Northeast Energy News

Northeast bracing for uncertain winter heating oil supply

OIL & GAS: Fuel distributors in the Northeast predict uncertain supplies this winter due to new sulfur regulations and the loss of a Philadelphia refinery. (Reuters) 

OFFSHORE WIND:
One of Europe’s largest utilities intends to become a player in the U.S. offshore wind industry, as it sees the Northeast as the biggest opportunity in the worldwide market. (Greentech Media)
New York will conduct five studies to assess the impact of offshore wind development on marine life and commercial fishing. (Newsday)

MICROGRIDS: A $1 billion microgrid at a Connecticut data center will be powered by 44 fuel cells. (Microgrid Knowledge)

PIPELINES:
Independent experts say a loud noise at a Pennsylvania pipeline was likely caused by a vapor buildup and Sunoco should be more forthcoming with an explanation. (StateImpact Pennsylvania)
Two Pennsylvanian constables were arrested for violating state law by acting as private security for a subcontractor at the Mariner East pipeline. (Philadelphia Inquirer)
• Business owners on Long Island held a rally to say that a moratorium on natural gas hookups is hurting development in the region. (Newsday)
• Massachusetts regulators will begin hearings next week on proposed regulations that would require utilities to adopt uniform standards when reporting natural gas leaks from aging infrastructure. (The Daily News)

NUCLEAR:
 Federal regulators decline to postpone relicensing of New Hampshire’s Seabrook nuclear plant, which had been requested by a nuclear watchdog group. (Seacoastonline)
Pennsylvania health officials will distribute free potassium iodide, which helps protect thyroid glands against radioactive iodine, at five locations this month near the state’s nuclear power plants. (WFJM)

UTILITIES: Maine regulators say they will consider a proposed $6 million compensation fund for dissatisfied customers along with Central Maine Power’s rate request by year’s end. (Press Herald)

COMMENTARY:
An electric cooperative manager praises a new Vermont program that extends weatherization assistance to 1,500 homeowners who were previously unable to qualify. (VT Digger)
An environmental group says Pennsylvania can remain a viable electricity exporter if it adopts a price on carbon and expands its renewable energy capacity. (Natural Resources Defense Council)

 

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