Northeast Energy News

New Jersey plans largest offshore wind port on East Coast

OFFSHORE WIND: New Jersey unveils plans to make the first port on the East Coast solely dedicated to offshore wind and capable of serving projects in multiple states. (NJ Spotlight)

OIL & GAS:
• The proposed owner of a closed Philadelphia refinery envisions a multi-billion dollar redevelopment that will take a decade needing 8,000 construction workers and providing 10,000 permanent jobs. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)
• The former speaker of the Pennsylvania House who resigned this week takes a job as general counsel of a natural gas utility based in Pittsburgh. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

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TRANSPORTATION: With car sales slow and interest in cycling surging, advocates in Connecticut want electric vehicle rebates expanded to include e-bikes, similar to what two Vermont utilities have done. (Energy News Network)

CLIMATE:
• Six working groups of the Maine Climate Council will present strategies to address climate change in virtual meetings held today and tomorrow. (News Center Maine)
• Activists hold a virtual rally to lobby Pennsylvania legislators to take action on bills related to emissions reduction, clean energy and transportation. (Pennlive.com)

SOLAR:
• Maine Gov. Janet Mills and other state officials join solar advocates and other states asking federal regulators to reject a petition by an obscure group to place net-metering programs under federal jurisdiction. (Portland Press Herald)
• A study indicates that maps required in four Northeastern states and three others to show grid interconnection capabilities must be more accurate to be useful. (PV Magazine)

GRID: Environmentalists and consumer advocates sue federal regulators over market rules approved last year that they say will increase customer costs. (E&E News, subscription required) 

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EFFICIENCY:
• Maine Sen. Angus King in a hearing voices concerns that job losses in energy efficiency due to coronavirus could be permanent. (Maine Public)
• Efficiency Vermont expands eligibility for its efficiency programs to people of moderate income levels. (WCAX)

COMMENTARY: The League of Conservation Voters says efficiency in New Jersey and other states saves money and creates jobs that can’t be outsourced. (NJ Spotlight)

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