Northeast Energy News

Refinery executives paid bonuses before bankruptcy 

OIL & GAS: A Philadelphia refinery closed by a June explosion paid bonuses of $4.5 million to executives two weeks before it declared bankruptcy in July. (Reuters)

Pennsylvania landowners have seen royalty payments for natural gas extraction plummet as an oversupply of the fuel has caused persistent low prices. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
Shale gas drillers in Pennsylvania are seeking substantially fewer permits for new wells. (Platts)
New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu today will sign a bill banning drilling off the state’s coast for oil and gas. (Associated Press)

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A Pennsylvania court rules a state senator trying to block construction of the Mariner East pipeline lacks legal standing to sue, and orders state regulators to dismiss an injunction. (Philadelphia Inquirer)
A year after a pipeline ruptured in western Pennsylvania, details are still emerging on how the project won its permits. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

STORAGE: A trade group asks Vermont regulators to investigate the state’s home battery storage program because it says its current design gives too much influence to Green Mountain Power. (VT Digger)

SOLAR: A New York county has opted out of a state program to exempt solar developments from taxation on their full value. (Daily Gazette)

CLEAN ENERGY: New York and Massachusetts are among the states blazing the trail for large-scale adoption of distributed energy resources. (Greentech Media)

POWER PLANTS: Environmentalists tell Connecticut officials that the state’s support for a natural gas power plant to be built later this year contradicts their goal to reduce carbon emissions. (Hartford Courant)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Environmental advocates release a toolkit of model laws and plans to help New York municipalities increase electric vehicle use. (Albany Times Union)

UTILITIES: A Central Maine Power executive defends the company’s billing practices, citing a state report that high bills were mainly caused by severe winter weather. (Portland Press Herald)

POWER PRICES: A trade group representing merchant power generators says a recent study predicting high capacity costs in PJM used the highest possible projections. (Platts)

COMMENTARY: An editorial board says New York is making a utility a scapegoat for imposing a moratorium on new customers that was caused by the state’s refusal to build a new gas pipeline. (NNY360)

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