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)

ALSO:
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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PIPELINES:
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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