Northeast Energy News

Owner wants to sell damaged Philadelphia refinery

OIL & GAS: The owner of a Philadelphia refinery that suffered an explosion and fire last week confirmed it will shutter the facility but wants to sell it to an entity that will restart it. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

If the refinery permanently closes, environmentalists foresee an area ripe for a greener future after extensive site remediation. (WHYY)
Environmental organizations in western Pennsylvania are opposed to the inclusion of a natural gas storage hub in a 25-year regional planning document. (Pittsburgh City Paper)

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Rhode Island legislators are poised to pass bills to expand solar power but environmentalists say they do not provide protections for green space. (Providence Journal)
An upstate town board heard mixed views from farmers on whether to allow solar development on their farmland. (Post-Star)
New York officials are finalizing a solar forecasting project that uses digital imaging to predict generation patterns. (Daily Energy Insider)

TRANSPORTATION: New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu vetoed a bill that would have required the state vehicle fleet to be zero emissions by 2039, saying it would drive up taxpayer costs. (Associated Press)

REGULATION: Rhode Island legislators will not consider the nomination of a new chair of the Public Utilities Commission until she fulfills residency requirements in the state. (ecoRI)

EFFICIENCY: New York legislators are hoping to prod state regulators to adopt an overdue series of efficiency standards for a host of consumer products. (Times Union)

CLIMATE: The New York City Council passed a resolution declaring a climate emergency, becoming the largest city to do so. (The Hill)

PIPELINES: A free market think tank report argues that New York’s ban on new pipelines hurts the economy and drives up pollution by increasing reliance on home heating oil. (Crain’s New York Business)

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UTILITIES: Maine’s Office of Public Advocate has asked regulators to conduct additional testing of Central Maine Power’s problematic billing system in advance of a series of state hearings next month. (WGME)

• The Sustainable Montpelier Coalition says Vermont will need to adapt to unusual weather patterns as it responds to the challenges presented by climate change. (VT Digger)
• An environmentalist says a proposal in Pennsylvania to shower tax benefits and direct aid to natural gas projects will end badly for taxpayers and the environment. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

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