Northeast Energy News

Lack of trained workers slows New Hampshire clean energy growth

CLEAN ENERGY: A report says before coronavirus hit, New Hampshire companies were struggling to fill clean energy jobs due to a lack of qualified workers and a dearth of training opportunities. (Energy News Network)

OIL AND GAS:
• The closing of the $252 million bankruptcy sale of a Philadelphia refinery is delayed but no explanation has been given. (Reuters)
• The Wolf administration advances methane regulations for more than 8,400 oil and gas wells in Pennsylvania and will hold three virtual hearings later this month. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)
• The operator of national pipeline networks including Mariner East will reportedly cut 6% of its workforce due to weak oil prices. (Reuters)
• Emissions from oil storage tanks in Maine appear to be inadequately monitored a year after a consent decree was filed between regulators and a partial owner of the facility. (InsideClimate News)

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EMISSIONS: New York and several other Northeastern states move to intervene in a federal lawsuit filed by a libertarian think tank to weaken vehicle fuel economy standards. (E&E News, subscription required)

WIND: Naturalists say New York’s expedited approval process for wind energy projects poses risks to bird populations with inadequate reviews. (Surf Birds)

SOLAR: The developer of a 180 MW solar project in northern New York says it is anxious to hold public meetings to discuss the project as soon as COVID-19 regulations allow them. (NNY360)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: New Jersey launches an online application for rebates of up to $5,000 for purchases of electric vehicles since January 17, 2020. (Transportation Today)

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EFFICIENCY: Energy efficiency upgrades done at the Empire State Building over the past decade reduced emissions by 40% and save $4 million in annual electricity costs. (CleanTechnica)

COMMENTARY A doctoral candidate in climate science bemoans a Massachusetts city’s rejection of a $275,000 grant to begin an energy transition to cleaner resources. (Daily Hampshire Gazette) [EDITOR’S NOTE: The Barr Foundation also funds Northeast Energy News, funders do not have access to our editorial process]

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