Northeast Energy News

Losing refinery bidder seeks Trump’s help

OIL & GAS: The losing bidder in the bankruptcy auction for a Philadelphia refinery petitions the White House for assistance to keep it in oil production though it is unclear what the Trump administration could do. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

CLIMATE:
• A bill package intended to enact zero emissions and other climate measures in Massachusetts by 2050 goes before the state Senate today. (Cape Cod Times)
Maryland legislators introduce a series of bills to address climate change impacts. (Maryland Matters)
• New Hampshire legislators cite worsening storms as they seek greater state control over 300 aging privately owned dams that may be vulnerable to collapse. (Seacoastonline)

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PIPELINES: A local judge finds a Pennsylvania couple guilty of trespassing and disorderly conduct after they observed a construction site of the Mariner East pipeline. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)

TRANSMISSION: Power producers in New York release a study that questions the emissions benefits of a proposed transmission line that would supply New York City with Canadian hydropower. (E&E News, subscription required) 

TRANSPORTATION:
• Officials say Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf is evaluating state participation in a regional tailpipe emissions compact. (Pennsylvania Capital-Star)
• A New Jersey town buys four electric vehicles for municipal departments that require short trips with numerous stops. (Patch.com)

POWER PLANTS: A New Hampshire legislator proposes a bill to end the local tax exemption power plants have for air and water pollution controls. (Seacoastonline)

EMISSIONS: An environmental groups says Pittsburgh had 90 days of unhealthy air in 2018 so a city council ally is advocating electric buses and energy efficient buildings. (WTAE)

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EFFICIENCY: Cities nationally, including many in the Northeast, are incorporating workforce development programs into their efforts to prepare employees needed for jobs in energy efficiency. (ACEEE)

COMMENTARY:
• A Harvard graduate says the university has ignored student activism promoting divestment of fossil fuels from its endowment, so a new strategy is to elect like-minded graduates to university boards. (New York Times)
• Connecticut residents will again rally in opposition to a new gas-fired power plant that was approved by a half-empty state siting board. (CT Mirror)

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