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)

OIL & GAS:
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)

SOLAR:
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)

PIPELINES:
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)

COMMENTARY:
• 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. (NJ.com)
• 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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