending plans. (Utility Dive)

STORAGE: A New York City company is installing solar and storage at ambulance services to maintain critical services during power outages and other emergencies. (Yale Climate Connections)

• New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo suggests a greater state role in siting and developing clean energy projects to break a logjam in bringing new projects online. (Politico)
• Vermont Democrats say Gov. Phil Scott’s budget plans to increase clean energy spending don’t go far enough and they are prepared to offer their own plan. (VT Digger)

REGULATION: Maryland joins other states and clean energy advocates in asking federal regulators to reconsider a rule change that would make renewable energy more expensive and thwart efforts to expand its use. (Baltimore Sun)

CLIMATE: New Hampshire legislators hold their first hearing on a bill to create a state climate action plan. (NHPR)

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DIVESTMENT: New York City selects financial advisors to manage its planned divestment of $3 billion in pension fund fossil fuel assets. (E&E News, subscription)

• U.S. Sen. Chris Coons of Delaware says climate change can be addressed by several bipartisan measures he has co-sponsored with Republicans. (Cape Gazette)
• A former health administrator says a power line to import Canadian hydropower through Maine is needed to combat the climate crisis. (Bangor Daily News)
• Maryland religious leaders say the state must honor its previous commitment to the Paris Accords and reverse recent actions that fail to promote clean energy. (Maryland Matters)

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