Northeast Energy News

New Jersey business groups fret over climate plans

CLIMATE: New Jersey business groups raise questions about the potential impact of new regulations under the state’s climate plan; state officials say the plan will yield economic benefits and climate action can’t wait. (NJ Spotlight)

Creditors of a bankrupt Philadelphia refinery say a plan submitted by its owners is a scheme to pay millions in “bogus” bonuses to its executives. (Philadelphia Inquirer)
Supporters of tax breaks for petrochemical manufacturers believe they have the votes to override a threatened veto by Gov. Tom Wolf. (WESA)
A Delaware forum on a proposed LNG export facility in New Jersey drew fierce opposition to the plan. (Delco Times)

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EFFICIENCY: Utilities and municipal officials press New Jersey regulators to more aggressively promote LEDs for street lighting. (NJ Spotlight)

TRANSMISSION: New Jersey regulators blame increasing residential and commercial electric rates on higher costs for transmission upgrades. (NJ Spotlight)

CLEAN ENERGY: Massachusetts’ clean energy agenda faces setbacks that include a delay in offshore wind permitting and mounting opposition to imported hydropower. (Boston Globe)

County officials in western New York say solar developers are resisting proposals to triple what they pay local communities in lieu of taxes on their projects. (Olean Times Herald)
A New York town now has an operating 2.8 MW solar array on its former landfill with output split between municipal functions and residences. (HV1)

A federal court dismisses an appeal from the Narragansett tribe that said pipeline construction destroyed a site with its ceremonial stone groupings. (Associated Press)
A Maine legislative committee endorses a bill to add liquified propane gas to the state’s “dig safe” law following a fatal explosion last year. (Sun Journal)

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GRID: Capacity prices at a New England power grid auction set a record low but some renewable energy resources failed to participate when federal regulators said they missed a filing deadline. (Utility Dive)

• The Philadelphia Inquirer says plans to redevelop the site of a closed oil refinery must take into account the interests of the 113,000 residents who live within a mile of the plant.
• A former Dutch coal company with its North American headquarters in New Jersey says it supports the state’s move to 100% renewable energy. (
• An editorial board says Pennsylvania legislators fail to consider a modest tax increase on oil and gas producers but are generous in doling out subsidies to an industry that does not need them. (The Citizens’ Voice)

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