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Rhode Island rejects natural gas power plant

POWER PLANTS: Rhode Island regulators yesterday rejected a $1 billion natural gas plant first proposed four years ago, saying its power generation is not needed. (Providence Journal)

ALSO: Concerns about climate change are being raised as Maryland regulators have approved the conversion of a closed coal power plant to natural gas. (Baltimore Sun)

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OIL & GAS:
The second fire in a month has broken out at a Philadelphia oil refinery that is a major gasoline supplier on the East Coast. (Bloomberg)
A community forum in western Pennsylvania discussed the need for more study to investigate possible links between a rare cancer and shale gas drilling in the region. (Observer-Reporter)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
Vermont created its first electric vehicle incentive in a transportation bill that advocates call a modest start. (Energy News Network)
Maryland regulators approved 850 utility-owned public charging stations and set rates for Level 2 and fast-charging. (Electrek)
Vermont will run a two-year pilot project to test electric buses in school and transit systems. (news release)

OFFSHORE WIND: Following legislation to require a power contract, the developer of a floating wind turbine in Maine expects a new investor later this year. (Greentech Media)

NUCLEAR:
Federal regulators approved the sale of a shuttered New Jersey nuclear plant to a company that specializes in decommissioning them. (Asbury Park Press)
Efforts to provide aid to Pennsylvania’s nuclear fleet are expected to fade in the current legislative session and be reintroduced in the fall. (Lehigh Valley Business)

TRANSMISSION: A town in Maine reconsidering its support of a transmission line from Canada held a community forum Thursday in anticipation of a non-binding vote next week. (WGME)

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SOLAR: A trade publication estimates that New York’s requirement of 70% renewable energy by 2030 would translate to 23 GW of solar, up from the current 8 GW that is installed or planned. (PV Magazine)

COMMENTARY: An environmental groups says accidental burning of iodine at a New Jersey waste-to-energy plant is a serious public health risk. (news release)

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